While it’s been official for the last few weeks, now, nobody can deny it – Arsene Wenger is no longer the manager of Arsenal Football Club (or at least, he won’t be in a few days time in an official capacity). The Frenchman has spent 22 long years in North London with the Gunners, and he managed to conclude his tenure in a familiar fashion: by picking up three points.
With veteran boss Arsene Wenger managing the team for the last time later today at Huddersfield, there is a sense of a major chapter ending and a potentially new exciting beginning.
Nobody yet knows who the new Gunners will be this summer. However, that makes for some interesting times ahead for Arsenal fans.
Managerial rookies with Arsenal backgrounds
Two of the names doing the rounds in relation to Arsenal are Manchester City assistant boss Mikel Arteta and New York City FC boss Patrick Vieira. Both players captained the team at various stages of their careers.
On Sunday, Arsenal pays a fond farewell to veteran boss Arsene Wenger, as the Gunners travel to Huddersfield on the last day of the Premier League season.
The home side heads into the game on the back of consecutive creditable draws at Manchester City and Chelsea that were enough to seal the Terriers top-flight status for next season.
David Wagner’s side has achieved safety by scoring the second fewest goals in the Premier League, having scored just 28 goals this season. The Yorkshire side has also won just once in their last nine league outings, which is terrible form.
It’s finally time to say goodbye to Arsene Wenger after more than two decades of him being known as the manager of Arsenal Football Club, as his tenure with the Gunners will come to an end this Sunday when they travel north to face Huddersfield Town. The Terriers have already confirmed their survival courtesy of a midweek draw against Chelsea, and now, they can go into the final game of the season with nothing to worry about – whereas Arsenal will be desperate to register their first away point of 2018 before they have to endure a three-month break before they get another chance at it.
A lot of people have been throwing around some ideas regarding who should take over from Arsene Wenger as Arsenal’s next manager. A handful of suggestions have been plausible, whereas some others have been a little bit ridiculous – and as reported by Sky Sports, Arsenal legend Robert Pires has a suggestion that we believe falls into the latter category.
“We talk about Allegri, Ancelotti, Luis Enrique… My two friends Patrick Vieira and Mikel Arteta too. I don’t know who the next manager is for Arsenal but they need to find the right philosophy.
While we are unsure of who the next Arsenal boss will be, surely the next man in the Gunners dugout can harness the partnership between forwards Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
When I say partnership, it is not so much a partnership, as the pair do not start up front together. The idea is playing Aubameyang out wide and Lacazette up front. Both players are comfortable and productive in the positions.
Aubameyang considered a replacement for Lacazette
When Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang arrived at Arsenal in January after a fruitful spell at Dortmund, many thought that the Gabon international was arriving to replace Lacazette, who in all honesty has enjoyed a decent first season in the English top-flight.
Courtesy of their defeat against Leicester City last night, Arsenal are still without a point away from home in 2018. In case you haven’t checked your calendar lately, it’s May, and in case you’re curious, the Gunners are the only team in the entire English football league system to possess an away record as poor as that this year. Some will call that baffling, but as the games have gone on, it makes all the sense in the world.
In yesterday’s article, I wrote that Leicester were ideal opponents for Arsenal. Maybe Arsenal were, in fact, ideal opponents for the Foxes, who recorded a 3-1 win over the Gunners after Konstantinos Mavropanos saw red after just 15 minutes.
From then on, it was always going to be difficult for the Gunners to end their poor away record. The north London side did score through Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang early in the second half, but goals from Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez won the game for the out-of-form Foxes.
Arsenal were defeated by Leicester City at the King Power Stadium on Wednesday evening by 3-1 with young Konstantinos Mavropanos was sent off in the 15th minute, and although the result means absolutely nothing point-wise, it would have been nice if it could have ended otherwise.
This was the game before last with Arsene Wenger in charge of the team, and the players will have a chance of sending the long-enduring manager off with a better result when they meet Huddersfield on Sunday. David Wagner’s men endured a strong test at Stamford Bridge in midweek. They got away with a single point that guarantees their Premier League survival, all but ending Chelsea’s hopes of a top-four finish. Arsenal can be backed at 8/13 to win Wenger’s last game in charge.
Arsenal are still the only team in English league football without an away point in 2018, after suffering a defeat at the hands of Leicester City. The Gunners, who are set to enter their final game under the guidance of manager Arsene Wenger this Sunday, will be praying that they can salvage something from their trip to Huddersfield so that they can avoid the stigma of heading into next season without an away point in 2018 to their name.