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Arsene Wenger gets a winning farewell


Arsene Wenger gets a winning farewell

Arsene Wenger’s 1,235th and final match in charge of Arsenal ended with their first Premier League away win of 2018 as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored the only goal in a 1-0 victory at Huddersfield Town on Sunday (May 13).

Arsene Wenger said he was "sad" and would find it difficult to adjust to life without Arsenal as his 1,235-game reign as manager came to an end with a victory over Huddersfield on the final day of the Premier League season.

The game had little riding on it, with Huddersfield having already avoided relegation and Arsenal finishing sixth no matter what, and was played in a carnival atmosphere at John Smith's Stadium.

Wenger emerged for kick-off to a rapturous reception and went over to applaud the Arsenal fans, taking a bow.

Both sets of fans gave him a standing ovation after 22 minutes - to celebrate his 22 years in English football - and two planes flew over the ground in the early stages with banners celebrating the Frenchman.

Wenger brought three Premier League titles and seven FA Cups, including two Doubles, to Arsenal - but leaves them in the lowest position since he arrived, sixth.

"Of course it is very emotional after 1,235 games for the same club," said the 68-year-old. "To enjoy it we had to win it. Winning football games is what makes me happy and the boys did it.

"Do I feel relief? Not really, I'm sad. At some stage it has to end. I wish everyone well, the fans have been great until the end and I wish the club well for the future.

"It will be hard to adjust but I will have to deal with that. I will remain an Arsenal fan above everything else.

"I will stay in football for sure. Whether that is managing or not... I am addicted and I don't think that can be cured."

This win over Huddersfield was the first time in eight attempts Arsenal have picked up any points away from home in the Premier League in 2018 - making them the last professional team in England to do so.

Their goal was scored by Wenger's final signing - Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang - as he slid home a low cross from their longest-serving player, Aaron Ramsey.

Terriers midfielder Aaron Mooy almost denied Wenger his farewell win late on as his shot crashed off the crossbar.

"Twenty two years as a manager at one football club is incredible," said Town boss David Wagner. "Even if you speak about it you can't believe it.

"I've been here for two and a half years and already it feels like 22 years. It was an honour for us to host his last game as Arsenal manager because he is a legend - a living legend."

Key Opta stats:

- This was Arsene Wenger's 1235th and final game as Arsenal manager – his final record with the Gunners was W707 D280 L248.

- The John Smith’s Stadium was the 48th different ground Wenger won at in the Premier League – more than any other manager in the competition (Alex Ferguson 47).

- Huddersfield have failed to score in 21 different Premier League games this season – only Derby (22 in 2007-08) have ever failed in more in a single campaign.

- It was the first time Arsenal kept a Premier League clean sheet on the road since December (0-0 vs West Ham), having conceded in each of their last nine before today.

- 1-0 was Wenger's third most common scoreline in Arsenal games in all competitions (124), after 1-1 and 2-1 (127 each).

- Source: BBC Sport, Goal.com

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