Unai Emery pays homage to new Emirates darling

The Uruguyan midfielder scored a stunning bicycle kick against Huddersfield to put his side third in the Premier League

However, speaking after Arsenal's 1-0 victory at the Emirates on Saturday, Emery offered a positive update after playing down Mustafi's injury by saying he thinks the centre-back will be "OK".

Unai Emery praised his Arsenal team and Lucas Torreira for finding the goal that secured a 1-0 victory over Huddersfield after a frustrating afternoon which almost cost them two points.

Torreira's 83rd-minute finish maintained the sense of momentum and, more importantly, their pursuit of a top-three finish, and the Spaniard said: "This is a very important result".

The opposition can decide what rhythm they want to play at and it was a tough match for that.

Koscielny's return to fitness will come as a timely boost for Arsenal boss Emery, who is facing something of a defensive crisis ahead of his side's trip to Southampton in the Premier League.

Emery's censure of his players was of the lip-service variety.

Huddersfield, who have not beaten Arsenal since 1971, were unable to register a shot on target and manager David Wagner was disappointed not to have held on for the draw. I did this last week and the week before, we always receive phone calls and they apologise after they've seen video footage.

The 22-year-old scored his first ever goal for the Gunners in their 4-2 victory over arch-rivals Tottenham Hotspur in the north London Derby last week before netting a sensational acrobatic victor against Huddersfield yesterday. Today I think every player is focused on the match.

Regular starting duo Sokratis and Shkodran Mustafi have been ruled out with suspensions, while Rob Holding has sustained a long-term knee injury.

Emery said: "I don't want simulation from our players".

However, Emery is confident that he has enough options in that department, with club captain Laurent Koscielny back on the bench against Huddersfield for the first time this season.

There is no reason questioning Emery's decisions over his regular players, he knows his players and he should be given the freedom to make better choices for the team.

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