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[Ratings & goals] H’field 1-2 Arsenal: Lacazette on target but Iwobi steals the show

By on February 9, 2019

Arsenal kept pace with the top four after beating Huddersfield 2-1 at the John Smith’s Stadium this afternoon.

A deflected Alex Iwobi goal opened the scoring in the 14th minute and we doubled our lead via Alexandre Lacazette shortly before half-time. A routine win and a much-needed clean sheet was in sight but Sead Kolasinac scored a comical late own goal to gift the hosts a late consolation.

Here are my ratings:

Leno  6/10 | Had very little to do in terms of shot stopping but was perhaps a little unfortunate to concede their late goal.

Koscielny  7/10 | Made a couple of important challenges and intercepted a number of crosses.

Mustafi  5.5/10 | Caught out of position a few times and always looked on the verge of making a mistake.

Monreal  6/10 | Could possibly have done better for their goal as he got himself all in a muddle. Wasn’t comfortable up against Diakhaby at times.

Maitland-Niles  7/10 | Good to see him back in the team and gives us so much more going forward down the right than Lichtsteiner. Grabbed the assist for Lacazette’s goal.

Guendouzi  6.5/10 | Couldn’t replicate his all-action display that he produced against City but kept things simple in the middle of the park.

Torreira  6.5/10 | Still struggling to get back to his early-season form but still had a decent game. Subbed in the second half.

Kolasinac  6.5/10 | A threat once again down the left flank and set-up the opening goal. Shame he ruined his performance with a silly late own goal.

Iwobi  8/10 | Easily our best player. Scored the opener and almost had another in the second half. A constant threat going forward. Great to see.

Lacazette  7/10 | He didn’t have his strike-partner next to him but Lacazette still managed to get on the score-sheet with the all important second goal. Good all-round display.

Mkhitaryan  7/10 | Looked surprisingly sharp and was a real threat at times. Good on the counter attack but missed a good chance at 1-0.

Subs:

Elneny   6/10 | Another uninspiring cameo.

Suarez   6/10 | Being eased in to action and will take a while to adjust.

Here are the goals from the game:

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5 Comments

  1. Smith Damien

    February 9, 2019 at 5:34 pm

    Good performance from the lads,but we seriously need to get away with so many average players in the summer. #Arsenal #COYG

  2. Stephan Larose

    February 9, 2019 at 6:12 pm

    I don’t understand why Iwobi gets such a good rating. He was serviceable in the 1st half when he got his goal, but for the rest of the game he had didn’t make a single good pass in the final third, couldn’t win any take-ons and botched a clear goal scoring opportunity 1 v 1 with the keeper when he shot straight at him. If Iwobi gets an 8 for a game like this what do players who can pass, dribble and score get? 8 million?

  3. Dr. No

    February 9, 2019 at 6:44 pm

    I agree with Stephan.
    Do you take bribe from Iwobi?
    From those chances Alexis would have scored 3 and set up another 3.
    Iwobi is a mediocre player (yet, I seriously hope that he will improve), and he didn’t have a good game today either. In his current form the only way to get on the score sheet is a deflected shot.

  4. Richard

    February 9, 2019 at 7:01 pm

    Cloud cuckoo land if that’s an 8 for Iwobi. Honestly, what were you watching?

  5. NYCGunner

    February 10, 2019 at 1:49 am

    Agreed completely, did we not see Iwobi consistently throw away any attacking momentum with ruined cross after ruined cross!? Must be infuriating to play with

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