Full-time: Arsenal 5-0 Huddersfield Town

  • Arsenal produce a devastating second-half performance to notch a 12th straight win at the Emirates Stadium and extend their unbeaten home run to 14 matches
  • Alexandre Lacazette breaks the deadlock early on by slotting past Jonas Lossl following an exquisite flick from Aaron Ramsey
  • Huddersfield could have equalised when Petr Cech inadvertently pushed Steve Mounie's deflected shot against the crossbar
  • Substitute Olivier Giroud and Alexis Sanchez both score in the space of 76 second-half seconds after the Gunners, winners of three successive league games for the first time this season, initially struggle to double their lead
  • Mesut Ozil follows his two quickfire assists with the hosts' third goal in under four minutes
  • Giroud finishes the rout by completing his brace from close range
  • The Terriers have now lost six of their last eight matches, including three in a row and four on the spin away from West Yorkshire
  • David Wagner's side have not scored an away goal in any competition for more than 10 hours
  • Recap: Chelsea 1-0 Swansea, Stoke 0-3 Liverpool, Manchester City 2-1 Southampton
Ozil And Sanchez Will Stay At Arsenal Until The End Of The Season - Wenger Hayters

That is it from me, thanks for following along and stay tuned to IBTimes UK over the coming hours for post-match reaction from Wenger.

Until the weekend, it's goodbye.


Huddersfield, meanwhile, have now lost six of their last eight matches, including three in a row and four on the bounce away from home.

They are without a road goal in seven games across all competitions, a dreadful run that stretches back some 10-and-a-half hours.

They are at Goodison Park on Saturday to face an Everton side who easily dispatched of West Ham tonight thanks to a Wayne Rooney hat-trick in the final match before Sam Allardyce takes over from David Unsworth.


They may have lived slightly dangerously while waiting a long while to notch a second goal, but Arsenal eventually turn on the style to romp to their 12th consecutive home victory.

Giroud nets a brace from the bench but Ozil is the real star of the show, laying on two quickfire assists and getting his own name on the scoresheet.

Not a bad way to prepare for the visit of Manchester United...



Arsenal 5-0 Huddersfield


No, Xhaka's effort deflects behind off Jorgensen for a corner.


Kachunga is whistled for a foul on Wilshere and Arsenal have a free-kick of their own. Can they add a sixth goal in the dying seconds?


Three minutes of added time remain for Huddersfield to endure. The final whistle cannot come soon enough.


Kolasinac brings down Quaner just outside the Arsenal box to give Huddersfield the chance for a late consolation.

Lowe's free-kick lands on the roof of the net.


Kolasinac impressively dances his way through the Huddersfield area but has to watch on as Giroud thrashes a fifth goal beyond Lossl.

Arsenal have been utterly devastating since netting that elusive second.

Olivier Giroud


Goal: Arsenal 5-0 Huddersfield (Olivier Giroud)



Huddersfield being carved open easily now as Kolasinac and Ozil combine to tee up Giroud, who blasts over the bar.


Arsenal push for a fifth, but Lossl saves from Monreal and Lowe just about avoids scoring an own goal when trying to keep Kolasinac's low cross away from Welbeck.

Another penalty appeal from the home side is waved away as Xhaka claims he was pushed by Quaner inside the box.


Wagner's final change sees veteran midfielder Dean Whitehead replace Hogg. This game got completely away from Huddersfield in a frightful hurry.


With one eye on Manchester United and this victory comfortably wrapped up, Wenger withdraws Ramsey and Sanchez. Jack Wilshere and Danny Welbeck enter the fray.

Huddersfield send on Williams and Depoitre in place of Mooy and Mounie.


This has quickly descended into a rout. After claiming two assists in quick succession, Ozil gets his name on the scoresheet by steering the ball past Lossl after collecting a fine pass from Ramsey.

That's three goals in just four minutes from Arsenal. Suddenly Wenger's charges are ruthless.

Mesut Ozil


Goal: Arsenal 4-0 Huddersfield (Mesut Ozil)


After waiting so long to notch the second goal, Arsenal score two inside 76 seconds.

Ozil the architect again as his cross from the byline is volleyed home brilliantly from Sanchez. No wonder Wenger does not want to lose either of that pair in January.

Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil


Goal: Arsenal 3-0 Huddersfield (Alexis Sanchez)


Arsenal's pressure finally tells as Ozil plays a nice one-two with Sanchez and squares the ball for Giroud to fire home from close range.

A mountain to climb now for Huddersfield. Hard to say that wasn't coming.

Olivier Giroud


Goal: Arsenal 2-0 Huddersfield (Olivier Giroud)


Koscielny gets to the ball before Mounie can connect with a cross from Swiss right-back Hadergjonaj.

At the other end, Lossl dives on the loose ball as another Arsenal attack breaks down.


Arsenal are coming forward with purpose now and playing some neat football. Sanchez's through pass intended for Ramsey is overhit and goes out of play for a goal kick.


We neglected to mention a few minutes ago that Mooy picked up the first yellow card of the evening for a late sliding challenge on Xhaka that came as Arsenal tried to break.