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Arsenal 5-0 Huddersfield Town

Mesut Ozil
Mesut Ozil had a hand in three goals in a single Premier League game for the first time in his career

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger praised "fighter" Mesut Ozil after the German inspired the Gunners to a dominant win against Huddersfield.

Ozil scored one goal and provided two assists as Arsenal made it seven wins from seven Premier League home games this season.

The midfielder, who has been linked with a move away in January, is showing a different side to his game, according to Wenger.

"Nobody has to convince us he's a great football player," said the Frenchman.

"Everybody knows in the stadium he's a great football player, but at the moment as well he shows he can fight.

"When you look at the percentage of possession during a game, no matter what the game is, he always wants the ball. He never hides, he's always available."

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Alexandre Lacazette gave Arsenal an early lead with a confident finish after being put through by Aaron Ramsey's clever flick.

The visitors went close to an equaliser when Petr Cech pushed Steve Mounie's shot onto the bar not long after the restart.

But Arsenal scored three goals in four minutes to end Huddersfield's hopes of getting a surprise result.

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Game over after Gunners' second goal - Wenger

Ozil played a one-two with Alexis Sanchez before the former teed up substitute Olivier Giroud to convert from six yards out.

Soon after, Sanchez made it three with a volley from Ozil's lofted pass.

Ozil capped a superb individual display with a goal, placing the ball beyond Huddersfield goalkeeper Jonas Lossl after being put through by Ramsey, before Giroud's close-range finish in the final minutes completed the rout.

"Ozil is unstoppable against this sort of opposition," said former Arsenal striker Ian Wright on Match of the Day.

"He is energised at the moment and he has so much ability. He's a beautiful player to watch."

Arsenal, who remain fourth, host second-placed Manchester United on Saturday, while Huddersfield drop to 14th.

Arsenal's superb home run continues

The Gunners had won their 11 previous Premier League games on home soil prior to the visit of Huddersfield, a run stretching back to April.

Against a side that had not won away from home since the opening game of the season, win number 12 for the hosts always seemed likely, a view that was only enhanced when Lacazette struck after just three minutes.

The early goal hinted at a long night for the visitors, but Arsenal - initially - failed to build on it. They laboured for more than an hour against a disciplined Terriers side, misplacing passes in defence and leaving gaps that more clinical sides than Huddersfield would have exploited.

But when the second goal arrived on 68 minutes, the Huddersfield defence wilted and, with Giroud also hitting the post and Sanchez shooting over from close range, the win could have been even more comprehensive.

The victory for Arsenal, who have now scored 20 goals in seven home games and conceded just four, sets them up nicely for the visit of Jose Mourinho's side this weekend. Should the Gunners win that game then they will move to within a point of United.

Strong November bodes well for the future

November has traditionally been Arsenal's worst month under Wenger.

Prior to this season, the Gunners' averaged 1.59 points per game in the penultimate month of the year but, encouragingly, there's been no post-Halloween slump from Wenger side this time.

Wednesday's win was their third in four games this month, with their only loss a 3-1 defeat at Premier League leaders Manchester City.

Consistency has been Arsenal's problem this term and keeping their November form going will be crucial to their aspirations for the season.

With their home form strong, Wenger's attention will turn to improving results on the road. Four of their six away games in the Premier League so far this season have ended in defeat.

Terriers showed fight, but lack of bite a concern

Steve Mounie
Huddersfield's record signing Steve Mounie, making his first start since 11 September, went closest for the visitors

Huddersfield deservedly earned plaudits for giving Premier League leaders Manchester City a scare on Sunday, with only Raheem Sterling's fortuitous goal in the closing stages denying the Terriers a point.

Against a side boasting such a formidable home record, and with a trip to Everton coming up on Saturday, David Wagner perhaps saw this weekend's game as the more winnable of the two fixtures this week, a view reinforced by the fact he made six changes for the trip to Arsenal.

To Huddersfield's credit, they competed well after falling behind and arguably should have been level long before Giroud doubled the Gunners' lead.

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Terriers can get past defeats - Wagner

Collin Quaner, making his first Premier League start, was let down by poor control when he was through on goal in the first half, before the forward's low drive was well held by Cech. Chris Lowe also hit the side-netting with a free-kick.

But it is now more than 10 hours without an away goal for Huddersfield, who have hit the back of the net just nine times all season. Only the bottom two sides in the Premier League have scored fewer.

Man of the match - Mesut Ozil

Mesut Ozil
Just as Huddersfield were threatening to get an equaliser, Mesut Ozil took control with a majestic four-minute display in which he got two assists and a goal. A game-changing performance

What they said

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger: "We started well but then we lost our focus and our passing and allowed them to come back into the game.

"Then we got the second goal and suddenly everyone played with more freedom and more technical quality - then Mesut Ozil showed what he can do."

Huddersfield boss David Wagner: "If you are to get something out of these games you have to put our opponents under pressure and score. Goals change games.

"It isn't a surprise it is getting difficult in the Premier League, it was difficult from the beginning. I think we can still be satisfied with the position we are in at the moment. To lose against Arsenal as Huddersfield Town away from home, it isn't a surprise.

"We have learnt from our experiences on Sunday and today. We have had two defeats, they probably shouldn't be a surprise to anybody but we learn from these defeats and we are mentally strong enough to put this behind us."

