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Each of the 31 qualifiers for the 2018 World Cup, plus the hosts, have named their provisional 35-man squads for the tournament in Russia and now have until June 4 to cull the numbers down to 23. Some, like England and Brazil, have already named their final 23-man squads. Those who do not make the cut are placed on standby in case they are needed to replace any injured players. Replacements can be made at any point until 24 hours before each team's first World Cup game. Here is what we know so far about each squad: Group A Egypt 29-man preliminary squad: Essam El Hadary, Mohamed El-Shennawy, Sherif Ekramy, Mohamed Awad; Ahmed Fathi, Saad Samir, Ayman Ashraf, Mahmoud Hamdy, Mohamed Abdel-Shafy, Ahmed Hegazi and Ali Gabr, Ahmed Elmohamady, Karim Hafez, Omar Gaber, Amro Tarek; Tarek Hamed, Mahmoud Abdel Aziz, Shikabala, Abdallah Said, Sam Morsy, Mohamed Elneny, Kahraba, Ramadan Sobhi, Trezeguet, Amr Warda; Marwan Mohsen, Ahmed Gomaa, Kouka, Mohamed Salah Russia 28-man preliminary squad: Igor Akinfeev, Vladimir Gabulov, Soslan Dzhanaev, Andrey Lunev; Vladimir Granat, Sergei Ignashevich, Fedor Kudryashov, Ilya Kutepov, Roman Neustadter, Konstantin Rausch, Andrey Semenov, Igor Smolnikov, Mario Fernandes; Yuri Gazinskiy, Alexsandr Golovin, Alan Dzagoev, Alexsandr Erokhin, Yuri Zhirkov, Daler Kuzyaev , Roman Zobnin, Alexsandr Samedov, Anton Miranchuk, Alexsandr Tashaev, Denis Cheryshev; Artem Dzyuba, Aleksey Miranchuk, Fedor Smolov, Fedor Chalov. Saudi Arabia TBC Uruguay 26-man preliminary squad: Fernando Muslera, Martin Silva, Martin Campana, Diego Godin, Sebastian Coates, Jose Maria Gimenez, Maximiliano Pereira, Gaston Silva, Martin Caceres, Guillermo Varela, Nahitan Nandez, Lucas Torreira, Matias Vecino, Federico Valverde, Rodrigo Bentancur, Carlos Sanchez, Giorgian De Arrascaeta, Diego Laxalt, Cristian Rodriguez, Jonathan Urretaviscaya, Nicolas Lodeiro, Gaston Ramirez, Cristhian Stuani, Maximiliano Gomez, Edinson Cavani, Luis Suarez World Cup predictor Group B Iran 35-man preliminary squad: Alireza Beiranvand, Seyed Hossein Hosseini, Rashid Mazaheri, Amir Abedzadeh; Ramin Rezaeian, Voria Ghafouri, Steven Beitashour, Seyed Jalal Hosseini, Mohammad Reza Khanzadeh, Morteza Pouraliganji, Mohammad Ansari, Pejman Montazeri, Seyed Majid Hosseini, Milad Mohammadi, Omid Norafkan, Saeid AGhaei, Roozbeh Cheshmi; Saeid Ezatolahi, Masoud Shojaei, Ahmad Abdolahzadeh, Saman Ghoddos, Mahdi Torabi, Ashkan Dejagah, Omid Ebrahimi, Ehsan Hajsafi, Ali Karimi, Soroush Rafiei, Ali Gholizadeh, Vahid Amiri; Alireza Jahanbakhsh, Karim Ansarifard, Mahdi Taremi, Sardar Azmoun, Reza Ghoochannejhad, Kaveh Rezaei Morocco 23-man final squad: Yassine Bounou, Mounir El Kajoui, Ahmad Reda Tagnaouti, Badr Banoun, Mehdi Benatia, Manuel da Costa, Nabil Dirar, Achraf Hakimi, Hamza Mendyl, Romain Saiss, Youssef Ait-Bennasser, Sofyan Amrabat, Nordin Amrabat, Younes Belhanda, Mbark Boussoufa, Karim El Ahmadi, Faycal Fajr, Amine Harit, Hakim Ziyech, Aziz Bouhaddouz, Khalid Boutaib, Mehdi Carcela, Ayoub El Kaabi Portugal 23-man final squad: Anthony Lopes, Beto, Rui Patricio, Bruno Alves, Cedric Soares, Jose Fonte, Mario Rui, Pepe, Raphael Guerreiro, Ricardo Pereira, Ruben Dias, Adrien Silva, Bruno Fernandes, Joao Mario, Joao Moutinho, Manuel Fernandes, William Carvalho, Andre Silva, Bernardo Silva, Cristiano Ronaldo, Gelson Martins, Goncalo Guedes, Ricardo Quaresma Spain Squad to be announced on May 21. Group C Australia 26-man preliminary squad: Brad Jones, Mat Ryan, Danny Vukovic; Aziz Behich, Milos Degenek, Matthew Jurman, Fran Karacic, James Meredith, Josh Risdon, Trent Sainsbury; Josh Brillante, Jackson Irvine, Mile Jedinak, Robbie Kruse, Massimo Luongo, Mark Milligan, Aaron Mooy, Tom Rogic, James Troisi; Daniel Arzani, Tim Cahill, Tomi Juric, Mathew Leckie, Andrew Nabbout, Dimitri Petratos, Nikita Rukavytsya Denmark 35-man preliminary squad: Kasper Schmeichel, Jonas Lossl, Frederik Ronow, Jesper Hansen; Simon Kjaer, Andreas Christensen, Mathias Jorgensen, Jannik Vestergaard, Andreas Bjelland, Henrik Dalsgaard, Peter Ankersen, Jens Stryger, Riza Durmisi, Jonas Knudsen, Nicolai Boilesen; William Kvist, Thomas Delaney, Lukas Lerager , Lasse Schone, Mike Jensen, Christian Eriksen, Daniel Wass, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, Mathias Jensen, Michael Krohn-Dehli, Robert Skov; Pione Sisto , Martin Braithwaite, Andreas Cornelius, Viktor Fischer, Yussuf Poulsen, Nicolai Jorgensen, Nicklas Bendtner, Kasper Dolberg, Kenneth Zohore World Cup 2018 stadiums France 23-man final squad: Alphonse Areola, Hugo Lloris, Steve Mandanda, Lucas Hernandez, Presnel Kimpembe, Benjamin Mendy, Benjamin Pavard, Adil Rami, Djibril Sidibe, Samuel Umtiti, Raphael Varane, N'Golo Kante, Blaise Matuidi, Steven N'Zonzi, Paul Pogba, Corentin Tolisso, Ousmane Dembele, Nabil Fekir, Olivier Giroud, Antoine Griezmann, Thomas Lemar, Kylian Mbappe, Florian Thauvin Peru 24-man preliminary squad: Carlos Caceda, Jose Carvallo, Pedro Gallese, Luis Abram, Luis Advincula, Pedro Aquino, Miguel Araujo, Andre Carrillo, Wilder Cartagena, Aldo Corzo, Christian Cueva, Jefferson Farfan, Edison Flores, Paolo Hurtado, Nilson Loyola, Sergio Pena, Andy Polo, Christian Ramos, Alberto Rodriguez, Raul Ruidiaz, Anderson Santamaria, Renato Tapia, Miguel Trauco, Yoshimar Yotun Group D Argentina 35-man preliminary squad: Sergio Romero, Nahuel Guzman, Willy Caballero, Franco Armani; Gabriel Mercado, Nicolas Otamendi, Federico Fazio, Nicolas Tagliafico, Marcos Rojo, Marcos Acuna, Ramiro Funes Mori, Cristian Ansaldi, Eduardo Salvio, German Pezzella; Javier Mascherano, Angel Di Maria, Ever Banega, Lucas Biglia, Manuel Lanzini, Gio Lo Celso, Ricardo Centurion, Guido Pizarro, Leandro Paredes, Maximiliano Meza, Enzo Perez, Pablo Perez, Rodrigo Battaglia; Lionel Messi, Sergio Aguero, Gonzalo Higuain, Paulo Dybala, Mauro Icardi Cristian Pavon, Lautaro Martinez, Diego Perotti World Cup Russian host cities you've never heard of Croatia 32-man preliminary squad: Danijel Subasic, Lovre Kalinic, Dominik Livakovic, Karlo Letica; Vedran Corluka, Domagoj Vida, Ivan Strinic, Dejan Lovren, Sime Vrsaljko, Josip Pivaric, Tin Jedvaj, Matej Mitrovic, Borna Barisic, Zoran Nizic, Duje Caleta-Car, Borna Sosa; Luka Modric, Ivan Rakitic, Mateo Kovacic, Milan Badelj, Marcelo Brozovic, Marko Rog, Mario Pasalic, Filip Bradaric; Mario Mandzukic, Ivan Perisic, Nikola Kalinic, Andrej Kramaric, Marko Pjaca, Ante Rebic, Duje Cop, Ivan Santini Iceland 23-man preliminary squad: Hannes Thor Halldorsson, Runar Alex Runarsson, Frederik Schram; Kari Arnason, Ari Freyr Skulason, Birkir Mar Saevarsson, Sverrir Ingi Ingason, Hordur Magnusson, Holmar Orn Eyjolfsson, Ragnar Sigurdsson; Johann Berg Gudmundsson, Birkir Bjarnason, Arnor Ingvi Traustason, Emil Hallfredsson, Gylfi Sigurdsson, Olafur Ingi Skulason, Rurik Gislason, Samuel Fridjonsson, Aron Gunnarsson; Alfred Finnbogason, Bjorn Bergmann Sigurdarson, Jon Dadi Bodvarsson, Albert Gudmundsson Nigeria 30-man preliminary squad: Ikechukwu Ezenwa, Daniel Akpeyi, Francis Uzoho, Dele Ajiboye; William Troost-Ekong, Leon Balogun, Olaoluwa Aina, Kenneth Omeruo, Bryan Idowu, Chidozie Awaziem, Abdullahi Shehu, Elderson Echiejile, Tyronne Ebuehi, Stephen Eze, John Obi Mikel, Ogenyi Onazi, John Ogu, Wilfred Ndidi, Uche Agbo, Oghenekaro Etebo, Joel Obi; Mikel Agu; Odion Ighalo, Ahmed Musa, Victor Moses, Alex Iwobi, Kelechi Iheanacho, Moses Simon, Junior Lokosa, Simeon Nwankwo Group E Brazil 23-man final squad: Alisson, Ederson, Cassio; Danilo, Fagner, Marcelo, Filipe Luis, Thiago Silva, Marquinhos, Miranda, Pedro Geromel; Casemiro, Fernandinho, Paulinho, Fred, Renato Augusto, Philippe Coutinho, Willian, Douglas Costa; Neymar, Taison, Gabriel Jesus, Roberto Firmino Costa Rica 23-man final squad: Keylor Navas, Patrick Pemberton, Leonel Moreira, Cristian Gamboa, Ian Smith, Ronald Matarrita, Bryan Oviedo, Oscar Duarte, Giancarlo Gonzalez, Francisco Calvo, Kendall Waston, Johnny Acosta, David Guzman, Yeltsin Tejeda, Celso Borges, Randall Azofeifa, Rodney Wallace, Bryan Ruiz, Daniel Colindres, Christian Bolanos, Johan Venegas, Joel Campbell, Marco Urena. Switzerland TBC Serbia TBC Group F Germany 27-man preliminary squad: Bernd Leno, Manuel Neuer, Marc-Andre ter Stegen, Kevin Trapp, Jerome Boateng, Matthias Ginter, Jonas Hector, Mats Hummels, Joshua Kimmich, Marvin Plattenhardt, Antonio Rudiger, Niklas Sule, Jonathan Tah, Julian Brandt, Julian Draxler, Mario Gomez, Leon Goretzka, Ilkay Gundogan, Sami Khedira, Toni Kroos, Thomas Muller, Mesut Ozil, Nils Petersen, Marco Reus, Sebastian Rudy, Leroy Sane, Timo Werner. Mexico 28-man preliminary squad: Guillermo Ochoa, Jesus Corona, Alfredo Talavera; Diego Reyes, Héctor Moreno, Miguel Layún, Carlos Salcedo, Edson Álvarez, Néstor Araujo, Jesús Gallardo, Hugo Ayala, Rafael Márquez; Jonathan dos Santos, Andrés Guardado, Héctor Herrera, Marco Fabián, Javier Aquino, Jonathan González, Jesús Molina y Erick Gutiérrez; Tecatito Corona, Hirving Lozano, Chicharito Hernández, Raúl Jiménez, Carlos Vela, Javier Aquino, Jurgen Damm, Giovani dos Santos South Korea 28-man preliminary squad: Kim Seunggyu, Kim Jinhyeon, Cho Hyeonwoo, Kim Younggwon, Jang Hyunsoo, Jeong Seunghyeon, Yun Yeongseon, Kwon Kyungwon, Oh Bansuk, Kim Jinsu, Kim Minwoo, Park Jooho, Hong Chul, Go Yohan, Lee Yong, Ki Sungyueng, Jeong Wooyoung, Kwon Changhoon, Ju Sejong, Koo Jacheol, Lee Jaesung, Lee Seungwoo, Moon Sunmin, Lee Chungyong, Kim Shinwook, Son Heungmin, Hwang Heechan, Lee Keunho Sweden 23-man final squad: Robin Olsen, Karl-Johan Johnsson, Kristoffer Nordfeldt, Mikael Lustig, Victor Lindelof, Andreas Granqvist, Martin Olsson, Ludwig Augustinsson, Filip Helander, Emil Krafth, Pontus Jansson, Sebastian Larsson, Albin Ekdal, Emil Forsberg, Gustav Svensson, Oscar Hiljemark, Viktor Claesson, Marcus Rohden, Jimmy Durmaz, Marcus Berg, John Guidetti, Ola Toivonen, Isaac Kiese Thelin Group G Belgium Squad to be announced on May 21. England 23-man final squad: Jack Butland, Nick Pope, Jordan Pickford; Fabian Delph, Danny Rose, Eric Dier, Kyle Walker, Kieran Trippier, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Harry Maguire, John Stones, Phil Jones, Gary Cahill; Jordan Henderson, Jesse Lingard, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Ashley Young, Dele Alli, Raheem Sterling; Harry Kane, Jamie Vardy, Marcus Rashford, Danny Welbeck Panama 35-man preliminary squad: Jose Calderon, Jaime Penedo, Alex Rodríguez; Azmahar Ariano, Felipe Baloy, Harold Cummings, Eric Davis, Fidel Escobar, Adolfo Machado, Michael Murillo, Luis