While the 2-2 draw at Old Trafford may have been a bit disappointing, but four points from games against Tottenham and Manchester United has put Arsenal in a solid position in the top four race. To hold that position, Arsenal will need to win the games they are expected to and this is one of those. While they have expended a lot of energy in the last few weeks, this is a game Arsenal have to win to achieve their goal of getting back into the top four.
Huddersfield’s objective this season is not to make the top four, or even make the top half, it’s just to stay in the Premier League. Based on their start to the season, that will be just as much of a struggle as Arsenal’s attempts to get in the top four. They did have an upturn in their results in November with two wins and a draw, but they have lost both of their first two games in December. With only 10 points from their first 15 games, they’ll need to start getting points from some unlikely matches. Any points against Arsenal would be a good start.
Arsenal suffered some serious injury issues against Manchester United. Rob Holding looks set to miss an extended period of time after suffering what seems to be a serious knee injury. Aaron Ramsey also left the match injured and is a doubt for Saturday. Along with those two, Mesut Ozil is expected to be out with his back spasms, while Danny Welbeck, Nacho Monreal and Konstantinos Mavropanos are all expected to miss out, according to Physioroom.com.
Huddersfield will be missing Abdelhamid Sabiri through injury, while Terrance Kongolo and Chris Lowe are doubts, according to Physioroom.com. They will also be without Philip Billing and Steve Mounié through suspension, according to the FA Website.
Arsenal: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
After losing his starting spot to Alexandre Lacazette early in the season, it looked like Aubameyang’s tenure at the Emirates could end quite badly. The Gabon international has now won his starting spot back and is scoring goals the way it was expected when the Gunners purchased him last January. He is the Premier League’s top scorer, despite playing out of position for a good chunk of the season. He is one of the best goalscorers in the world and can do a lot of damage to this Huddersfield team.
Huddersfield Town: Aaron Mooy
Huddersfield have struggled overall this season, but specifically, they have been terrible going forward. Their 10 goals are the fewest in the league and they have the fourth fewest shots per game in the league. This is shown best by the fact that Mooy, a midfielder is tied with defender Mathias Jørgensen for their most goals and has taken more shots than anyone else on the team. While that is probably not how it should be, it does show how important he is to the team. If they are to get anything away to Arsenal, Mooy will have to be a big part of it.
It’s hard to see Arsenal not winning this game, despite their injuries. They have a far superior team and have been phenomenal at home for the past few seasons.
Prediction: 3-1 Arsenal