Torreira’s stunner edges Arsenal past Huddersfield

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  • Arsenal 21 games unbeaten in all competitions
  • Lucas Torreira scores in second-straight home game
  • Gunners momentarily up to fourth in table

Arsenal edged past a dogged Huddersfield side at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday, as Lucas Torreira’s late moment of magic won the game 1-0 for the Gunners.

After Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette missed chances in the first half, Torreira scored a sensational bicycle kick to grab the win as they extend their unbeaten run which began in August.

With the victory Arsenal move on to 32 points, while Huddersfield remain on 11 points.

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Early on it was an even contest as Arsenal had plenty of the ball but Huddersfield were lively on the break.

Aubameyang squandered a massive chance for the Gunners after a cross found him but the in-form strike prodded wide.

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After wonderful work from Matteo Guendouzi, the Arsenal midfielder squared the ball to Lacazette who was completely open but slipped as he hit his shot.

A lively first half saw plenty of tackles flying in as USMNT man Danny Williams

Lacazette then had the ball in the back of the net but was adjudged to be offside when the original ball is played. At the other end Alex Pritchard fired just over as the Terriers grew into the game.

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Pritchard went close again at the start of the second half as Huddersfield threatened. There was then a horrible moment for Huddersfield’s Tommy Smith who went down with what looked like a serious injury and was carried off the pitch.

Arsenal brought on Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Alex Iwobi at half time but neither could impact the game, as Aubameyang got his header all wrong as ie came off his shoulder.

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The winning goal arrived in the 83rd minute as Aubameyang did superbly to dink the ball to Torreira and the Uruguayan midfielder sent a stunning bicycle kick into the net to send the Emirates wild.

Merciless Arsenal pound Spurs

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  • Two penalties in first 34′
  • Dier nods in free kick
  • Spurs lead 2-1 at break
  • Torreira a force, scores late
  • Gunner out-attempt Spurs 22-10
  • Shots on target: Arsenal 7-6

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored twice and Arsenal scored three-straight second half goals to bury rivals Tottenham Hotspur 4-2 at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday.

Lucas Torreira and Alexandre Lacazette also scored in the North London Derby win, sending Arsenal into the Top Four ahead of Spurs and a point back of Chelsea.

Harry Kane and Eric Dier scored as Spurs took a 2-1 lead after Aubameyang’s opener, but Tottenham never looked comfortable

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Jan Vertonghen conceded a penalty when he punched a ball well above his head inside the Spurs box, and Aubameyang left little doubt with his low drive to the right of Hugo Lloris.

The concession spurred Spurs to life, with Heung-Min Son earning a corner with a close-range drive at Bernd Leno.

Spurs made a pair of goal mouth clearances, with Alex Iwobi‘s 19th minute low drive the better of the two.

Son forced Leno into a second save in the 23rd minute.

Spurs silenced the home crowd with a 30th minute equalizer, as Dier nodded a Christian Eriksen free kick inside the near post.

Dier’s “shush” celebration, finger to mouth, inspired Arsenal substitute Stephane Lichtsteiner started a bit of a skirmish by getting into

Moments later, Kane smashed home his penalty after Son was caught by a wayward Rob Holding challenge and went down very easily to help sell it for Dean. The incident happened at breakneck speed, and replays showed contact from Holding’s slide.

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Aubameyang equalized with a phenomenal bit of 56th minute skill, taking a flick from Aaron Ramsey off of a curling pass from Hector Bellerin.

The moment reinvigorated the uneven Gunners, and Shkrodan Mustafi and Lucas Torreira each just missed bids to restore Arsenal’s lead.

Lacazette then scored as a super sub in the 75th minute, a giveaway from Juan Foyth allowing Ramsey to set-up the Frenchman for a shot that took a turn off Dier on the way past Lloris. 3-2.

Torreira drove into the box to beat Lloris moments later, and Spurs were all but dead before Vertonghen collected his second yellow card.

Watch Live: Bournemouth vs. Arsenal

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Arsenal looks to keep pace with the leaders and continue its move toward the Top Four on Saturday at Bournemouth, where the hosts will be looking to close ground on the fifth place Gunners (Watch live at 8:30 a.m. ET on NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com).