Ovalle, Francisco Palacios, Richard Peralta, Roman Torres; Ricardo Avila, Edgar Barcenas, Ricardo Buitrago, Miguel Camargo, Adalberto Carrasquilla, Armando Cooper, Anibal Godoy, Gabriel Gomez, Jose Gonzalez, Cristian Martinez, Valentin Pimentel, Alberto Quintero, Jose Luis Rodriguez; Abdiel Arroyo, Rolando Blackburn, Ismael Diaz, Jose Fajardo, Roberto Nurse, Blas Perez, Luis Tejada, Gabriel Torres Tunisia 29-man preliminary squad: Aymen Mathlouthi, Mouez Hassen, Farouk Ben Mustapha, Moez Ben Cherifia, Syam Ben Youssef, Yohan Benalouane, Yassine Meriah, Bilel Mohsni, Hamdi Nagguez, Ali Maaloul, Khalil Chemmam, Oussema Haddadi, Dylan Bronn, Ellyes Skhiri, Ferjani Sassi, Karim Laribi, Ahmed Khalil, Mohamed Amine Ben Amor, Ghailene Chaalali, Mohamed Larbi, Anice Bardi, Saif-Eddine Khaoui, Saber Khalifa, Naim Sliti, Fakhreddine Ben Youssef, Whabi Khazri, Bassem Srarfi, Ahmed Akaichi Group H Colombia 35-man preliminary squad: David Ospina, Camilo Vargas, Ivan Arboleda, Jose Fernando Cuadrado; Cristian Zapata, Davinson Sanchez, Santiago Arias, Oscar Murillo, Frank Fabra, Johan Mojica, Yerry Mina, William Tesillo, Bernardo Espinosa, Stefan Medina, Farid Diaz; Wilmar Barrios, Carlos Sanchez, Jefferson Lerma, Jose Izquierdo, James Rodriguez, Giovanni Moreno, Abel Aguilar, Mateus Uribe, Yimmi Chara, Juan Fernando Quintero, Edwin Cardona, Juan Guillermo Cuadrado, Gustavo Cuellar, Sebastian Perez; Radamel Falcao Garcia, Duvan Zapata, Miguel Borja, Carlos Bacca, Luis Fernando Muriel, Teofilo Gutierrez Japan Squad to be announced on May 31. World Cup 2018 venues Poland 35-man preliminary squad: Bartosz Bialkowski, Lukasz Fabianski, Lukasz Skorupski, Wojciech Szczesny; Jan Bednarek, Bartosz Bereszynski, Thiago Cionek, Kamil Glik, Artur Jedrzejczyk, Marcin Kaminski, Tomasz Kedziora, Michal Pazdan, Lukasz Piszczek; Jakub Blaszczykowski, Pawel Dawidowicz, Przemyslaw Frankowski, Jacek Goralski, Maciej Rybus, Sebastian Szymanski, Piotr Zielinski, Szymon Zurkowski; Dawid Kownacki, Robert Lewandowski, Arkadiusz Milik, Krzysztof Piatek, Lukasz Teodorczyk, Kamil Wilczek Senegal 23-man final squad: Abdoulaye Diallo, Khadim Ndiaye, Alfred Gomis, Lamine Gassama, Moussa Wague, Saliou Ciss, Youssouf Sabaly, Kalidou Kalidou, Salif Sane, Cheikhou Kouyate, Kara Mbodji, Idrisa Gana Gueye, Cheikh Ndoye, Alfred Ndiaye, Pape Alioune Ndiaye, Moussa Sow, Moussa Konate, Diafra Sakho, Sadio Mane, Ismaila Sarr, Mame Biram Diouf, Mbaye Niang, Diao Keita Balde
World Cup 2018 squad guide: Latest group news and updates
Each of the 31 qualifiers for the 2018 World Cup, plus the hosts, have named their provisional 35-man squads for the tournament in Russia and now have until June 4 to cull the numbers down to 23. Some, like England and Brazil, have already named their final 23-man squads. Those who do not make the cut are placed on standby in case they are needed to replace any injured players. Replacements can be made at any point until 24 hours before each team's first World Cup game. Here is what we know so far about each squad: Group A Egypt 29-man preliminary squad: Essam El Hadary, Mohamed El-Shennawy, Sherif Ekramy, Mohamed Awad; Ahmed Fathi, Saad Samir, Ayman Ashraf, Mahmoud Hamdy, Mohamed Abdel-Shafy, Ahmed Hegazi and Ali Gabr, Ahmed Elmohamady, Karim Hafez, Omar Gaber, Amro Tarek; Tarek Hamed, Mahmoud Abdel Aziz, Shikabala, Abdallah Said, Sam Morsy, Mohamed Elneny, Kahraba, Ramadan Sobhi, Trezeguet, Amr Warda; Marwan Mohsen, Ahmed Gomaa, Kouka, Mohamed Salah Russia 28-man preliminary squad: Igor Akinfeev, Vladimir Gabulov, Soslan Dzhanaev, Andrey Lunev; Vladimir Granat, Sergei Ignashevich, Fedor Kudryashov, Ilya Kutepov, Roman Neustadter, Konstantin Rausch, Andrey Semenov, Igor Smolnikov, Mario Fernandes; Yuri Gazinskiy, Alexsandr Golovin, Alan Dzagoev, Alexsandr Erokhin, Yuri Zhirkov, Daler Kuzyaev , Roman Zobnin, Alexsandr Samedov, Anton Miranchuk, Alexsandr Tashaev, Denis Cheryshev; Artem Dzyuba, Aleksey Miranchuk, Fedor Smolov, Fedor Chalov. Saudi Arabia TBC Uruguay 26-man preliminary squad: Fernando Muslera, Martin Silva, Martin Campana, Diego Godin, Sebastian Coates, Jose Maria Gimenez, Maximiliano Pereira, Gaston Silva, Martin Caceres, Guillermo Varela, Nahitan Nandez, Lucas Torreira, Matias Vecino, Federico Valverde, Rodrigo Bentancur, Carlos Sanchez, Giorgian De Arrascaeta, Diego Laxalt, Cristian Rodriguez, Jonathan Urretaviscaya, Nicolas Lodeiro, Gaston Ramirez, Cristhian Stuani, Maximiliano Gomez, Edinson Cavani, Luis Suarez World Cup predictor Group B Iran 35-man preliminary squad: Alireza Beiranvand, Seyed Hossein Hosseini, Rashid Mazaheri, Amir Abedzadeh; Ramin Rezaeian, Voria Ghafouri, Steven Beitashour, Seyed Jalal Hosseini, Mohammad Reza Khanzadeh, Morteza Pouraliganji, Mohammad Ansari, Pejman Montazeri, Seyed Majid Hosseini, Milad Mohammadi, Omid Norafkan, Saeid AGhaei, Roozbeh Cheshmi; Saeid Ezatolahi, Masoud Shojaei, Ahmad Abdolahzadeh, Saman Ghoddos, Mahdi Torabi, Ashkan Dejagah, Omid Ebrahimi, Ehsan Hajsafi, Ali Karimi, Soroush Rafiei, Ali Gholizadeh, Vahid Amiri; Alireza Jahanbakhsh, Karim Ansarifard, Mahdi Taremi, Sardar Azmoun, Reza Ghoochannejhad, Kaveh Rezaei Morocco 23-man final squad: Yassine Bounou, Mounir El Kajoui, Ahmad Reda Tagnaouti, Badr Banoun, Mehdi Benatia, Manuel da Costa, Nabil Dirar, Achraf Hakimi, Hamza Mendyl, Romain Saiss, Youssef Ait-Bennasser, Sofyan Amrabat, Nordin Amrabat, Younes Belhanda, Mbark Boussoufa, Karim El Ahmadi, Faycal Fajr, Amine Harit, Hakim Ziyech, Aziz Bouhaddouz, Khalid Boutaib, Mehdi Carcela, Ayoub El Kaabi Portugal 23-man final squad: Anthony Lopes, Beto, Rui Patricio, Bruno Alves, Cedric Soares, Jose Fonte, Mario Rui, Pepe, Raphael Guerreiro, Ricardo Pereira, Ruben Dias, Adrien Silva, Bruno Fernandes, Joao Mario, Joao Moutinho, Manuel Fernandes, William Carvalho, Andre Silva, Bernardo Silva, Cristiano Ronaldo, Gelson Martins, Goncalo Guedes, Ricardo Quaresma Spain Squad to be announced on May 21. Group C Australia 26-man preliminary squad: Brad Jones, Mat Ryan, Danny Vukovic; Aziz Behich, Milos Degenek, Matthew Jurman, Fran Karacic, James Meredith, Josh Risdon, Trent Sainsbury; Josh Brillante, Jackson Irvine, Mile Jedinak, Robbie Kruse, Massimo Luongo, Mark Milligan, Aaron Mooy, Tom Rogic, James Troisi; Daniel Arzani, Tim Cahill, Tomi Juric, Mathew Leckie, Andrew Nabbout, Dimitri Petratos, Nikita Rukavytsya Denmark 35-man preliminary squad: Kasper Schmeichel, Jonas Lossl, Frederik Ronow, Jesper Hansen; Simon Kjaer, Andreas Christensen, Mathias Jorgensen, Jannik Vestergaard, Andreas Bjelland, Henrik Dalsgaard, Peter Ankersen, Jens Stryger, Riza Durmisi, Jonas Knudsen, Nicolai Boilesen; William Kvist, Thomas Delaney, Lukas Lerager , Lasse Schone, Mike Jensen, Christian Eriksen, Daniel Wass, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, Mathias Jensen, Michael Krohn-Dehli, Robert Skov; Pione Sisto , Martin Braithwaite, Andreas Cornelius, Viktor Fischer, Yussuf Poulsen, Nicolai Jorgensen, Nicklas Bendtner, Kasper Dolberg, Kenneth Zohore World Cup 2018 stadiums France 23-man final squad: Alphonse Areola, Hugo Lloris, Steve Mandanda, Lucas Hernandez, Presnel Kimpembe, Benjamin Mendy, Benjamin Pavard, Adil Rami, Djibril Sidibe, Samuel Umtiti, Raphael Varane, N'Golo Kante, Blaise Matuidi, Steven N'Zonzi, Paul Pogba, Corentin Tolisso, Ousmane Dembele, Nabil Fekir, Olivier Giroud, Antoine Griezmann, Thomas Lemar, Kylian Mbappe, Florian Thauvin Peru 24-man preliminary squad: Carlos Caceda, Jose Carvallo, Pedro Gallese, Luis Abram, Luis Advincula, Pedro Aquino, Miguel Araujo, Andre Carrillo, Wilder Cartagena, Aldo Corzo, Christian Cueva, Jefferson Farfan, Edison Flores, Paolo Hurtado, Nilson Loyola, Sergio Pena, Andy Polo, Christian Ramos, Alberto Rodriguez, Raul Ruidiaz, Anderson Santamaria, Renato Tapia, Miguel Trauco, Yoshimar Yotun Group D Argentina 35-man preliminary squad: Sergio Romero, Nahuel Guzman, Willy Caballero, Franco Armani; Gabriel Mercado, Nicolas Otamendi, Federico Fazio, Nicolas Tagliafico, Marcos Rojo, Marcos Acuna, Ramiro Funes Mori, Cristian Ansaldi, Eduardo Salvio, German Pezzella; Javier Mascherano, Angel Di Maria, Ever Banega, Lucas Biglia, Manuel Lanzini, Gio Lo Celso, Ricardo Centurion, Guido Pizarro, Leandro Paredes, Maximiliano Meza, Enzo Perez, Pablo Perez, Rodrigo Battaglia; Lionel Messi, Sergio Aguero, Gonzalo Higuain, Paulo Dybala, Mauro Icardi Cristian Pavon, Lautaro Martinez, Diego Perotti World Cup Russian host cities you've never heard of Croatia 32-man preliminary squad: Danijel Subasic, Lovre Kalinic, Dominik Livakovic, Karlo Letica; Vedran Corluka, Domagoj Vida, Ivan Strinic, Dejan Lovren, Sime Vrsaljko, Josip Pivaric, Tin Jedvaj, Matej Mitrovic, Borna Barisic, Zoran Nizic, Duje Caleta-Car, Borna Sosa; Luka Modric, Ivan Rakitic, Mateo Kovacic, Milan Badelj, Marcelo Brozovic, Marko Rog, Mario Pasalic, Filip Bradaric; Mario Mandzukic, Ivan Perisic, Nikola Kalinic, Andrej Kramaric, Marko Pjaca, Ante Rebic, Duje Cop, Ivan Santini Iceland 23-man preliminary squad: Hannes Thor Halldorsson, Runar Alex Runarsson, Frederik Schram; Kari Arnason, Ari Freyr Skulason, Birkir Mar Saevarsson, Sverrir Ingi Ingason, Hordur Magnusson, Holmar Orn Eyjolfsson, Ragnar Sigurdsson; Johann Berg Gudmundsson, Birkir Bjarnason, Arnor Ingvi Traustason, Emil Hallfredsson, Gylfi Sigurdsson, Olafur Ingi Skulason, Rurik Gislason, Samuel Fridjonsson, Aron Gunnarsson; Alfred Finnbogason, Bjorn Bergmann Sigurdarson, Jon Dadi Bodvarsson, Albert Gudmundsson Nigeria 30-man preliminary squad: Ikechukwu Ezenwa, Daniel Akpeyi, Francis Uzoho, Dele Ajiboye; William Troost-Ekong, Leon Balogun, Olaoluwa Aina, Kenneth Omeruo, Bryan Idowu, Chidozie Awaziem, Abdullahi Shehu, Elderson Echiejile, Tyronne Ebuehi, Stephen Eze, John Obi Mikel, Ogenyi Onazi, John Ogu, Wilfred Ndidi, Uche Agbo, Oghenekaro Etebo, Joel Obi; Mikel Agu; Odion Ighalo, Ahmed Musa, Victor Moses, Alex Iwobi, Kelechi Iheanacho, Moses Simon, Junior Lokosa, Simeon Nwankwo Group E Brazil 23-man final squad: Alisson, Ederson, Cassio; Danilo, Fagner, Marcelo, Filipe Luis, Thiago Silva, Marquinhos, Miranda, Pedro Geromel; Casemiro, Fernandinho, Paulinho, Fred, Renato Augusto, Philippe Coutinho, Willian, Douglas Costa; Neymar, Taison, Gabriel Jesus, Roberto Firmino Costa Rica 23-man final squad: Keylor Navas, Patrick Pemberton, Leonel Moreira, Cristian Gamboa, Ian Smith, Ronald Matarrita, Bryan Oviedo, Oscar Duarte, Giancarlo Gonzalez, Francisco Calvo, Kendall Waston, Johnny Acosta, David Guzman, Yeltsin Tejeda, Celso Borges, Randall Azofeifa, Rodney Wallace, Bryan Ruiz, Daniel Colindres, Christian Bolanos, Johan