Gunners close in on dubious Premier League record despite another win


Unai Emery’s side may be unbeaten in 21 but their dismal first half record is worrying

Arsenal may have added another Premier League win to their tally this season but they’re also a step closer to setting an unwanted record.

Their 1-0 victory over Huddersfield was secured thanks to a late overhead kick from midfielder Lucas Torreira.

Arsenal manager Unai Emery shouts on the touchline against Huddersfield.

The 83rd minute strike was only their second shot on target in the game as the Terriers frustrated them at the Emirates.

Torreira also had the only other shot that truly tested Jonas Lossl, which came at the end of the first half.

And as Arsenal went into half-time with the scoreline at 0-0 they have now gone 16 games without having a lead at the break since the start of the season.

This is the joint-fourth longest run in the Premier League era.

Unai Emery’s men are level with Cardiff City this season, while Norwich City (1994/95) went 17 games without leading.

Torreira celebrates scoring his second goal in an Arsenal shirt.

Torreira celebrates scoring his second goal in an Arsenal shirt.

The joint-holders of the record are West Ham United (1994/95) and Cardiff (2013/14) who both went 18 games without winning at the break.

Emery may be doing the right things at Arsenal but it’s still not quite clicking in some areas, which will concern fans with a top-four place at stake.

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