It sounded like Unai Emery is desperate for a day off. The politeness was there but after the win of Arsenal over Huddersfield by 1-0, the answer was clipped. Also, he had a wearied tone. He said that he needs his mind to take off for a few days.
It has been grueling for the past months. An avalanche of football decisions had to be made regarding the substitutions, tactics, transfer strategy, and training sessions. Dragging Arsenal to post-Wenger time was a gargantuan challenge. However, the bad news it was only going to get difficult from here on. The 1-0 win over Huddersfield had been sealed by the late bicycle kick by Torreira has been a warning shot for the team which for its enterprise and quality is struggling a lot to win the game when is not at 100%. After the emotional expenditure last Sunday of Tottenham, this has been a jaded-looking performance. It is a reminder that the resilience of Arsenal, squad depth and energy reserve are about to get tested for real for the first time in the season.
Huddersfield was 5th of a run of thirteen games among 41 days. The list of bruising fixtures has taken a toll on them. Emery has admitted that he doesn’t know what they are going to do next week. The game at Qarabag on Thursday is going to give Arsenal a good chance to get some time into the legs of the fringe players.