Venegas, Joel Campbell, Marco Urena. Switzerland TBC Serbia TBC Group F Germany 27-man preliminary squad: Bernd Leno, Manuel Neuer, Marc-Andre ter Stegen, Kevin Trapp, Jerome Boateng, Matthias Ginter, Jonas Hector, Mats Hummels, Joshua Kimmich, Marvin Plattenhardt, Antonio Rudiger, Niklas Sule, Jonathan Tah, Julian Brandt, Julian Draxler, Mario Gomez, Leon Goretzka, Ilkay Gundogan, Sami Khedira, Toni Kroos, Thomas Muller, Mesut Ozil, Nils Petersen, Marco Reus, Sebastian Rudy, Leroy Sane, Timo Werner. Mexico 28-man preliminary squad: Guillermo Ochoa, Jesus Corona, Alfredo Talavera; Diego Reyes, Héctor Moreno, Miguel Layún, Carlos Salcedo, Edson Álvarez, Néstor Araujo, Jesús Gallardo, Hugo Ayala, Rafael Márquez; Jonathan dos Santos, Andrés Guardado, Héctor Herrera, Marco Fabián, Javier Aquino, Jonathan González, Jesús Molina y Erick Gutiérrez; Tecatito Corona, Hirving Lozano, Chicharito Hernández, Raúl Jiménez, Carlos Vela, Javier Aquino, Jurgen Damm, Giovani dos Santos South Korea 28-man preliminary squad: Kim Seunggyu, Kim Jinhyeon, Cho Hyeonwoo, Kim Younggwon, Jang Hyunsoo, Jeong Seunghyeon, Yun Yeongseon, Kwon Kyungwon, Oh Bansuk, Kim Jinsu, Kim Minwoo, Park Jooho, Hong Chul, Go Yohan, Lee Yong, Ki Sungyueng, Jeong Wooyoung, Kwon Changhoon, Ju Sejong, Koo Jacheol, Lee Jaesung, Lee Seungwoo, Moon Sunmin, Lee Chungyong, Kim Shinwook, Son Heungmin, Hwang Heechan, Lee Keunho Sweden 23-man final squad: Robin Olsen, Karl-Johan Johnsson, Kristoffer Nordfeldt, Mikael Lustig, Victor Lindelof, Andreas Granqvist, Martin Olsson, Ludwig Augustinsson, Filip Helander, Emil Krafth, Pontus Jansson, Sebastian Larsson, Albin Ekdal, Emil Forsberg, Gustav Svensson, Oscar Hiljemark, Viktor Claesson, Marcus Rohden, Jimmy Durmaz, Marcus Berg, John Guidetti, Ola Toivonen, Isaac Kiese Thelin Group G Belgium Squad to be announced on May 21. England 23-man final squad: Jack Butland, Nick Pope, Jordan Pickford; Fabian Delph, Danny Rose, Eric Dier, Kyle Walker, Kieran Trippier, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Harry Maguire, John Stones, Phil Jones, Gary Cahill; Jordan Henderson, Jesse Lingard, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Ashley Young, Dele Alli, Raheem Sterling; Harry Kane, Jamie Vardy, Marcus Rashford, Danny Welbeck Panama 35-man preliminary squad: Jose Calderon, Jaime Penedo, Alex Rodríguez; Azmahar Ariano, Felipe Baloy, Harold Cummings, Eric Davis, Fidel Escobar, Adolfo Machado, Michael Murillo, Luis Ovalle, Francisco Palacios, Richard Peralta, Roman Torres; Ricardo Avila, Edgar Barcenas, Ricardo Buitrago, Miguel Camargo, Adalberto Carrasquilla, Armando Cooper, Anibal Godoy, Gabriel Gomez, Jose Gonzalez, Cristian Martinez, Valentin Pimentel, Alberto Quintero, Jose Luis Rodriguez; Abdiel Arroyo, Rolando Blackburn, Ismael Diaz, Jose Fajardo, Roberto Nurse, Blas Perez, Luis Tejada, Gabriel Torres Tunisia 29-man preliminary squad: Aymen Mathlouthi, Mouez Hassen, Farouk Ben Mustapha, Moez Ben Cherifia, Syam Ben Youssef, Yohan Benalouane, Yassine Meriah, Bilel Mohsni, Hamdi Nagguez, Ali Maaloul, Khalil Chemmam, Oussema Haddadi, Dylan Bronn, Ellyes Skhiri, Ferjani Sassi, Karim Laribi, Ahmed Khalil, Mohamed Amine Ben Amor, Ghailene Chaalali, Mohamed Larbi, Anice Bardi, Saif-Eddine Khaoui, Saber Khalifa, Naim Sliti, Fakhreddine Ben Youssef, Whabi Khazri, Bassem Srarfi, Ahmed Akaichi Group H Colombia 35-man preliminary squad: David Ospina, Camilo Vargas, Ivan Arboleda, Jose Fernando Cuadrado; Cristian Zapata, Davinson Sanchez, Santiago Arias, Oscar Murillo, Frank Fabra, Johan Mojica, Yerry Mina, William Tesillo, Bernardo Espinosa, Stefan Medina, Farid Diaz; Wilmar Barrios, Carlos Sanchez, Jefferson Lerma, Jose Izquierdo, James Rodriguez, Giovanni Moreno, Abel Aguilar, Mateus Uribe, Yimmi Chara, Juan Fernando Quintero, Edwin Cardona, Juan Guillermo Cuadrado, Gustavo Cuellar, Sebastian Perez; Radamel Falcao Garcia, Duvan Zapata, Miguel Borja, Carlos Bacca, Luis Fernando Muriel, Teofilo Gutierrez Japan Squad to be announced on May 31. World Cup 2018 venues Poland 35-man preliminary squad: Bartosz Bialkowski, Lukasz Fabianski, Lukasz Skorupski, Wojciech Szczesny; Jan Bednarek, Bartosz Bereszynski, Thiago Cionek, Kamil Glik, Artur Jedrzejczyk, Marcin Kaminski, Tomasz Kedziora, Michal Pazdan, Lukasz Piszczek; Jakub Blaszczykowski, Pawel Dawidowicz, Przemyslaw Frankowski, Jacek Goralski, Maciej Rybus, Sebastian Szymanski, Piotr Zielinski, Szymon Zurkowski; Dawid Kownacki, Robert Lewandowski, Arkadiusz Milik, Krzysztof Piatek, Lukasz Teodorczyk, Kamil Wilczek Senegal 23-man final squad: Abdoulaye Diallo, Khadim Ndiaye, Alfred Gomis, Lamine Gassama, Moussa Wague, Saliou Ciss, Youssouf Sabaly, Kalidou Kalidou, Salif Sane, Cheikhou Kouyate, Kara Mbodji, Idrisa Gana Gueye, Cheikh Ndoye, Alfred Ndiaye, Pape Alioune Ndiaye, Moussa Sow, Moussa Konate, Diafra Sakho, Sadio Mane, Ismaila Sarr, Mame Biram Diouf, Mbaye Niang, Diao Keita Balde
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has been voted the Premier League Manager of the Year by the League Manager's Association. Spaniard Guardiola saw his side set a new Premier League points record of 100, scoring 106 goals along the way. Guardiola collected his accolade at the LMA Awards dinner in London on Tuesday night, having 24 hours earlier enjoyed celebrating City's triumph with an open-top bus parade around Manchester. Elsewhere, Cardiff manager Neil Warnock received an LMA Special Achievement Award to mark a record eighth career promotion after taking the Welsh club up in second place in the Sky Bet Championship. Wolves manager Nuno Espirito Santo picked up the LMA Championship award, having seen his side secure the title. Neil Warnock received a LMA Special Achievement Award Credit: Getty Images The LMA League One Manager Of The Year award went to Shrewsbury's Paul Hurst, whose team finished third behind Blackburn and champions Wigan. The Shrews saw off Charlton to book their place in the play-off final at Wembley, where they will face either Scunthorpe or Rotherham. John Coleman collected the League Two award after Accrington Stanley claimed the title with 93 points. Chelsea manager Emma Hayes won the FA Women's Super League award after leading her side to a league and cup double.
Pep Guardiola wins LMA Manager of Year award
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has been voted the Premier League Manager of the Year by the League Manager's Association. Spaniard Guardiola saw his side set a new Premier League points record of 100, scoring 106 goals along the way. Guardiola collected his accolade at the LMA Awards dinner in London on Tuesday night, having 24 hours earlier enjoyed celebrating City's triumph with an open-top bus parade around Manchester. Elsewhere, Cardiff manager Neil Warnock received an LMA Special Achievement Award to mark a record eighth career promotion after taking the Welsh club up in second place in the Sky Bet Championship. Wolves manager Nuno Espirito Santo picked up the LMA Championship award, having seen his side secure the title. Neil Warnock received a LMA Special Achievement Award Credit: Getty Images The LMA League One Manager Of The Year award went to Shrewsbury's Paul Hurst, whose team finished third behind Blackburn and champions Wigan. The Shrews saw off Charlton to book their place in the play-off final at Wembley, where they will face either Scunthorpe or Rotherham. John Coleman collected the League Two award after Accrington Stanley claimed the title with 93 points. Chelsea manager Emma Hayes won the FA Women's Super League award after leading her side to a league and cup double.
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has been voted the Premier League Manager of the Year by the League Manager's Association. Spaniard Guardiola saw his side set a new Premier League points record of 100, scoring 106 goals along the way. Guardiola collected his accolade at the LMA Awards dinner in London on Tuesday night, having 24 hours earlier enjoyed celebrating City's triumph with an open-top bus parade around Manchester. Elsewhere, Cardiff manager Neil Warnock received an LMA Special Achievement Award to mark a record eighth career promotion after taking the Welsh club up in second place in the Sky Bet Championship. Wolves manager Nuno Espirito Santo picked up the LMA Championship award, having seen his side secure the title. Neil Warnock received a LMA Special Achievement Award Credit: Getty Images The LMA League One Manager Of The Year award went to Shrewsbury's Paul Hurst, whose team finished third behind Blackburn and champions Wigan. The Shrews saw off Charlton to book their place in the play-off final at Wembley, where they will face either Scunthorpe or Rotherham. John Coleman collected the League Two award after Accrington Stanley claimed the title with 93 points. Chelsea manager Emma Hayes won the FA Women's Super League award after leading her side to a league and cup double.
Pep Guardiola wins LMA Manager of Year award
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has been voted the Premier League Manager of the Year by the League Manager's Association. Spaniard Guardiola saw his side set a new Premier League points record of 100, scoring 106 goals along the way. Guardiola collected his accolade at the LMA Awards dinner in London on Tuesday night, having 24 hours earlier enjoyed celebrating City's triumph with an open-top bus parade around Manchester. Elsewhere, Cardiff manager Neil Warnock received an LMA Special Achievement Award to mark a record eighth career promotion after taking the Welsh club up in second place in the Sky Bet Championship. Wolves manager Nuno Espirito Santo picked up the LMA Championship award, having seen his side secure the title. Neil Warnock received a LMA Special Achievement Award Credit: Getty Images The LMA League One Manager Of The Year award went to Shrewsbury's Paul Hurst, whose team finished third behind Blackburn and champions Wigan. The Shrews saw off Charlton to book their place in the play-off final at Wembley, where they will face either Scunthorpe or Rotherham. John Coleman collected the League Two award after Accrington Stanley claimed the title with 93 points. Chelsea manager Emma Hayes won the FA Women's Super League award after leading her side to a league and cup double.
