As it happened: Arsenal overcome brave Huddersfield with late Torreira goal
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As it happened: Arsenal overcome brave Huddersfield with late Torreira goal

Relive all of the action from Arsenal's late win over Huddersfield in the Premier League. 

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FULL TIME
The Terriers were extremely solid and compact throughout, and whilst they had a few chances themselves just looked to contain Arsenal. That almost worked until the Gunners finally clicked into second gear in the final ten minutes. The bad luck continues for the visitors but Arsenal go 21 games unbeaten. 
FULL TIME
Huddersfield defended bravely throughout but at the end it was a moment of quality that separated the two teams. Arsenal weren't at the races whatsoever but their man for all occasions, Lucas Torreira, popped up with a vital goal in the context of the performance. 
FULL TIME: Arsenal 1-0 Huddersfield
Extremely tough work for Arsenal this afternoon but they just about claim all three points. 
96' Unai Emery urging his players to remain calm. They have nearly won this one. 
95' Huddersfield win a free-kick and Jonas Lossl has gone forward for it! Unfortunately for the Terriers, it comes to nothing, though. 
93' Pritchard whips a lovely ball into the area towards Depoitre but Sokratis does well to get up and challenge him. Arsenal have four minutes to hold on. 
91' SEVEN added minutes at the end of the 90. There have been a lot of stoppages today. 
90' Torreira spreads the ball out to Aubameyang on the right who runs at Kongolo and then takes a shot which is blocked by the Huddersfield defender. 
88' Nervy moments for Arsenal as Depoitre goes down after a slight nudge from Sokratis in the area but no penalty is given. He went over far too easily. 
GOAL ARSENAL - TORRERIA (1-0)
84' Finally Arsenal have a goal! Guendouzi clips a lovely ball towards the back post and Aubameyang brings it down delightfully. He then dinks it to Torreira who has all the time and space in the world as he acrobatically fires home from a matter of yards out. That's his second goal in three matches and the Gunners are off and running.  
Yellow card
80' A third Arsenal player booked for simulation as Guendouzi goes down in the area under no contact and is shown a yellow card. 
Huddersfield substitution
70' A final change for the visitors as Erik Durm is on for Danny Williams. Another defender now on the pitch for Huddersfield. 
Arsenal substitution
66' Arsenal now make the change. Monreal is on. 
Arsenal substitution
65' Shkodran Mustafi is off with a hamstring issue and the Gunners are momentarily down to ten men. It looks as though Nacho Monreal is going to be preferred to Laurent Koscielny as the substitute. 
63' Arsenal win a corner after Guendouzi's ball over the top is headed wide behind by Lowe. Xhaka's ball in then goes all the way to Aubameyang at the back post but he heads wide. 
Huddersfield substitution
60' Huddersfield make the change as Smith goes off on a stretcher. Florent Hadergjonaj is on. 
57' A Huddersfield penalty call waved away as Pritchard tries to turn Bellerin and goes down but nothing is given. It appears the visitors are going to have to make another change too with Tommy Smith down and looking in a lot of pain. 
54' A corner from Xhaka which just about sums up their afternoon as he puts it straight out of play before it curls back in. 
Huddersfield substitution
52' Hogg's day is over as he is withdrawn for Bacuna. 
50' Good signs for Huddersfield after Mooy dispossesses Xhaka as they manage to work a bright opening. Smith breaks forward from defence and shifts the ball to Pritchard before Leno makes the save. 
46' We are underway in the second half. Two changes as Iwobi and Mkhitaryan are on for Lichtsteiner and Lacazette. Interesting moves from Unai Emery. 
HALF TIME
The Gunners are still yet to take a lead into the break in the Premier League this season. Huddersfield are still very much in this one but Arsenal have been second-half masters this term.
HALF TIME
A hugely frustrating opening 45 minutes for Arsenal. Aubameyang and Lacazette both should have scored and when the latter did find the net it was rather questionably ruled out for offside. Plenty of bookings too.  
HALF TIME: Arsenal 0-0 Huddersfield
All square at the break. 
47' The second Arsenal player to be booked for diving today as Mustafi receives a yellow for simulation inside the area. He, like Sokratis, will also miss Arsenal's match with Southampton next week. That means they'll travel to St Mary's with only one centre-half, Koscielny. 
46' A delicious curling effort from Torreira almost finds the net but Lossl makes a great save to palm it wide. Brilliant save. 
44' Glorious opportunity for Huddersfield as Pritchard receives the ball in acres of space inside the area but fires over from Tommy Smith's pull back. A let off for Arsenal. 
DISALLOWED GOAL
42' Alexandre Lacazette has the ball in the net but it's been ruled out for offside, and quite possibly incorrectly too. Aubameyang flicks the ball on, at which point Lacazette is offside. But Zanka then touches it as he tries to pass it back to Lossl. It's a poor back pass and the Frenchman latches onto it in the second phase of play and rounds the goalkeeper before scoring but it doesn't count. 
40' Another late challenge which prompts the referee to go into his notebook again. Sokratis goes in late on Hogg and as a result, will miss Arsenal's trip to Southampton after receiving five yellow cards. 
Yellow card
39' And another yellow card. This time it goes the way of Tommy Smith as Guendouzi is fouled. 
Yellow cards
37' A late tackle from Danny Williams as he goes flying into the back of Lucas Torreira. It's a challenge that sparks quite an angry reaction from Lichtsteiner who immediately goes over to the Huddersfield man. Both Williams and Lichtsteiner go into the book as a consequence.
36' Xhaka is encouraged by the home fans to have a shot on goal from distance but he gets it all wrong and it sails wide. Not one of his finest efforts. 
29' Another amazing opportunity for the Gunners goes begging! This time it falls to Lacazette who is in acres of space in the area after being teed up by Guendouzi but he hits it into his standing leg and it goes harmlessly wide of the target. 
28' The best chance of the match so far and it's fallen to the man you'd expect to take this very opportunity; Aubameyang. Xhaka fires it into the box and the Gunners top scorer then tries to divert it goalbound inside the six-yard box but somehow puts it wide. 
24' Granit Xhaka has just been shown a yellow card for what looks to be a dive. It's a bit of a strange one considering the Swiss midfielder was on the half way line. He was under pressure from Mooy and went down but the referee adjudged there to be no contact. 
23' Better from Arsenal as Bellerin finds Aubameyang down the right and he finally injects some urgency into the game but his attempted cross is blocked. 
19' Arsenal may be seeing most of the ball but they're yet to really get going in a creative sense. There hasn't been too much urgency thus far from Unai Emery's team but he remains as animated as ever down in his technical area. 
15' Hogg is back up and able to continue. Arsenal still dominating possession. 
13' Jonathan Hogg is down and receiving treatment for Huddersfield after going up for a challenge with Guendouzi. Initially, the Arsenal players fail to put the ball out of play but the referee blows up to allow the medical staff onto the pitch. It seems to be a wrist injury that's causing him discomfort.
11' First real chance for Huddersfield to drive at the Arsenal defence but Lowe gets caught in two minds as he cuts inside. He fires the ball out of play rather than finding a teammate or hitting the target. 
7' As expected, the Gunners have seen plenty of the ball already. 
5' Quite a slow start at the moment but Huddersfield have shown their physical presence in midfield by jostling with Granit Xhaka whenever he gets the ball. 
KICK OFF
1' Arsenal get us underway.
The players are in the tunnel, we are moments away from kick-off at the Emirates.
15 minutes until kick-off at the Emirates. Will Huddersfield spring a surprise or can the Gunners go 21 games unbeaten in all competitions? 
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Returnees
Arsenal welcome back Laurent Koscielny into the matchday squad for the first time since May. The French defender suffered a horrible Achilles injury against Atletico Madrid but has now returned following appearances for the Gunners U21 and U23 sides. Nacho Monreal also comes back into the fray after a few months out with a hamstring issue. For Huddersfield, Danny Williams is back and will make his first Premier League start since March. 
The Terriers have made three changes for their trip to the Emirates. Captain Tommy Smith, Chris Lowe and Danny Williams are in for suspended Philip Billing, Florent Hadergjonaj and Erik Durm. It looks like they'll play with five in defence with the rather less than prolific Laurent Depoitre leading the line. 
So Arsenal are going with two up front today as Alexandre Lacazette returns to the starting XI after injury. He plays alongside Aubameyang. Aaron Ramsey is missing through injury, whilst there is still no place for Mesut Ozil. Stephan Lichtsteiner replaces long-term absentee Rob Holding in defence as part of a back three. Meanwhile, Granit Xhaka is back in midfield following suspension. Expect Bellerin and Kolasinac to offer plenty of width in attack from wing-back. 
Huddersfield starting XI
Lossl, Smith, Kongolo, Zanka, Schindler, Lowe, Williams, Mooy, Hogg, Pritchard, Depoitre. 

