Huddersfield Town 1 Arsenal 2
Kolasinac og 93,  Iwobi 16, Lacazette 44

Arsenal’s secured their first away win since November with a challenging 2-1 win at Huddersfield. First half strikes from Alex Iwobi and Alexandre Lacazette ensured the Gunners looked comfortable. A rare clean sheet was on the cards until injury time when Sean Kolasinac got the last touch in an attempted clearance to inadvertently steer the ball past Bernd Leno. Kolasinac’s left wing run and cross set up Iwobi to control and shoot for the game’s opener. Laurent Koscielny’s clearance saw the home side appeal for a penalty as the ball appeared to catch his arm. The Gunners survived that scare to double their lead a minute before the break. Some good work from Henrikh Mkhitaryan as he fed to ball to Ainsley Maitland-Niles on the right. His cross was briskly struck in first time by Lacazette for his 12th goal of the season. When Huddersfield halved the deficit deep into stoppage time, Arsenal agonisingly relinquished the opportunity to claim a clean sheet, however they held on for a crucial win which following Chelsea’s 6-0 thrashing at Manchester City meant that the Gunners moved into fifth place above the Blues.

Unai Emery was pleased to come away from the John Smith’s stadium with all three points. The win was important for the Gunners in the run in to the season.

“It was very important, this victory, it is three points for us to be closer to the top four, and our target is this. Knowing we need to take the regularity at home and away, and today this victory I think can give us confidence and the possibility to continue our target in the Premier League.” That target is a top four finish which will be a good achievement for Emery in his first season at the Emirates.

“It is game 26 and there is a one-point difference between Manchester United and us. If we ask if it’s easy or difficult for us then I think it’s difficult, but we can [do it]. On game 26 we are on our way. Our motivation is very great and every player wants to [work hard] in every match and have regularity and consistency in the Premier League in 38 matches, and now we are getting close to our target and to the other teams.”

Arsenal have been in patchy form of late, two losses and three wins in their last five games leaves room for improvement, and Emery is demanding that from his players.

“I want more every time, because in the first half the difference between them and us was two goals, and it is not enough, because if they score one they can get more. My ambition is to want them to keep the mentality and don’t concede the position to the opposition. But I know it’s easier on the bench than on the pitch but today I think the players worked well.”

The Gunners travel to BATE Borisov on Thursday in their Europa League first leg last 32 fixture. Their FA Cup exit means that Arsenal will next be in action in the return Europa League leg on the 21st February against BATE before retiring to Premier League action with the hosting Southampton on 24th February.