To the end, there was dignity and, to use one of his favourite words, , humanity to Arsene Wenger as he bowed out,quite literally, as Arsenal manager after 22 years, 1,235 games and this, his 707th victory. One-nil to the Arsenal, in fact, although that was never a scoreline he cherished or that was associated with him. There was sentimentality, too – and why not as Wenger spoke of the appropriateness of Huddersfield Town being his final opponent in what otherwise was an inconsequential fixture? “Herbert Chapman, maybe our greatest manager, came from here,” Wenger said. “For me to come here on the last day had a special meaning when you know the history of our club. In fact, there was a photo just in front of the dressing room where Chapman smiled at me because he was on the photo.” Chapman smiling down on Wenger is certainly some romantic image, one that resonates powerfully for all Arsenal fans. Chapman was Huddersfield’s greatest manager, in their golden period in the 1920s when they won league titles, with three stars adorning their shirts, and were such a force in English football that he was poached by Arsenal and transformed them too. For 22 years, for 1,235 games, for 49, 49 undefeated, for 7 FA Cups, for 3 @PremierLeague titles, for two Doubles, for winning the league at Old Trafford and White Hart Lane, for Wengerball, for the Invincibles, for your total love and devotion, we want to say... #MerciArsène❤️ pic.twitter.com/xkRXjLAid2— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 13, 2018 Chapman revolutionised the role of the manager, making him more powerful in an era when decisions were made by committee. Privately, Wenger might ruefully consider the wheel is turning full circle away from his profession, given the nature of his departure, as he first walked past the bust of Chapman at the entrance to the John Smith Stadium, then the photograph before he took to the pitch to be met by a guard of honour. Before kick-off, Wenger strode towards the travelling Arsenal supporters and bowed to them, later saying it was a spontaneous act of appreciation. “We had disagreements, which I accept, but we had one thing in common: we loved Arsenal Football Club, and I wanted to share that with them,” he said. Thanks for the 22 years Credit: PA Wenger went to the away dug-out an hour before the game to get some “oxygen”. “It’s difficult to understand when you don’t know how deep the love is for the game [in England],” Wenger said. “It was a fantastic experience for me. Where do I go from there? That’s the difficulty. When you’ve experienced this intensity for such a long time, I don’t know where I go. I’ll remain a fan wherever I go.” Wenger will now look forward to the next phase of his career and his life. The 68-year-old has already divulged he has had many offers and confirmed that they included Premier League clubs. “Yes, I had offers, yes, of course,” he said, “but at the moment, I have not said anything to anybody. I came out of a long process and you cannot just the next morning go somewhere else. It’s impossible.” But could he manage against Arsenal? “I’m not ready for that at the moment,” Wenger said. “That would be very difficult, I’d stay at home that day. Maybe, I don’t envisage that at the moment. Maybe it’s better I go somewhere else.” He suggested that Arsenal are only “some additions” away from competing for the Premier League title. Although that may not only depend on how many is “some” but who manages them, one player who will be crucial to the future is surely Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. Arsene Wenger waves to the fans before the match Credit: Reuters Wenger’s final signing, if it was his decision, and most expensive ever signing scored the only goal, and it means he has struck 10 times in just 13 league games since he arrived in January for £56 million. The goal was also one that will have delighted Wenger as it was constructed through a slick passing move involving Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Alexandre Lacazette, with the latter sliding the ball through to Aaron Ramsey who prodded it across goal for Aubameyang to force home. Arsene Wenger's replacement at Arsenal That was tough on Huddersfield who should have scored through Steve Mounie, with a header, and Tom Ince, who ballooned over, but it did not detract from the celebratory atmosphere. However, there may be a pang of alarm from their supporters in the non-committal way manager David Wagner later spoke about his own future, having kept the club up against the odds. Fans hold up a Arsene Wenger banner Credit: Getty Club owner Dean Hoyle had taken to the pitch at half-time to suggest Wagner would stay, but the German later said simply that the chairman was putting “pressure” on himself with that declaration. Time will soon tell. THE BOSS ❤️#MerciArsènepic.twitter.com/ThKzyCGKRw— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 13, 2018 Huddersfield goalkeeper Jonas Lossl made smart saves from Lacazette and substitute Danny Welbeck while as they made most of the running, Huddersfield went closest when Aaron Mooy clipped the top of the cross-bar, and substitute Laurent Depoitre did not gain enough power with a header. Arsenal in a league of their own... pic.twitter.com/o0oP3Xxfbj— Charlie Eccleshare (@CDEccleshare) May 13, 2018 The result also meant that, at the eighth attempt, Arsenal did not maintain their unwanted record of being the only team in English football to collect just a point away from home in 2018. “I’m very proud, I’ve contributed a little bit,” Wenger said as he departed. “I’ve given some good moments to people who love the club. #classy #nicetouch Credit: Reuters “I don’t know what will stay or remain through the victories or defeats. I think what will remain is the formidable human aspect of the last 22 years – that is special, and I will cherish.” And rightly so. Plane truth: a banner for Arsene Credit: Getty 4:58PM Farewell, then, Arsene Wenger You were a brilliant manager and a good person. You transformed English football. You invented pasta. You produced a couple of amazing teams. You stayed too long. You have our thanks and our best wishes. And we now have a match report. Marouane Chamakh's hair mousse, Sumo wrestling and social anthropology - my time covering Arsene Wenger @JWTelegraphhttps://t.co/KkTKN00Ksr— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) May 13, 2018 4:57PM More banners! #classy #nicetouch Credit: Reuters 4:52PM Full time: Huddersfield 0 Arsenal 1 Arsene Wenger signs off with that rarest of commodities: an away win! Arsene Wenger bows down to Arsenal's travelling fans https://t.co/3CzXxUfDwDpic.twitter.com/ahnUinnfAn— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) May 13, 2018 4:51PM 90+ mins The ball is played in. A Huddersfield player gets a head on it, Ospina bravely gathers and gets a whack in the process. He's stopped it on the line. For a second there is a suggestion that it was over the line, but no. Bit of bad feeling from the players about the challenge on the keeper, and there's a booking. But it is no goal. 4:49PM 90+ mins We are going to have three minutes added. Arsenal fans singing about Arsene. It looks like we are going to have one final play... Huddersfield with a freekick 4:45PM 87 mins Hadergjonaj chests it through and Mooy unloads with a sizzling volley. It hits the bar. Why are you trying to ruin the boss' farewell, Aaron Mooy? �� The Huddersfield midfielder smashes one at goal... but thankfully it clips the bar on its way over#HTFCvAFC �� 0-1 ⚫️ (88) pic.twitter.com/WLGTlPpoFn— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 13, 2018 4:45PM 85 mins Dean Whitehead, who is retiring, comes on. Dean Whitehead makes way. 4:44PM 83 mins Xhaka nearly caps the Wenger era in unfitting fashion, but his long-range screamer goes wide. 4:39PM 81 mins Galloping run from Welbeck, but his decision making lets him down and he thumps the ball straight at the on-rushing keeper. 4:37PM 79 mins Mkhitaryan and Lacazette are through! Perfect ball from Mkhi, ut Lacazette tries to chip the keeper, and Lossl has read him like a comic. Easy grab in the end. 4:36PM 77 mins A corner into the box and that man Mounie has yet again got above his opponents. Cannot get the header on target. He goes down with cramp and, in fact, Wagner is now taking him off. Arsenal's defenders will be glad to see the back of him! 4:33PM 75 mins Ramsey and now Welbeck get chances to deliver balls in, but not able to find the pass. 4:30PM 72 mins Mounie now gets to work on Monreal. He's clattered in to him as they slide for the ball, and is now wrestling with him. 4:29PM 71 mins Arsene shuffles his pack for the last time. Maitland-Niles comes on, Iwobi off. 4:28PM 70 mins It is all Huddersfield, which isn't to say that Arsenal cannot do them on the break, but the pressure is all coming from the home side. They have a corner. Played short... back in... Mounie! No, that header is well wide. 4:25PM 66 mins Danny Welbeck and Nacho Monreal on. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Sead Kolasinac off. I guess Ospina is okay to carry on. He looks a bit sore. 4:24PM 65 mins Deep cross into the Arsenal box, Ospina gathers and gets clattered for his trouble. 4:23PM 64 mins Huddersfield really putting it up to Arsenal now. Mounie breaks, is fouled by Holding and advantage is played, not sure if it really helped their cause. 4:23PM 62 mins Hadergjonaj with an effort. 4:22PM 60 mins Tom Ince has run his race. Laurent Depoitre comes on. 4:17PM 59 mins Mooy with a nice crossfield switch, Pritchard with a reverse pass.... Ince runs onto the ball and cracks a low shot. Good save Ospina! 4:16PM 58 mins Rapier move from Arsenal makes Huddersfield look very lumpen. 4:15PM 57 mins Mooy has had a smack on the conker. There is some blood. 4:14PM 55 mins Huddersfield are clearly from the "if you don't buy a ticket..." school of thought. But they keep failing to hit the target. Alex Pritchard drills one over. 4:12PM 54 mins Ospina has hurt his foot/leg and is limping around gingerly. Ooh, fun! Will we see a lesser-spotted keeper? Matt Macey is the goalie on the bench. 4:10PM 52 mins Mounie attempts a bicycle kick. It is not a success. Florent Hadergjona has a go from the edge of the box. 4:10PM 51 mins Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang attempts to #turn #provider but crosses it straight into the keeper's arms. 4:07PM 48 mins Oh no, this is more familiar: individual error by Holding lets Mounie in. The bounce of the ball doesn't go in his favour. