After a couple of back-to-back away trips Arsenal finally return back to The Emirates tonight as we face Huddersfield in the first set of midweek Premier League games.
After the not so convincing win away at Burnley on the weekend, a return home will be welcomed by everyone. With that win moving us above Liverpool and Tottenham into 4th and our next three games at home that gives us a great chance to put some pressure on the teams above us.
However, Huddersfield won’t be the easiest of teams to face at the moment, especially after their outstanding performances against the two Manchester clubs. With David Wagner’s side currently sitting in 13th place, his team have impressed in their first pop in the Premier League.
So much so that Arsene Wenger is very wary of the threat they will bring:
“It’s a massive game, I watched them before against (Manchester) City and they didn’t deserve to lose the game.
“These teams come from hell, they play 46 games in the Championship and to get out of that you need to be ready for a fight. All the teams who come up will realise that they have that kind of fighting spirit which makes them dangerous for everyone in the Premier League.”
With both of those outstanding performances coming at Kirklees Stadium matched with the fact that Arsenal are on their best home winning streak since 2005 (11 games) then tonight’s proposition looks very promising.
On this great run which includes that memorable victory in the North London Derby, Wenger said:
“I think we’ve been a bit more patient, better defensively as well and could make the difference in the second half many times, then you get the belief that comes from the history of the team at home we feel like we can turn it around no matter what happens and certainly the home support makes a difference”
Focusing on that improvement in our defence, it looks clear that our winning formula for the moment is a back three of Laurent Koscielny, Shkodran Mustafi and Nacho Monreal. The trio, who haven’t got as much recognition as the front three of AOL, have kept a clean sheet in all the games they’ve played together.
However, with Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United on the horizon for Saturday evening, this could see some rotation for tonight’s game. Wenger has said that his selection won’t be influenced by Saturday’s game but it only seems like the sensible thing to do. Also that’ll hopefully mean we get to see Jack Wilshere start his first Premier League game of the season.
But whoever’s on the pitch tonight, a three points is a must with 3rd place Chelsea playing Swansea City which they’ll probably win so let’s stretch that home winning run to 12 games.