Subs: Hamer, Bacuna, Kachunga, Sobhi, Mbenza, Hadergjonaj, Durm. 

Arsenal starting XI
Leno, Bellerin, Lichtsteiner, Sokratis, Mustafi, Kolasinac, Torreira, Guendouzi, Xhaka, Lacazette, Aubameyang. 

Subs: Cech, Koscielny, Monreal, Elneny, Mkhitaryan, Iwobi, Nketiah. 

Team news coming up imminently. 
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Mooy one to watch
The Terriers midfield is without a doubt their most influential player and has really started to hit the ground running in recent weeks, as he scored twice against Wolves to weeks ago. He'll be the man Huddersfield look to in order to provide an impetus to their play this weekend but it may be the defensive line who have to put in the hard graft. Kongolo has been a solid part of Wagner's side this season and he'll have to have an excellent game if they are to have any chance of leaving the Emirates with a result. 
Aubameyang in the mood
Arsenal's record signing has proved why big money was spent on him in January as he became the first man to reach double figures in the Premier League this season, adding his ninth and tenth strikes against Spurs last weekend. Before the game with Manchester United, he'd scored every shot on target since August when Lukasz Fabianski last denied him. However, David de Gea was on hand to stop a goalbound effort from the Gabonese forward on Wednesday. 
Countdown to kick off
We'll be back with more build-up in the run-up to kick off before confirmed starting XIs are announced around an hour prior to the match getting underway. 
Wagner urges players to be brave
Huddersfield boss, Wagner, has been nominated for the Premier League manager of the month, a testament to the hard work the Terriers displayed in November. But after two straight defeats to start December, he is hoping his players will show bravery against a side who will propose a very different proposition to Brighton and Bournemouth. "We have to be brave, we have to try to play football in our way and we will try to pull them down on our level," he stated.

