Arsenal were able to inhale the sweet taste of a late victory thanks to the inspirational force of Lucas Torreira. The waspish presence who has breathed such life into Arsenal’s midfield was the difference in breaking a tight, tense deadlock with an overhead kick. Huddersfield’s unrelenting efforts meant Arsenal needed to extend themselves, to persevere, to keep plugging away to prise all three points out of this game.
The last time these two teams met was an occasion that marked the final curtain coming down on the Arsène Wenger era, and Unai Emery has proved himself a man unafraid to reshape the team, as he did again here, and eager to recharge the energy levels. In the seven minutes of stoppage time he was so engrossed in proceedings he wandered all the way across into David Wagner’s technical area to beckon Sead Kolasinac over for a quick instruction.