Arsène Wenger says he knows Huddersfield will be up for Wednesday’s game because they had to battle for 46 games just to reach the Premier League.
Wenger knows the Gunners can’t expect an easy win against Huddersfield, especially given the recently-promoted club’s performances against the big sides this season.
Huddersfield ended Manchester United’s unbeaten run when everyone thought they were unstoppable, and almost did the same at the weekend against Manchester City – before a penalty and a late goal gave Guardiola’s side the points.
Wenger says he could see how dangerous Huddersfield are from that game, and also from their achievements last season.
“It’s a massive game for me because I watched their game against City, they didn’t deserve to lose. This team has come out from hell, you have to play 46 games in the Championship to get out of it, and you need to be ready for a fight.
“With all the teams that come up, you realise that especially in the first season they have that kind of fighting spirit that makes them dangerous for every Premier League side, no matter what kind of names you have on the teamsheet.”
Brighton put up a good fight against the Gunners earlier this season. It took a goal from unlikely scorer Nacho Monreal and a late effort from Alex Iwobi to wrap up the points.
Considering the match against Manchester United is coming up at the weekend, Arsenal may have to rotate from their usual preferred eleven, so things could be even more difficult on this occasion. Huddersfield will have nothing to fear either as underdogs.
Wenger and the team will have to take the match seriously, but as long as they do, they’ll hopefully be able to get a result.