The previous matches played by the two respective teams sets up quite a different encounter than on paper.

Huddersfield lost valiantly to a Manchester City outfit that have cut a swathe through the majority of their opponents and look a dead cert to clinch the title at such an early stage.

They were lucky to win the match against the Terriers though. The weekend’s game saw a lucky Raheem Sterling late goal make all the difference, as Huddersfield more than held their own against their more illustrious opponents.

Then we have our victory over Burnley. It was contested in midfield, and it was another welcome indicator that Arsenal have a different gear when the going gets tough. We continued to create chances - maybe not as prolifically as usual - but we put more effort to win the loose balls and tackle when needed.

So, this game between Arsenal and Huddersfield will be a lot tighter than first imagined.

There is also the small matter of our game against Man United this Saturday too. With a game of this magnitude, we can be forgiven for assuming that changes will be made for this game. some will see it as taking the opposition lightly, but those not suffering with short-sightedness will see it for what it is.


Like it or not, we can afford to swap a few players to rest our first choice players. Who comes in though?

Theo Walcott should have recovered from illness to play some part, but whether that will be from the bench or starting is very much up for discussion. More likely is that Danny Welbeck and Olivier Giroud will slot into our attacking spots, with Alexandre Lacazette and Alexis making way.

A likely scenario is Jack Wilshere will come into the side. He has been used primarily as an attacker this season, but resting one or both of Aaron Ramsey and Granit Xhaka is possible and welcome, so Jack could get a central role. Francis Coquelin and Mohamed Elneny could partner him.

Then we have our defence. Laurent Koscielny is known to suffer from tendonitis and a rest in between games would help him in a big way. Calum Chambers, Per Mertesacker and Rob Holding stand by to slot in if Wenger decides on taking him out.

Huddersfield will be buoyant despite losing the game against City. they played well, were organised in attack and defence and will be looking to right some wrongs. We need to score an early goal so their confidence is punctured.

David Wagner will be without Rajiv Van le Parre after he received a straight red in the defeat to City. Danny Williams should come in to replace him. Aside from this, Wagner should keep the majority of the side that performed for him so well against Pep Guardiola’s City.

Huddersfield have run City perilously close and beaten Man United already this season. This is as big a banana skin as you can get. We need to treat this like every other game.

Of course the bigger game is United in the weekend. But it won’t matter as much if we drop points here. We have just managed to get into the top 4. Let us try and stay ther and make ground on the top2.

Predicted Lineup - Cech, Mustafi, Mertesacker, Monreal, Bellerin, Coquelin, Wilshere, Kolasinac, Iwobi, Welbeck, Giroud

Predicted Score - 3-1 to The Arsenal