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  • Arsenal have now won their past 12 home league games in a row, last enjoying a longer run between February and November 2005 at Highbury (13).
  • Huddersfield have failed to score in seven consecutive away games in all competitions - their longest ever such run.
  • Alexandre Lacazette scored his fifth home Premier League goal of the season - no other player has more on their own turf (level with Rooney, Sane, Salah, Lukaku and Jesus).
  • There have been seven goals scored in the opening three minutes of Premier League games this season, with Lacazette scoring two of those.
  • With a goal and two assists, Mesut Ozil was directly involved in three goals in a Premier League game for the first time in his career.
  • Ozil has assisted Olivier Giroud 14 times in the Premier League - only two players have assisted another more often for Arsenal in the competition (Robert Pires to Thierry Henry, 17, and Thierry Henry to Freddie Ljungberg, 15).
  • Olivier Giroud has scored 16 goals as a substitute in the Premier League, the fourth highest tally in the competition (Jermain Defoe 23, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Kanu 17).

What next?

Arsenal host Manchester United on Saturday (17:30 GMT) while Huddersfield are on the road again on the same day as they head to Everton (15:00 GMT) in what is set to be Sam Allardyce's first game as Toffees boss.

Line-ups

Arsenal

  • 33Cech
  • 6Koscielny
  • 20Mustafi
  • 18Monreal
  • 24Bellerín
  • 8RamseySubstituted forWilshereat 73'minutes
  • 29Xhaka
  • 31Kolasinac
  • 11Özil
  • 7SánchezSubstituted forWelbeckat 73'minutes
  • 9LacazetteSubstituted forGiroudat 45'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Mertesacker
  • 10Wilshere
  • 12Giroud
  • 13Ospina
  • 17Iwobi
  • 23Welbeck
  • 34Coquelin

Huddersfield

  • 1Lössl
  • 25Jorgensen
  • 26Schindler
  • 14Cranie
  • 33Hadergjonaj
  • 10MooyBooked at 60minsSubstituted forWilliamsat 74'minutes
  • 6HoggSubstituted forWhiteheadat 78'minutes
  • 15Löwe
  • 23Quaner
  • 9Kachunga
  • 24MounieSubstituted forDepoitreat 74'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Smith
  • 3Malone
  • 4Whitehead
  • 19Williams
  • 20Depoitre
  • 22Ince
  • 28Green
Referee:
Graham Scott
Attendance:
59,285

Match Stats

Home TeamArsenalAway TeamHuddersfield
Possession
Home70%
Away30%
Shots
Home21
Away7
Shots on Target
Home7
Away2
Corners
Home7
Away2
Fouls
Home10
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Arsenal 5, Huddersfield Town 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Arsenal 5, Huddersfield Town 0.

Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Zanka.

Attempt blocked. Granit Xhaka (Arsenal) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Jack Wilshere (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Elias Kachunga (Huddersfield Town).

Attempt missed. Chris Löwe (Huddersfield Town) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high from a direct free kick.

Foul by Sead Kolasinac (Arsenal).

Collin Quaner (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Goal!

Goal! Arsenal 5, Huddersfield Town 0. Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Sead Kolasinac.

Attempt missed. Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Sead Kolasinac.

Attempt saved. Granit Xhaka (Arsenal) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Mesut Özil.

Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Chris Löwe.

Granit Xhaka (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Laurent Depoitre (Huddersfield Town).

Attempt missed. Granit Xhaka (Arsenal) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Danny Welbeck.

Shkodran Mustafi (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Laurent Depoitre (Huddersfield Town).

Substitution

Substitution, Huddersfield Town. Dean Whitehead replaces Jonathan Hogg.

Attempt blocked. Nacho Monreal (Arsenal) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Huddersfield Town. Laurent Depoitre replaces Steve Mounie.

Substitution

Substitution, Huddersfield Town. Danny Williams replaces Aaron Mooy.

Substitution

Substitution, Arsenal. Danny Welbeck replaces Alexis Sánchez.

Substitution

Substitution, Arsenal. Jack Wilshere replaces Aaron Ramsey.

Goal!

Goal! Arsenal 4, Huddersfield Town 0. Mesut Özil (Arsenal) left footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Aaron Ramsey with a through ball.

Goal!

Goal! Arsenal 3, Huddersfield Town 0. Alexis Sánchez (Arsenal) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Mesut Özil with a cross.

Goal!

Goal! Arsenal 2, Huddersfield Town 0. Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Mesut Özil.

Hand ball by Jonathan Hogg (Huddersfield Town).

Offside, Arsenal. Granit Xhaka tries a through ball, but Alexis Sánchez is caught offside.

Foul by Mesut Özil (Arsenal).

Florent Hadergjonaj (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Hand ball by Steve Mounie (Huddersfield Town).

Attempt missed. Alexis Sánchez (Arsenal) right footed shot from the left side of the box is too high. Assisted by Sead Kolasinac.

Booking

Aaron Mooy (Huddersfield Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Granit Xhaka (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Aaron Mooy (Huddersfield Town).

Attempt missed. Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left misses to the left.

Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) hits the left post with a left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box. Assisted by Aaron Ramsey with a through ball.

Nacho Monreal (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Elias Kachunga (Huddersfield Town).

goal

As It Stood

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1Man City1413104493540
2Man Utd1410223282432
3Chelsea1492325111429
4Arsenal1491428161228
5Liverpool1475228181026
6Burnley147431411325
7Tottenham1473422121024
8Watford146352425-121
9Leicester144551920-117
10Brighton144551314-117
11Southampton144461417-316
12Newcastle144371319-615
13Everton144371728-1115
14Huddersfield14437924-1515
15Bournemouth144281216-414
16Stoke143471629-1313
17West Brom142661221-912
18West Ham142481230-1810
19Swansea14239716-99
20Crystal Palace14239825-179
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