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Josh King returns for Bournemouth, while Alexandre Lacazette is out for Arsenal.

Unai Emery also keeps Mesut Ozil on the bench in favor of Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Alex Iwobi.

LINEUPS

Bournemouth: Begovic, Daniels, Ake, S. Cook, Francis, Fraser, Lerma, Gosling, Brooks, King, Wilson. Subs: Boruc, Mings, Surman, Cook, Stanislas, Mousset, Defoe.

Arsenal: Leno, Bellerin, Sokratis, Mustafi, Holding, Kolasinac, Torreira, Xhaka, Mkhitaryan, Iwobi, Aubameyang. Subs: Cech, Maitland-Niles, Elneny, Ramsey, Ozil, Guendouzi, Nketiah.

Arsenal’s Welbeck undergoes two surgeries in one week

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Arsenal has announced that Danny Welbeck is out for an indefinite period of time following not one but two surgeries.

Welbeck, 27, was stretchered off the pitch with a nasty-looking ankle injury on Thursday in the Europa League.

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And Arsenal said that Welbeck underwent a second pre-planned surgery to go along with the corrective surgery from Thursday’s incident.

Both procedures went well, without complications. Danny will now recuperate and start his rehabilitation. It’s too early to say how long this will take.

The 42-times capped England man had a FaceTime call with his Arsenal teammates prior to Sunday’s 1-1 draw with Wolves.

Welbeck has 69 goals in 304 career games between Arsenal, Manchester United, Preston North End, and Sunderland.

His injury leaves little striker depth behind Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette, though Alex Iwobi could certainly manage some work there. Youngster Emile Smith-Rowe has performed well in limited action, and Edward Nketiah is also an intriguing youth talent.

Europa League preview: Arsenal, Chelsea aim to stay perfect

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Arsenal and Chelsea will both clinch their Europa League groups with victories on Thursday.

The Gunners are at home to face a Sporting Lisbon side it defeated in Portugal two weeks ago, while the Blues head to Belarus for a rematch with BATE Borisov.

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Chelsea will use Eden Hazard, but has left Cesc Fabregas, Alvaro Morata, Marcos Alonso, David Luiz, Toni Rudiger and Victor Moses back in London. Here’s manager Maurizio Sarri:

“Sometimes it’s better for the players to train rather than just play, to train on some particular physical qualities. If they only play they will lose that physical quality they need, and that’s been proved scientifically over a 21-day period.”

Arsenal will use Alex Iwobi in its match, the Nigerian playing very well in Unai Emery‘s system.

Iwobi credits Emery’s training sessions:

“Unai’s very intense in training and he’s demanding because he knows how good we are. He always wants us to be at 100 per cent, giving our best. It’s not just him, though. We know what we expect from each other, so we’re also trying to get the best out of each other in training.”

Up in Scotland, the Old Firm rivals are facing markedly different challenges on Thursday.

Steven Gerrard‘s Rangers are in Russia to face a group-bottom Spartak Moscow who can leapfrog their visitors with a win. And Celtic needs to attack after losing at RB Leipzig, with the Bundesliga side visiting with a three-point advantage on the third place Bhoys

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Fenerbahce vs. Anderlecht
Astana vs. Jablonec

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Lazio vs. Marseille
Malmo vs. Sarpsborg 08
Genk vs. Besiktas
Dynamo Kiev vs. Stade Rennes
Rapid Vienna vs. Villarreal
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MOL Vidi vs. PAOK
Apollon Limassol vs. Eintracht Frankfurt
Krasnodar vs. Standard Liege
Akhisar Belediyespor vs. Sevilla

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Slavia Prague vs. Copenhagen
Dinamo Zagreb vs. Spartak Trnava
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Vorskla Poltava vs. Qarabag
Arsenal vs. Sporting Lisbon
Celtic vs. RB Leipzig
Olympiacos vs. F91 Dudelange
Bordeaux vs. Zenit St. Petersburg
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