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Arsene Wenger will take charge of his final game as Arsenal manager when the Gunners meet Huddersfield Town at the John Smith’s Stadium on the final day of this Premier League season on Sunday.
Arsenal will aim to end an unwanted run of seven-straight defeats away from home. Wenger’s men have yet to take a single point on their travels in 2018 after losing 3-1 away to Leicester City last time out.
By contrast, Huddersfield have secured top-flight status for another season after laudable away draws against champions Manchester City and Chelsea. A 1-1 stalemate with the Blues at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday ensured the Terriers will play a second campaign in the Premier League.
Here are the schedule and viewing details for Wenger’s last match with the Gunners:
Date: Sunday, May 13
Time: 3 p.m. BST. 8 p.m. ET.
TV Info: NBC Sports Gold.
Live Stream: fuboTV.
Huddersfield manager David Wagner has said his players and staff will perform a guard of honour for Wenger, per Rory Benson of the Huddersfield Daily Examiner.
The club is also keen for its supporters to mark the occasion with this show of respect:
Huddersfield Town @htafcdotcom
👏 #htafc would encourage fans to join in a round of applause for @Arsenal Manager Arsène Wenger at the Club’s match against the Gunners on Sunday during the 22nd minute. Arsène is managing his last @premierleague game for Arsenal after taking over as Manager 22 years ago. (AT) https://t.co/HkLtaSpRzJ
Dominic King of the Daily Mail has applauded Huddersfield’s commendable intent:
Dominic King @DominicKing_DM
Top gesture by a proper club. They have enriched the Premier League this season and long may they continue to do so. https://t.co/x2tMKiuwcq
These gestures would be a fitting way to applaud Wenger, who won three league titles and a record seven FA Cups with the Gunners. Those triumphs included league and cup doubles in 1998 and 2002, as well as going the enitre league season unbeaten in 2003/04.
However, Huddersfield won’t want this to be a serene sendoff for Wenger. The Terriers were beaten 5-0 by the Gunners at the Emirates Stadium back in November, but have proved themselves made of tougher stuff since.
Draws at City and Chelsea were built on rock-solid defensive foundations. Wagner has relied on a back three, with centre-back Christopher Schindler a standout presence.
Yet Schindler should be in for a tough time against in-form Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. The former Borussia Dortmund ace has been on a tear since joining the Gunners late in the January transfer window, with Sky Sports Statto charting his efforts compared to the division’s leading marksmen:
Sky Sports Statto @SkySportsStatto
Most PL goal involvements since Aubameyang’s Arsenal debut on Feb 3: 15 – M. Salah (12 goals/3 assists) 13 – P-E. AUBAMEYANG (9/4) 9 – R. Sterling (4/5) 8 – H. Kane (7/1) 8 – A. Perez (4/4) #PL https://t.co/T8oK59w2l5
Aubameyang will be helped if fellow striker Alexandre Lacazette returns to the starting XI after being rested against Leicester.
It means the onus will be on Jack Wilshere, Aaron Ramsey and Henrikh Mkhitaryan to create chances.
Wenger may be more concerned about his own team’s ability to limit chances. The Gunners will be without injured centre-back Laurent Koscielny, who is out of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia this June after rupturing his Achilles.
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Arsenal’s defensive reserves have been thinned further after Konstantinon Mavropanos was sent off against the Foxes. The Greek centre-back missing out means Wenger must choose between Calum Chambers, Rob Holding, Shkodran Mustafi and the soon-to-retire Per Mertesacker to play in the middle.
Whoever does start will have to deal with the aerial threat posed by Huddersfield strikers Steve Mounie and Laurent Depoitre. Wagner may also use midfielder Dean Whitehead, who like Mertesacker, is set to retire from playing this summer, per BBC Sport.
Huddersfield have been in fine form, but the relief from staying up could take the edge off against an Arsenal side motivated to give Wenger a fond farewell.