Published: Sat, February 09, 2019
Sports | By Angie Alvarado

Greek defender starts: 2 changes Arsenal must make to defeat Huddersfield

Greek defender starts: 2 changes Arsenal must make to defeat Huddersfield

Sokratis Papastathopoulos will not be back until the end of February due to an ankle injury.

However, there was no sign of Ainsley Maitland-Niles so it looks like he may continue on the sidelines along with long-term absentees Hector Bellerin, Rob Holding and Danny Welbeck.

"We started very well away, changing our mentality, but now we need to recover this confidence, to recover this performance and the next opportunity is Saturday against Huddersfield".

Huddersfield are winless in 11 competitive matches against Arsenal (D2 L9), since a 2-1 victory in January 1971.

And asked what the worst ground he ever played on was, Keown revealed: "Back in the day plenty of pitches were awful!"

Abdelhamid Sabiri is lacking match fitness and is not expected to be involved from the start. It kicks off at 15:00 GMT (10:00 ET).

Arsenal have not won an away league fixture since late November, enduring a six-game spell in which they have drawn two and lost four.

Huddersfield are 13 points away from safety and with 13 games remaining to be played in the Premier League, the odds are not with the bottom side to make it out of the danger zone. The last team to lose more in a row at home in the competition were Wolves in April 2012 (nine in a row).

Arsenal are against the relegation strugglers Huddersfield, who will give their everything to cling on to something going into the final phase of the season.

Arsenal were able to claim an important win over Chelsea last month in the race for the top four.

Arsenal legend Sol Campbell has called for patience from Gunners fans as manager Unai Emery tries to get the North London club where it belongs. We need to continue thinking to be in the top four but knowing it's hard.

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.

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