Unai Emery relieved to end Arsenal's run of away defeats

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Two well-executed goals saw Arsenal defeat Huddersfield Town 2-1 in Saturday's Premier League game and Alex Iwobi played starring roles in both efforts.

A couple of months ago when Arsenal were going through their unbeaten run everyone thought that they would finish in the top-four very easily.

Nacho Monreal was forced to clear off the Arsenal line before Adama Diakhaby nudged the ball towards goal in stoppage time and two Arsenal defenders on the line were unable to keep it out of the net.

Not that Emery was too concerned about that late blot on his team's performance. Our motivation is very great and every player wants to struggle every match and be consistent over 38 matches.

Arsenal haven't kept a clean sheet on the road in the league all season, although when Emery was questioned about this, he didn't seem phased.

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And they certainly tried, and in fact had more possession over the 90 minutes at 55%, and the sad truth is that that they were let down by the lack of finishing and confidence in front of goal.

"Defensively they are one of the worst sides I've ever seen in the top six of the Premier League", former Arsenal midfielder Paul Merson said.

Emery had cut an increasingly animated and frustrated figure on the touchline as his team failed to kill off Huddersfield in the first period, even surviving a strong penalty appeal after Jason Puncheon's shot struck the arm of Laurent Koscielny after 25 minutes. He said on the BBC: "First of all I am proud". "It is my personality. If for one moment I thought it's negative, then I wouldn't do it". "After 26 games there is a one-point difference between us and Manchester United".

Before Saturday's match, Arsenal had held a half-time on only three occasions in the league this season and had won 12 points from losing positions - only Leicester City have more.

Emery added: "I think today every player worked a lot, we continued our way and we know it's hard because the other teams in the top four are very strong".

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