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang certainly has made a flying start to his PL career. Alan Shearer (Blackburn Rovers, 1992/93): 16 (12 goals, 4 assists) Micky Quinn (Coventry City, 1992/93): 16 (14 goals, 2 assists) Kevin Phillips (Sunderland, 1999/2000): 15 (13 goals, 2 assists) Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Arsenal, 2017/18): 14 (10 goals, 4 assists) Sergio Aguero (Manchester City, 2011/12): 14 (11 goals, 3 assists) Papiss Cisse (Newcastle United, 2011/12): 14 (13 goals, 1 assist) 4:05PM 47 mins Glory be, some muscular and competent defending from Arsenal! Mooy with a nice cross, Mounie is looking to get up but the Arsenal central defence block him off. 4:02PM 46 mins Second half is underway. What will it bring for Arsene and his team? 3:59PM A good day for fans of "nice touch". #nicetouch #nice #touch We're not crying, you are#MerciArsènepic.twitter.com/fjS2tbJUnz— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 13, 2018 3:58PM Tributes There was a sweet tribute to Arsene on 22 minutes (marking his 22 years) as both sets of fans rose to applaud. Fans asked him for a wave and he delivered. Arsene Wenger waves to the fans before the match Credit: Reuters 3:48PM Half time: Huddersfield 0 Arsenal 1 Arsene strides off to give his last half-time talk. A low-impact fixture, his side were a bit sloppy in the first 20, and Huddersfield had the better of it. The one moment of real forward quality came from Aubameyang, whose excellent movement took him into the six-yard box for a tap-in. 3:46PM Lingo bingo This "au revoir" and "merci" Arsene thing: he's been here 22 years. Wouldn't cheerio and cheers be better?— Paul Hayward (@_PaulHayward) May 13, 2018 3:46PM A nice gift from AW to his successor Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has become the fastest Arsenal player in history to reach 10 PL goals, taking him just 13 games to reach that tally. Congratulations, @Aubameyang7! #afcpic.twitter.com/25HTW3Piuq— afcstuff (@afcstuff) May 13, 2018 3:44PM 40 mins Arsenal looking a lot more confident now. HTFC had much the better of things in the first quarter. 3:39PM GOAL! Arsenal have scored And it is Aubameyang (38) YESSSSS AUBA!#HTFCvAFC �� 0-1 ⚫️ (38) pic.twitter.com/JC5H8JHfVI— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 13, 2018 Alexandre Lacazette slides it to Aaron Ramsey on the left. His low cross is on a silver plate for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who slots it away neatly. 3:35PM 33 mins This is a bit more like it! Passionate, aggressive sliding tackle from Terence Kongolo on Aubameyang, who was haring after a ball from Alex Iwobi. 3:33PM 31 mins Affable encounter, both sides happy to let each other take a touch and have a go at attacking. A bit like a game in the park after two cans. 3:31PM 28 mins Read an article by Sam Wallace earlier about players' wages. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang featured. Becoz eeez worf eeet. He really isn't. Anyhow. Here come Arsenal. Mkhi with lash at goal. Deflected for a corner. Arsenal's third such. Comes to nothing. 3:28PM 26 mins Arsenal go close. A corner, a flicked header, and Kolasinac stabs it wide at the back post. 3:25PM 22 mins Huddersfield fans: "You wanted him out, you wanted him out, you two-faced b*******, you wanted him out."#afc fans: "Herbert Chapman, he left 'cos you're s***."— James Olley (@JamesOlley) May 13, 2018 Applause from all corners of the ground to mark Wenger's 22 years. Pure class from #htafc fans, standing to applaud Wenger on 22 minutes, celebrating his 22 years at #afc. Whole stadium stands. Wenger steps from dug-out and waves his thanks.— Henry Winter (@henrywinter) May 13, 2018 Asked to "give us a wave", he does. Minute 22: the whole stadium rises as one to give the boss a standing ovation That's class from you, @htafcdotcom - thanks, we appreciate it ��#HTFCvAFC �� 0-0 ⚫️ (22) pic.twitter.com/egqQD3vAfV— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 13, 2018 3:21PM 19 mins Henrikh Mkhitaryan tries to get the freekick over the wall, but only manages to hit someone in the knee. A pathetic dead ball attempt. He wins an ill-deserved corner. That comes to little. 3:20PM 18 mins Arsenal break, but give it away. Now another break from the visitors. Sead Kolasinac , for some reason, decides he's going to try and beat the whole team. Chopped down on the edge of the area by Mathias Jorgensen. 3:18PM 14 mins Ince again! Another shot, this one wide. Arsenal haven't turned up at all and a team with better strikers than Huddersfield would be up by now. 3:15PM Plane speaking An airplane flies over the stadium with a message to Arsene Wenger Credit: Getty 3:14PM 10 mins Unless his spineless team wake up, old Mr W is going to be signing off with a defeat. They're getting opened up with ease here. Alex Pritchard gallopes onto a long ball. He clips it back for Ince, who should have done a lot better from 10 or so yards out. Wellied it over the bar. 3:10PM 9 mins Mounie, who is bullying these Arsenal boys, gets up for a header and crunches Mustafi. Delay while he gets attention. 3:09PM Thanks Fans hold up a Arsene Wenger banner Credit: Getty 3:07PM 5 mins A plane flies over the stadium with a 'Merci Arsene' banner. But the manager's attention is now focused on the Arsenal penalty area. A corner. Mounie again gets up above the defence. Heads it down at goal. Blocked. And a follow up! Christopher Schindler's struck that well, but Arsenal scramble clear. 3:04PM 3 mins But we have our first chance now, as Huddersfield get down the right. Cross in, Moune gets up, and he works the keeper with a header. 3:04PM 2 mins It's a happy occasion for the Huddersfield fans, able to go into the last day knowing that they will definitely be staying up. A friendly atmosphere so far. 3:02PM 1 mins Kick off. It's a nice day up in Hudders. 2:49PM Gifts aplenty �� Head Coach David Wagner presented Arsène Wenger with a special gift from #htafc ahead of today’s @premierleague match (AT) pic.twitter.com/AhIjPmbUtU— Huddersfield Town (@htafcdotcom) May 13, 2018 2:42PM Oh happy day Let's make sure we get our 716th and final win of the Wenger era#MerciArsènepic.twitter.com/5GSNIfNvXp— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 13, 2018 2:25PM It has finished 5-5 at Easter Road Just incredible. Right then. To business. 2:20PM Le Boss THE BOSS ❤️#MerciArsènepic.twitter.com/ThKzyCGKRw— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 13, 2018 2:18PM Brilliant piece on Arsene Wenger A generous, open-hearted article by a generous, open-hearted writer on a generous, open-hearted man. I commend this to you. Marouane Chamakh's hair mousse, Sumo wrestling and social anthropology - my time covering Arsene Wenger @JWTelegraphhttps://t.co/KkTKN00Ksr— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) May 13, 2018 2:12PM The age of Huddersfield For some reason, having not blogged Huddersfield all season, I have done them three times in a week. And what a week it has been for them: they went to Man City and Chelsea and got a point on both occasions, ensuring their Premier League status in the process. It's Wenger's 1235th and final match in charge of Arsenal Credit: Getty Images 2:10PM Those teams in full Huddersfield: Lossl, Hadergjonaj, Jorgensen, Schindler, Kongolo, Lowe, Pritchard, Mooy, Hogg, Ince, Mounie. Subs: Smith, Whitehead, Billing, Sabiri, Coleman, Depoitre, Stankovic. Arsenal: Ospina, Bellerin, Holding, Mustafi, Kolasinac, Iwobi, Xhaka, Ramsey, Mkhitaryan, Lacazette, Aubameyang. Subs: Mertesacker, Monreal, Welbeck, Maitland-Niles, Macey, Nketiah, Willock. Referee: Michael Oliver (Northumberland) 2:08PM If you'd like to keep abreast of the other action in the Premier League today, this is our live clockwatch megablog. 2:07PM The game of the season is currently on at Easter Road. Hibs 4 Rangers 5. Hibs were 3-0 up in 22 minutes. Rangers made it 3-3 by 40 minutes. Sensational entertainment. 2:03PM Huddersfield TEAM NEWS with @ViessmannUK: David Wagner has made four changes to #htafc’s starting XI for today’s @premierleague season-finale against @Arsenal. ➡️ @pritch_93, Tom Ince, Steve Mounié & @FloHadergjonaj ⬅️ Tommy Smith, @BillingPhilip, @vanlaparra17 & @laudepoitre (AT) pic.twitter.com/QnIJJKPn5n— Huddersfield Town (@htafcdotcom) May 13, 2018 2:02PM Arsenal team Here it is - our final starting XI under Arsène Wenger#MerciArsène#HTFCvAFCpic.twitter.com/eDuANvewsA— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 13, 2018 2:02PM Here come the teams for Arsene Wenger's last game. 2:01PM And Roma are also sending their best One year ago this month, there were many tears as #ASRoma fans said an emotional goodbye to @Totti after 25 years playing for his boyhood club. To coach the same team for 22 years is an incredible achievement. Good luck in your final game in charge of @Arsenal, Arsène Wenger. �� pic.twitter.com/9TPxyiEs6z— AS Roma English (@ASRomaEN) May 13, 2018 1:56PM Good afternoon Tyers here, happy to bring you news of the final day of the season, specifically Arsenal's trip to Huddersfield. The Terriers have given Arsene a generous welcome to the ground. What a nice reception for the boss ahead of his final game �� Fair play, @htafcdotcom ��#MerciArsènepic.twitter.com/iWfDrxrz9L— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 13, 2018 1:55PM Our preview What is it? It's the final game of the season for Huddersfield and Arsenal and, more significantly, the last in Arsene Wenger's 22-reign as Arsenal manager. When is it? It's on Sunday May 13 - ie today. What time is kick-off? It's a 3pm BST start. What TV channel is it on? It's not, unfortunately. Despite being Wenger's final game in charge of Arsenal, Sky Sports have opted to show the games at Liverpool and Newcastle instead. Arsenal fans wave farewell to Arsene Wenger at the Emirates - in pictures What is the team news? Huddersfield Town Huddersfield boss David Wagner will select from an unchanged squad for his side's last Premier League game of the season at home against Arsenal. Wagner has no new injuries following Wednesday night's draw at Chelsea, which secured them another season in the top flight. Tom Ince is hoping to feature after recovering from a hamstring injury, while Michael Hefele (knee), Elias Kachunga and Danny Williams (both ankle) remain sidelined. Provisional squad: Lossl, Kongolo, Schindler, Jorgensen, Hadergjonaj, Hogg, Mooy, Van La Parra, Pritchard, Ince, Quaner, Mounie, Malone, Depoitre, Billing, Coleman, Lowe, Smith. Arsenal Arsenal will be without the suspended Konstantinos Mavropanos for Arsene Wenger's final game as manager when the Gunners travel to Huddersfield on the last day of the Premier League season. The young defender was shown a straight red card in Wednesday's 3-1 loss