The energy coming from Unai Emery and his players does not exude positivity, yet they remain in touching distance. Huddersfield should have left with at least a point on a heavy afternoon.
Perhaps the clearest indication of where Unai Emery believes Arsenal currently stand was when Alexandre Lacazette put this game to bed a minute before half-time.
There came a double punch of the air, an uncharacteristic roar, but such is Emery’s frustration at the stodginess of his first season here – and the lack of control they exert in matches – that any celebrations were swift. Recent defeats have stung.
It would also have been a different game had Ben Hamer, the stand-in goalkeeper after Jonas Lossl was taken ill, had not gifted Alex Iwobi the opener after 16 minutes.
Iwobi was hanging at the back post waiting for a cross, did not connect with his volley terribly viciously and the slightest of deflections had Hamer flailing, wrong-footed and palming into his own net.
Arsenal, meanwhile, are not quite harmonising and Emery is listening intently. His involuntary pointing, constant throughout this win, suggests he thinks his players still need walking through games.