“We will see what happens in this game. We like to challenge and test ourselves against the best and, for sure, Arsenal are one of the best in the Premier League at the minute," Wagner concluded. 

Emery respectful of Huddersfield
It would be easy for Arsenal to assume all three points are already won on Saturday having put in such an excellent display at home last weekend against quality opposition. But Emery is taking nothing for granted and is totally aware of the shocks the Premier League can bring: "On Saturday, the first thing is a very big respect, more than Manchester United, more than Tottenham, because we need a high level in our performance to win against them," the Spaniard commented.

"At the beginning, sure we need a high level individually and collectively. Against Bournemouth, they played a very good match. Also, they won at [Wolves] in the last match away. On Saturday, they are going to push a lot and [will want] a surprise," Emery added. 

Huddersfield team news
Striker Steve Mounie and midfielder Philip Billing will both miss the trip to the Emirates through suspension. The former was perhaps rather questionably sent off against Brighton but a panel decided not to rescind it on appeal. Abdelhamid Sabiri is facing eight weeks out with a broken collarbone but Terence Kongolo is set to be available despite being withdrawn because of fatigue against Bournemouth.  
Monreal and Ozil to return?
There may be good news for Arsenal on the injury front, though. Nacho Monreal has resumed to full training after a hamstring issue and could return, whilst Mesut Ozil's back spasm continues to be monitored but he may be back in the side on Saturday. Laurent Koscielny is nearing a first-team comeback having featured for Arsenal's U21s in the Checkatrade Trophy on Monday night. Aaron Ramsey had to be substituted against United in the week but the Gunners are hopeful he'll be fit to face Huddersfield. 
Arsenal confirm Holding to miss six to nine months
Following the news of Danny Welbeck's broken ankle, Arsenal have suffered another very lengthy injury with Rob Holding rupturing the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee. The defender went down against Manchester United in the first half of their 2-2 draw and had to be stretchered off. It's a devastating blow for the 23-year-old who had improved hugely under Emery and was beginning to establish himself as one of the mainstays of the team. 
Previous encounters
Focusing on another of Arsenal's great managers, the last time these two sides met, Arsene Wenger bowed out of the football club for the final time as the Gunners beat Huddersfield on the final day of the 2017/18 season. It was a wonderful occasion for the Frenchman who stayed behind after the game to thank the travelling fans at the John Smith's Stadium. Earlier in the campaign Arsenal had thrashed the West Yorkshire side 5-0 at the Emirates. Huddersfield haven't beaten the Gunners since 1971 so history doesn't look good for them. 
Herbert Chapman's legacy living on
The one thing that draws these two club's together is an affinity for Sir Herbert Chapman who managed both Huddersfield and Arsenal to major honours. Throughout the 1920s, he won two First Division titles and an FA Cup with the Terriers, before going on to do exactly the same for Arsenal at the back end of the 20s and at the beginning of the 1930s, winning the league twice and earning another FA Cup success. Chapman's legacy lives on in today's game; he was the man to introduce numbered shirts, whilst he completely revolutionised tactics and training methods. 
Huddersfield having bad luck?
The Terriers have arguably been better than their league positions says. They sit just a place above the relegation zone but have only just narrowly lost a host of matches this term. Before 2-1 defeats to both Brighton and Bournemouth in their previous two outings, David Wagner's side had been three games unbeaten. Huddersfield have hit the woodwork a remarkable nine times already this season, the third most out of any side in the Premier League. For a team that struggles for goals, it's been tough to take. 
'Hippy crack' allegations for Gunners' players
On Thursday night The Sun released images of certain Arsenal players inhaling nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas at a private party in London all the way back in August. Alexandre Lacazette, Matteo Guendouzi, Mesut Ozil and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang were the players in question and the club have reminded them of their responsibilities.  
Arsenal come through tough week
The Gunners welcome Huddersfield to the Emirates 20 games unbeaten. It's been quite the revival for Arsenal under Unai Emery who came through tough clashes against Spurs and Manchester United with four points from six. Last weekend they turned in a memorable performance to beat their north London rivals 4-2, before coming away from Old Trafford with a point in midweek. A match against 17th place Huddersfield will probably be welcome. 
Welcome
Hello and welcome to VAVEL UK's live text commentary of Arsenal vs Huddersfield in the Premier League. I'm Matt Dawson and I'll be providing you with plenty of build up and then all of the match action which kicks off at 3pm GMT. 
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