at Leicester and will be forced to sit out the game in West Yorkshire having started the Gunners' last three league matches. Mesut Ozil (back), Mohamed Elneny (ankle), Laurent Koscielny and Santi Cazorla (both Achilles) are also missing but the likes of Alexandre Lacazette and Jack Wilshere could return after sitting out in midweek. Provisional squad: Cech, Ospina, Bellerin, Holding, Mustafi, Chambers, Mertesacker, Monreal, Nelson, Kolasinac, Maitland-Niles, Xhaka, Willock, Wilshere, Ramsey, Iwobi, Mkhitaryan, Welbeck, Lacazette, Nketiah, Aubameyang. What are they saying? David Wagner on Arsene Wenger "I can't imagine that this can happen again, so this only shows he has done something extraordinary," Wagner said. "Words don't describe enough how big this achievement is which he has done for his football club and football in this country. "I'm so happy that we are able to host him in his last Premier League game after 22 years, that we are able to host him in these circumstances, we really can give him all the honour and all the attention he deserves. "This is possible after our last result on Wednesday and we as a football club will do it. We have the biggest respect for what he has done and we're happy we play our last game against him." Best-priced accumulators | New customer offers Wenger on the Emirates "We had to do it," he said, when asked if he would take back the stadium move in exchange for trophies. "There is no club that can turn people who wanted to attend the game down. At the time I thought we were a bit too ambitious with 60,000 (capacity) but at the end of the day it worked," he said. "It's not really happened because other clubs have used outside resources. We had a double handicap. We had to pay back the debt and had to face the competition where clubs have even more resources than they usually have. "I believe Highbury had a special spirit. It's a cathedral, a church. You could smell the soul of every guy that played there. So it was special. It will always be special for me. "The Emirates for me was like buying a new house. It took us a while to feel at home there. It's a fantastic stadium - but there was something special at Highbury that you could never recreate when you build something new. What are the odds? Huddersfield 19/4 Arsenal - 4/7 Draw - 18/5 What's our prediction? Jason Burt: There is nothing riding on Arsene Wenger’s last match in charge of Arsenal except for one thing – can he really end the season as the only manager in English football not to gain any points away from home in 2018? Surely the Arsenal players will not let that happen while Huddersfield, safe from relegation, may still be on that party bus. Prediction: 1-3
Arsene Wenger signs off saying he 'had disagreements' with the fans: 'But we had one thing in common: we loved Arsenal FC'
To the end, there was dignity and, to use one of his favourite words, , humanity to Arsene Wenger as he bowed out,quite literally, as Arsenal manager after 22 years, 1,235 games and this, his 707th victory. One-nil to the Arsenal, in fact, although that was never a scoreline he cherished or that was associated with him. There was sentimentality, too – and why not as Wenger spoke of the appropriateness of Huddersfield Town being his final opponent in what otherwise was an inconsequential fixture? “Herbert Chapman, maybe our greatest manager, came from here,” Wenger said. “For me to come here on the last day had a special meaning when you know the history of our club. In fact, there was a photo just in front of the dressing room where Chapman smiled at me because he was on the photo.” Chapman smiling down on Wenger is certainly some romantic image, one that resonates powerfully for all Arsenal fans. Chapman was Huddersfield’s greatest manager, in their golden period in the 1920s when they won league titles, with three stars adorning their shirts, and were such a force in English football that he was poached by Arsenal and transformed them too. For 22 years, for 1,235 games, for 49, 49 undefeated, for 7 FA Cups, for 3 @PremierLeague titles, for two Doubles, for winning the league at Old Trafford and White Hart Lane, for Wengerball, for the Invincibles, for your total love and devotion, we want to say... #MerciArsène❤️ pic.twitter.com/xkRXjLAid2— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 13, 2018 Chapman revolutionised the role of the manager, making him more powerful in an era when decisions were made by committee. Privately, Wenger might ruefully consider the wheel is turning full circle away from his profession, given the nature of his departure, as he first walked past the bust of Chapman at the entrance to the John Smith Stadium, then the photograph before he took to the pitch to be met by a guard of honour. Before kick-off, Wenger strode towards the travelling Arsenal supporters and bowed to them, later saying it was a spontaneous act of appreciation. “We had disagreements, which I accept, but we had one thing in common: we loved Arsenal Football Club, and I wanted to share that with them,” he said. Thanks for the 22 years Credit: PA Wenger went to the away dug-out an hour before the game to get some “oxygen”. “It’s difficult to understand when you don’t know how deep the love is for the game [in England],” Wenger said. “It was a fantastic experience for me. Where do I go from there? That’s the difficulty. When you’ve experienced this intensity for such a long time, I don’t know where I go. I’ll remain a fan wherever I go.” Wenger will now look forward to the next phase of his career and his life. The 68-year-old has already divulged he has had many offers and confirmed that they included Premier League clubs. “Yes, I had offers, yes, of course,” he said, “but at the moment, I have not said anything to anybody. I came out of a long process and you cannot just the next morning go somewhere else. It’s impossible.” But could he manage against Arsenal? “I’m not ready for that at the moment,” Wenger said. “That would be very difficult, I’d stay at home that day. Maybe, I don’t envisage that at the moment. Maybe it’s better I go somewhere else.” He suggested that Arsenal are only “some additions” away from competing for the Premier League title. Although that may not only depend on how many is “some” but who manages them, one player who will be crucial to the future is surely Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. Arsene Wenger waves to the fans before the match Credit: Reuters Wenger’s final signing, if it was his decision, and most expensive ever signing scored the only goal, and it means he has struck 10 times in just 13 league games since he arrived in January for £56 million. The goal was also one that will have delighted Wenger as it was constructed through a slick passing move involving Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Alexandre Lacazette, with the latter sliding the ball through to Aaron Ramsey who prodded it across goal for Aubameyang to force home. Arsene Wenger's replacement at Arsenal That was tough on Huddersfield who should have scored through Steve Mounie, with a header, and Tom Ince, who ballooned over, but it did not detract from the celebratory atmosphere. However, there may be a pang of alarm from their supporters in the non-committal way manager David Wagner later spoke about his own future, having kept the club up against the odds. Fans hold up a Arsene Wenger banner Credit: Getty Club owner Dean Hoyle had taken to the pitch at half-time to suggest Wagner would stay, but the German later said simply that the chairman was putting “pressure” on himself with that declaration. Time will soon tell. THE BOSS ❤️#MerciArsènepic.twitter.com/ThKzyCGKRw— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 13, 2018 Huddersfield goalkeeper Jonas Lossl made smart saves from Lacazette and substitute Danny Welbeck while as they made most of the running, Huddersfield went closest when Aaron Mooy clipped the top of the cross-bar, and substitute Laurent Depoitre did not gain enough power with a header. Arsenal in a league of their own... pic.twitter.com/o0oP3Xxfbj— Charlie Eccleshare (@CDEccleshare) May 13, 2018 The result also meant that, at the eighth attempt, Arsenal did not maintain their unwanted record of being the only team in English football to collect just a point away from home in 2018. “I’m very proud, I’ve contributed a little bit,” Wenger said as he departed. “I’ve given some good moments to people who love the club. #classy #nicetouch Credit: Reuters “I don’t know what will stay or remain through the victories or defeats. I think what will remain is the formidable human aspect of the last 22 years – that is special, and I will cherish.” And rightly so. Plane truth: a banner for Arsene Credit: Getty 4:58PM Farewell, then, Arsene Wenger You were a brilliant manager and a good person. You transformed English football. You invented pasta. You produced a couple of amazing teams. You stayed too long. You have our thanks and our best wishes. And we now have a match report. Marouane Chamakh's hair mousse, Sumo wrestling and social anthropology - my time covering Arsene Wenger @JWTelegraphhttps://t.co/KkTKN00Ksr— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) May 13, 2018 4:57PM More banners! #classy #nicetouch Credit: Reuters 4:52PM Full time: Huddersfield 0 Arsenal 1 Arsene Wenger signs off with that rarest of commodities: an away win! Arsene Wenger bows down to Arsenal's travelling fans https://t.co/3CzXxUfDwDpic.twitter.com/ahnUinnfAn— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) May 13, 2018 4:51PM 90+ mins The ball is played in. A Huddersfield player gets a head on it, Ospina bravely gathers and gets a whack in the process. He's stopped it on the line. For a second there is a suggestion that it was over the line, but no. Bit of bad feeling from the players about the challenge on the keeper, and there's a booking. But it is no goal. 4:49PM 90+ mins We are going to have three minutes added. Arsenal fans singing about Arsene. It looks like we are going to have one final play... Huddersfield with a freekick 4:45PM 87 mins Hadergjonaj chests it through and Mooy unloads with a sizzling volley. It hits the bar. Why are you trying to ruin the boss' farewell, Aaron Mooy? �� The Huddersfield midfielder smashes one at goal... but thankfully it clips the bar on its way over#HTFCvAFC �� 0-1 ⚫️ (88) pic.twitter.com/WLGTlPpoFn— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 13, 2018 4:45PM 85 mins Dean Whitehead, who is retiring, comes on. Dean Whitehead makes way. 4:44PM 83 mins Xhaka nearly caps the Wenger era in unfitting fashion, but his long-range screamer goes wide. 4:39PM 81 mins Galloping run from Welbeck, but his decision making lets him down and he thumps the ball straight at the on-rushing keeper. 