Arsenal missed a fantastic opportunity to record their first league victory at Old Trafford since 2006 on Wednesday, surrendering the lead not once but twice, but it will be the manner in which they handed parity back to Manchester United which will ranker most with Unai Emery.
Despite going ahead in each half, the Gunners held the lead for less than six minutes in total, and gave up the 2-1 advantage given to them by Marcus Rojo’s own-goal in just 74 seconds.
It whiffed of the ‘old’ Arsenal – the one supposedly swept away by the Emery revolution – but one could argue that Arsene Wenger’s team would never have given themselves a lead to lose on a ground where they have been routinely turned over during the last two decades.
That newly acquired robustness will likely have to wait to be tested again – Huddersfield Town are the visitors to the Emirates on Saturday, winless away from home against any of last season’s top six since they were promoted to the top flight, and struggling to recapture the form and spirit that kept them afloat against the odds last term.
The Terriers are outside of the bottom three so far – just – and seven points from three games in November went some way towards breathing life into a season that started dreadfully.
They will likely need favours from elsewhere in the league if they are to finish the weekend with their heads above the parapet.
When is the game?
Arsenal will be red-hot favourites against Huddersfield when they meet on Saturday December 8.
Kick off is at 3pm.
Where is the game being played?
The game is being played at Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium, a ground where the Terriers were thumped 5-0 last season in their only ever Premier League trip to this part of North London.
Is the game on TV and can it be live streamed?
The game won’t be shown live on TV in the UK, but highlights will be available after the game.
It also means that the game will not be able to be live streamed in the county.
Sky Sports show extended match highlights in the early evening and Match of the Day is on BBC One at 10:30pm.
Rob Holding was stretchered off with a knee injury at Old Trafford on Wednesday, and Unai Emery is fearful that the central defender could be set for a long spell out.
Meanwhile Mesut Ozil is likely to miss a fifth game in a row with “backache”, with Emery confirming that the German has been training away from the first-team squad. Aaron Ramsey is also a doubt after twisting his ankle at Old Trafford.
Huddersfield striker Steve Mounie begins the first of three games out with a suspension after his appeal against the red card he received against Brighton was thrown out.
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What has been said?
Unai Emery: “We prepare as best as possible to win, our team is playing with confidence and there are some things we need to do better, we are conceding too many goals but at the minute the balance is good as we are scoring enough.
“We need to continue improving and looking for the best balance for both.”
David Wagner: “I will be [patient], in the future as well [with the club’s strikers]. They are aware, as we all are, that we need goals from our strikers. This is the truth over the season and they have some further games to go to produce these goals.
“They have their chances, they create their chances sometimes for themselves, and now it’s all about putting the ball in the net.
“So I still will be patient, I think anything else makes no sense even if we all know we need more goals from our strikers as we need goals from the other positions as well.”