Arsenal’s last two league games have been proven strong evidence that they could well return back to the top four come the end of the season. Arsenal will want to thank Watford’s Troy Deeney as their source of inspiration, after the forward jibed the club for lacking “cojones” (via Sky Sports) when the two sides met back in October.
Sunday’s – extremely – late winner at Turf Moor proved that Arsenal had the backbone to win a hard fought game, adding on top of their North London Derby win a week prior. The tough match against Burnley was a game that the Gunners could’ve lost in previous seasons, though the London club scraped the win, and head back to the capital where they await a Huddersfield side.
A win for Arsenal will carry them well into the big clash over the weekend, when Arsene Wenger and Jose Mourinho lock horns again.
Huddersfield, however, will feel much hard done by after their defeat to Pep Guardiola’s unbeaten Manchester City side. David Wagner’s men went into the break 1-0 up, and fans around the stadium held the belief that their team could take the scalp of another Manchester club.
But goals from Sergio Aguero and Raheem Sterling was enough to burst Huddersfield’s presumptuous bubble.
Huddersfield head to the Emirates on Wednesday evening to take on an Arsenal side that are enjoying a sturdy run off form. Though, they will be without Rajiv Van la Parra, who is suspended after his sending off over the weekend.
Jon Stankovic and Phillip Billing are Huddersfield’s long term absentees who remain sidelined until after the new year.
Mesut Özil, who was omitted from the squad for the trip to Burnley remains sidelined again for Wednesday’s game through illness.
Danny Welbeck and Jack Wilshere both provided good accounts of themselves when subbed on at the weekend, putting them in favour of starting on Wednesday as Wenger will likely rotate his side with one eye on Saturday’s game against Manchester United.
Arsenal starting XI: Cech; Koscielny, Mustafi, Monreal; Bellerin, Xhaka, Wilshere, Kolasinac; Iwobi, Sanchez, Welbeck
Huddersfield starting XI: Lossl, Smith, Jorgensen, Schindler, Malone, Ince, Williams, Hogg, Mooy, Mounie, Depoitr