4:37PM 79 mins Mkhitaryan and Lacazette are through! Perfect ball from Mkhi, ut Lacazette tries to chip the keeper, and Lossl has read him like a comic. Easy grab in the end. 4:36PM 77 mins A corner into the box and that man Mounie has yet again got above his opponents. Cannot get the header on target. He goes down with cramp and, in fact, Wagner is now taking him off. Arsenal's defenders will be glad to see the back of him! 4:33PM 75 mins Ramsey and now Welbeck get chances to deliver balls in, but not able to find the pass. 4:30PM 72 mins Mounie now gets to work on Monreal. He's clattered in to him as they slide for the ball, and is now wrestling with him. 4:29PM 71 mins Arsene shuffles his pack for the last time. Maitland-Niles comes on, Iwobi off. 4:28PM 70 mins It is all Huddersfield, which isn't to say that Arsenal cannot do them on the break, but the pressure is all coming from the home side. They have a corner. Played short... back in... Mounie! No, that header is well wide. 4:25PM 66 mins Danny Welbeck and Nacho Monreal on. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Sead Kolasinac off. I guess Ospina is okay to carry on. He looks a bit sore. 4:24PM 65 mins Deep cross into the Arsenal box, Ospina gathers and gets clattered for his trouble. 4:23PM 64 mins Huddersfield really putting it up to Arsenal now. Mounie breaks, is fouled by Holding and advantage is played, not sure if it really helped their cause. 4:23PM 62 mins Hadergjonaj with an effort. 4:22PM 60 mins Tom Ince has run his race. Laurent Depoitre comes on. 4:17PM 59 mins Mooy with a nice crossfield switch, Pritchard with a reverse pass.... Ince runs onto the ball and cracks a low shot. Good save Ospina! 4:16PM 58 mins Rapier move from Arsenal makes Huddersfield look very lumpen. 4:15PM 57 mins Mooy has had a smack on the conker. There is some blood. 4:14PM 55 mins Huddersfield are clearly from the "if you don't buy a ticket..." school of thought. But they keep failing to hit the target. Alex Pritchard drills one over. 4:12PM 54 mins Ospina has hurt his foot/leg and is limping around gingerly. Ooh, fun! Will we see a lesser-spotted keeper? Matt Macey is the goalie on the bench. 4:10PM 52 mins Mounie attempts a bicycle kick. It is not a success. Florent Hadergjona has a go from the edge of the box. 4:10PM 51 mins Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang attempts to #turn #provider but crosses it straight into the keeper's arms. 4:07PM 48 mins Oh no, this is more familiar: individual error by Holding lets Mounie in. The bounce of the ball doesn't go in his favour. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang certainly has made a flying start to his PL career. Alan Shearer (Blackburn Rovers, 1992/93): 16 (12 goals, 4 assists) Micky Quinn (Coventry City, 1992/93): 16 (14 goals, 2 assists) Kevin Phillips (Sunderland, 1999/2000): 15 (13 goals, 2 assists) Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Arsenal, 2017/18): 14 (10 goals, 4 assists) Sergio Aguero (Manchester City, 2011/12): 14 (11 goals, 3 assists) Papiss Cisse (Newcastle United, 2011/12): 14 (13 goals, 1 assist) 4:05PM 47 mins Glory be, some muscular and competent defending from Arsenal! Mooy with a nice cross, Mounie is looking to get up but the Arsenal central defence block him off. 4:02PM 46 mins Second half is underway. What will it bring for Arsene and his team? 3:59PM A good day for fans of "nice touch". #nicetouch #nice #touch We're not crying, you are#MerciArsènepic.twitter.com/fjS2tbJUnz— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 13, 2018 3:58PM Tributes There was a sweet tribute to Arsene on 22 minutes (marking his 22 years) as both sets of fans rose to applaud. Fans asked him for a wave and he delivered. Arsene Wenger waves to the fans before the match Credit: Reuters 3:48PM Half time: Huddersfield 0 Arsenal 1 Arsene strides off to give his last half-time talk. A low-impact fixture, his side were a bit sloppy in the first 20, and Huddersfield had the better of it. The one moment of real forward quality came from Aubameyang, whose excellent movement took him into the six-yard box for a tap-in. 3:46PM Lingo bingo This "au revoir" and "merci" Arsene thing: he's been here 22 years. Wouldn't cheerio and cheers be better?— Paul Hayward (@_PaulHayward) May 13, 2018 3:46PM A nice gift from AW to his successor Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has become the fastest Arsenal player in history to reach 10 PL goals, taking him just 13 games to reach that tally. Congratulations, @Aubameyang7! #afcpic.twitter.com/25HTW3Piuq— afcstuff (@afcstuff) May 13, 2018 3:44PM 40 mins Arsenal looking a lot more confident now. HTFC had much the better of things in the first quarter. 3:39PM GOAL! Arsenal have scored And it is Aubameyang (38) YESSSSS AUBA!#HTFCvAFC �� 0-1 ⚫️ (38) pic.twitter.com/JC5H8JHfVI— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 13, 2018 Alexandre Lacazette slides it to Aaron Ramsey on the left. His low cross is on a silver plate for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who slots it away neatly. 3:35PM 33 mins This is a bit more like it! Passionate, aggressive sliding tackle from Terence Kongolo on Aubameyang, who was haring after a ball from Alex Iwobi. 3:33PM 31 mins Affable encounter, both sides happy to let each other take a touch and have a go at attacking. A bit like a game in the park after two cans. 3:31PM 28 mins Read an article by Sam Wallace earlier about players' wages. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang featured. Becoz eeez worf eeet. He really isn't. Anyhow. Here come Arsenal. Mkhi with lash at goal. Deflected for a corner. Arsenal's third such. Comes to nothing. 3:28PM 26 mins Arsenal go close. A corner, a flicked header, and Kolasinac stabs it wide at the back post. 3:25PM 22 mins Huddersfield fans: "You wanted him out, you wanted him out, you two-faced b*******, you wanted him out."#afc fans: "Herbert Chapman, he left 'cos you're s***."— James Olley (@JamesOlley) May 13, 2018 Applause from all corners of the ground to mark Wenger's 22 years. Pure class from #htafc fans, standing to applaud Wenger on 22 minutes, celebrating his 22 years at #afc. Whole stadium stands. Wenger steps from dug-out and waves his thanks.— Henry Winter (@henrywinter) May 13, 2018 Asked to "give us a wave", he does. Minute 22: the whole stadium rises as one to give the boss a standing ovation That's class from you, @htafcdotcom - thanks, we appreciate it ��#HTFCvAFC �� 0-0 ⚫️ (22) pic.twitter.com/egqQD3vAfV— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 13, 2018 3:21PM 19 mins Henrikh Mkhitaryan tries to get the freekick over the wall, but only manages to hit someone in the knee. A pathetic dead ball attempt. He wins an ill-deserved corner. That comes to little. 3:20PM 18 mins Arsenal break, but give it away. Now another break from the visitors. Sead Kolasinac , for some reason, decides he's going to try and beat the whole team. Chopped down on the edge of the area by Mathias Jorgensen. 3:18PM 14 mins Ince again! Another shot, this one wide. Arsenal haven't turned up at all and a team with better strikers than Huddersfield would be up by now. 3:15PM Plane speaking An airplane flies over the stadium with a message to Arsene Wenger Credit: Getty 3:14PM 10 mins Unless his spineless team wake up, old Mr W is going to be signing off with a defeat. They're getting opened up with ease here. Alex Pritchard gallopes onto a long ball. He clips it back for Ince, who should have done a lot better from 10 or so yards out. Wellied it over the bar. 3:10PM 9 mins Mounie, who is bullying these Arsenal boys, gets up for a header and crunches Mustafi. Delay while he gets attention. 3:09PM Thanks Fans hold up a Arsene Wenger banner Credit: Getty 3:07PM 5 mins A plane flies over the stadium with a 'Merci Arsene' banner. But the manager's attention is now focused on the Arsenal penalty area. A corner. Mounie again gets up above the defence. Heads it down at goal. Blocked. And a follow up! Christopher Schindler's struck that well, but Arsenal scramble clear. 3:04PM 3 mins But we have our first chance now, as Huddersfield get down the right. Cross in, Moune gets up, and he works the keeper with a header. 3:04PM 2 mins It's a happy occasion for the Huddersfield fans, able to go into the last day knowing that they will definitely be staying up. A friendly atmosphere so far. 3:02PM 1 mins Kick off. It's a nice day up in Hudders. 2:49PM Gifts aplenty �� Head Coach David Wagner presented Arsène Wenger with a special gift from #htafc ahead of today’s @premierleague match (AT) pic.twitter.com/AhIjPmbUtU— Huddersfield Town (@htafcdotcom) May 13, 2018 2:42PM Oh happy day Let's make sure we get our 716th and final win of the Wenger era#MerciArsènepic.twitter.com/5GSNIfNvXp— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 13, 2018 2:25PM It has finished 5-5 at Easter Road Just incredible. Right then. To business. 2:20PM Le Boss THE BOSS ❤️#MerciArsènepic.twitter.com/ThKzyCGKRw— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 13, 2018 2:18PM Brilliant piece on Arsene Wenger A generous, open-hearted article by a generous, open-hearted writer on a generous, open-hearted man. I commend this to you. Marouane Chamakh's hair mousse, Sumo wrestling and social anthropology - my time covering Arsene Wenger @JWTelegraphhttps://t.co/KkTKN00Ksr— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) May 13, 2018 2:12PM The age of Huddersfield For some reason, having not blogged Huddersfield all season, I have done them three times in a week. And what a week it has been for them: they went to Man City and Chelsea and got a point on both occasions, ensuring their Premier League status in the process. It's Wenger's 1235th and final match in charge of Arsenal Credit: Getty Images 2:10PM Those teams in full Huddersfield: Lossl, Hadergjonaj, Jorgensen, Schindler, Kongolo, Lowe, Pritchard, Mooy, Hogg, Ince, Mounie. Subs: Smith, Whitehead, Billing, Sabiri, Coleman, Depoitre, Stankovic. Arsenal: Ospina, Bellerin, Holding, Mustafi, Kolasinac, Iwobi, Xhaka, Ramsey, Mkhitaryan, Lacazette, Aubameyang. Subs: Mertesacker, Monreal, Welbeck, Maitland-Niles, Macey, Nketiah, Willock. Referee: Michael Oliver (Northumberland) 2:08PM If you'd like to keep abreast of the other action in the Premier League today, this is our live clockwatch megablog. 