Paul Merson reveals his prediction for Huddersfield v Arsenal

09 February, 2019, 08:13 | Author: Marlene Myers
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Xhaka also sat out the 3-1 defeat at Manchester City last weekend after picking up a minor groin injury ahead of that game but the Swiss global joined Sokratis in light training yesterday afternoon.

A 2-1 win at Bournemouth on November 25 was the last time Emery's side took three points on the road, but Huddersfield look the flawless opponents after losing 11 of their past 12 league games.

Unai Emery's side sit sixth on the back of Sunday's 3-1 loss away to last season's champs, Manchester City, a point below Manchester United and three behind fourth-placed Chelsea. That shows the significance of Lacazette in the side, and the striker has to further stamp his authority in games like Huddersfield, and these are games where three points matter and three points here will go on to help Arsenal in the top four race.

Emery, the most successful coach in Europa League history, can legitimately expect to wait until March before deciding whether that competition offers a more realistic opportunity of Champions League qualification than a league placing. Now, yes. Because we are sixth. It's practical but it is like that. I trust in our capacity to take [fourth] but it is like that.

Arsenal now sit sixth in the league, three points off fourth-placed Chelsea, and next travel to Huddersfield on Saturday.

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"We thought last week that with two training sessions after six weeks being injured, it was not enough to play against Manchester City", Emery said. Chelsea and Manchester United, two very big teams, also have a difference [to the top three] but they are closer than us.

"We still have to believe we can finish in the top four even while knowing it will be hard for us".

"It's the reason that the players are very concerned that we are with this possibility and the opportunity on Saturday is a very big opportunity".

"But after this week, playing first with the U23s and then working with us, it's the first time I can think with him being us". "Also knowing other teams, they have an advantage to us".

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