Arsenal thrashed Huddersfield Town 5-0 at the Emirates thanks to an inspired Mesut Ozil performance. Here are five things we learned.
No place like home for Alexandre Lacazette
Alexandre Lacazette has made a fine start to his Arsenal career. The Frenchman is the club’s top scorer in the Premier League with seven goals. Lacazette is at his best when playing at the Emirates. He has got five home Premier League goals this season – no player has scored more.
Signs of complacency from Granit Xhaka
Granit Xhaka was involved in Arsenal’s opener but that was his only positive contribution in the first half. It’s clear that Xhaka lacks concentration and his sloppy passes often put Arsenal in trouble. Luckily Mustafi put in a good tackle to prevent Huddersfield equalising after Xhaka’s misplaced pass. If Xhaka isn’t fully focused against Manchester United on Saturday, it could prove costly.
Huddersfield’s poor away form continues
Since their opening day victory at Selhurst Park against Crystal Palace, Huddersfield have lost six consecutive away league matches. If the Terriers are to remain in the Premier League this season, they have got to start picking up points on the road as well as at the John Smith’s Stadium.
The Emirates continues to be a fortress for Arsenal
Every team aims to be unbeatable on their home ground and Arsenal are doing exactly that. They are now unbeaten in their last 14 home matches, winning each of their last 12. The Gunners last home league defeat was a 2-1 loss to Watford in late January.
Mesut Ozil masterclass
Arsenal were only 1-0 up at half time and Huddersfield had chances to equalise. In the last 20 minutes, Mesut Ozil completely controlled the game. The German playmaker provided two assists and scored one goal in three minutes and 58 seconds as Arsenal went 4-0 up. For the first time in his career, Mesut Ozil had a hand in three goals in a single Premier League game. Arsenal needed to increase their lead and Arsenal stepped up to do that in empathic fashion.