2:07PM The game of the season is currently on at Easter Road. Hibs 4 Rangers 5. Hibs were 3-0 up in 22 minutes. Rangers made it 3-3 by 40 minutes. Sensational entertainment. 2:03PM Huddersfield TEAM NEWS with @ViessmannUK: David Wagner has made four changes to #htafc’s starting XI for today’s @premierleague season-finale against @Arsenal. ➡️ @pritch_93, Tom Ince, Steve Mounié & @FloHadergjonaj ⬅️ Tommy Smith, @BillingPhilip, @vanlaparra17 & @laudepoitre (AT) pic.twitter.com/QnIJJKPn5n— Huddersfield Town (@htafcdotcom) May 13, 2018 2:02PM Arsenal team Here it is - our final starting XI under Arsène Wenger#MerciArsène#HTFCvAFCpic.twitter.com/eDuANvewsA— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 13, 2018 2:02PM Here come the teams for Arsene Wenger's last game. 2:01PM And Roma are also sending their best One year ago this month, there were many tears as #ASRoma fans said an emotional goodbye to @Totti after 25 years playing for his boyhood club. To coach the same team for 22 years is an incredible achievement. Good luck in your final game in charge of @Arsenal, Arsène Wenger. �� pic.twitter.com/9TPxyiEs6z— AS Roma English (@ASRomaEN) May 13, 2018 1:56PM Good afternoon Tyers here, happy to bring you news of the final day of the season, specifically Arsenal's trip to Huddersfield. The Terriers have given Arsene a generous welcome to the ground. What a nice reception for the boss ahead of his final game �� Fair play, @htafcdotcom ��#MerciArsènepic.twitter.com/iWfDrxrz9L— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 13, 2018 1:55PM Our preview What is it? It's the final game of the season for Huddersfield and Arsenal and, more significantly, the last in Arsene Wenger's 22-reign as Arsenal manager. When is it? It's on Sunday May 13 - ie today. What time is kick-off? It's a 3pm BST start. What TV channel is it on? It's not, unfortunately. Despite being Wenger's final game in charge of Arsenal, Sky Sports have opted to show the games at Liverpool and Newcastle instead. Arsenal fans wave farewell to Arsene Wenger at the Emirates - in pictures What is the team news? Huddersfield Town Huddersfield boss David Wagner will select from an unchanged squad for his side's last Premier League game of the season at home against Arsenal. Wagner has no new injuries following Wednesday night's draw at Chelsea, which secured them another season in the top flight. Tom Ince is hoping to feature after recovering from a hamstring injury, while Michael Hefele (knee), Elias Kachunga and Danny Williams (both ankle) remain sidelined. Provisional squad: Lossl, Kongolo, Schindler, Jorgensen, Hadergjonaj, Hogg, Mooy, Van La Parra, Pritchard, Ince, Quaner, Mounie, Malone, Depoitre, Billing, Coleman, Lowe, Smith. Arsenal Arsenal will be without the suspended Konstantinos Mavropanos for Arsene Wenger's final game as manager when the Gunners travel to Huddersfield on the last day of the Premier League season. The young defender was shown a straight red card in Wednesday's 3-1 loss at Leicester and will be forced to sit out the game in West Yorkshire having started the Gunners' last three league matches. Mesut Ozil (back), Mohamed Elneny (ankle), Laurent Koscielny and Santi Cazorla (both Achilles) are also missing but the likes of Alexandre Lacazette and Jack Wilshere could return after sitting out in midweek. Provisional squad: Cech, Ospina, Bellerin, Holding, Mustafi, Chambers, Mertesacker, Monreal, Nelson, Kolasinac, Maitland-Niles, Xhaka, Willock, Wilshere, Ramsey, Iwobi, Mkhitaryan, Welbeck, Lacazette, Nketiah, Aubameyang. What are they saying? David Wagner on Arsene Wenger "I can't imagine that this can happen again, so this only shows he has done something extraordinary," Wagner said. "Words don't describe enough how big this achievement is which he has done for his football club and football in this country. "I'm so happy that we are able to host him in his last Premier League game after 22 years, that we are able to host him in these circumstances, we really can give him all the honour and all the attention he deserves. "This is possible after our last result on Wednesday and we as a football club will do it. We have the biggest respect for what he has done and we're happy we play our last game against him." Best-priced accumulators | New customer offers Wenger on the Emirates "We had to do it," he said, when asked if he would take back the stadium move in exchange for trophies. "There is no club that can turn people who wanted to attend the game down. At the time I thought we were a bit too ambitious with 60,000 (capacity) but at the end of the day it worked," he said. "It's not really happened because other clubs have used outside resources. We had a double handicap. We had to pay back the debt and had to face the competition where clubs have even more resources than they usually have. "I believe Highbury had a special spirit. It's a cathedral, a church. You could smell the soul of every guy that played there. So it was special. It will always be special for me. "The Emirates for me was like buying a new house. It took us a while to feel at home there. It's a fantastic stadium - but there was something special at Highbury that you could never recreate when you build something new. What are the odds? Huddersfield 19/4 Arsenal - 4/7 Draw - 18/5 What's our prediction? Jason Burt: There is nothing riding on Arsene Wenger’s last match in charge of Arsenal except for one thing – can he really end the season as the only manager in English football not to gain any points away from home in 2018? Surely the Arsenal players will not let that happen while Huddersfield, safe from relegation, may still be on that party bus. Prediction: 1-3
To the end, there was dignity and, to use one of his favourite words, , humanity to Arsene Wenger as he bowed out,quite literally, as Arsenal manager after 22 years, 1,235 games and this, his 707th victory. One-nil to the Arsenal, in fact, although that was never a scoreline he cherished or that was associated with him. There was sentimentality, too – and why not as Wenger spoke of the appropriateness of Huddersfield Town being his final opponent in what otherwise was an inconsequential fixture? “Herbert Chapman, maybe our greatest manager, came from here,” Wenger said. “For me to come here on the last day had a special meaning when you know the history of our club. In fact, there was a photo just in front of the dressing room where Chapman smiled at me because he was on the photo.” Chapman smiling down on Wenger is certainly some romantic image, one that resonates powerfully for all Arsenal fans. Chapman was Huddersfield’s greatest manager, in their golden period in the 1920s when they won league titles, with three stars adorning their shirts, and were such a force in English football that he was poached by Arsenal and transformed them too. For 22 years, for 1,235 games, for 49, 49 undefeated, for 7 FA Cups, for 3 @PremierLeague titles, for two Doubles, for winning the league at Old Trafford and White Hart Lane, for Wengerball, for the Invincibles, for your total love and devotion, we want to say... #MerciArsène❤️ pic.twitter.com/xkRXjLAid2— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 13, 2018 Chapman revolutionised the role of the manager, making him more powerful in an era when decisions were made by committee. Privately, Wenger might ruefully consider the wheel is turning full circle away from his profession, given the nature of his departure, as he first walked past the bust of Chapman at the entrance to the John Smith Stadium, then the photograph before he took to the pitch to be met by a guard of honour. Before kick-off, Wenger strode towards the travelling Arsenal supporters and bowed to them, later saying it was a spontaneous act of appreciation. “We had disagreements, which I accept, but we had one thing in common: we loved Arsenal Football Club, and I wanted to share that with them,” he said. Thanks for the 22 years Credit: PA Wenger went to the away dug-out an hour before the game to get some “oxygen”. “It’s difficult to understand when you don’t know how deep the love is for the game [in England],” Wenger said. “It was a fantastic experience for me. Where do I go from there? That’s the difficulty. When you’ve experienced this intensity for such a long time, I don’t know where I go. I’ll remain a fan wherever I go.” Wenger will now look forward to the next phase of his career and his life. The 68-year-old has already divulged he has had many offers and confirmed that they included Premier League clubs. “Yes, I had offers, yes, of course,” he said, “but at the moment, I have not said anything to anybody. I came out of a long process and you cannot just the next morning go somewhere else. It’s impossible.” But could he manage against Arsenal? “I’m not ready for that at the moment,” Wenger said. “That would be very difficult, I’d stay at home that day. Maybe, I don’t envisage that at the moment. Maybe it’s better I go somewhere else.” He suggested that Arsenal are only “some additions” away from competing for the Premier League title. Although that may not only depend on how many is “some” but who manages them, one player who will be crucial to the future is surely Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. Arsene Wenger waves to the fans before the match Credit: Reuters Wenger’s final signing, if it was his decision, and most expensive ever signing scored the only goal, and it means he has struck 10 times in just 13 league games since he arrived in January for £56 million. The goal was also one that will have delighted Wenger as it was constructed through a slick passing move involving Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Alexandre Lacazette, with the latter sliding the ball through to Aaron Ramsey who prodded it across goal for Aubameyang to force home. Arsene Wenger's replacement at Arsenal That was tough on Huddersfield who should have scored through Steve Mounie, with a header, and Tom Ince, who ballooned over, but it did not detract from the celebratory atmosphere. However, there may be a pang of alarm from their supporters in the non-committal way manager David Wagner later spoke about his own future, having kept the club up against the odds. Fans hold up a Arsene Wenger banner Credit: Getty Club owner Dean Hoyle had taken to the pitch at half-time to suggest Wagner would stay, but the German later said simply that the chairman was putting “pressure” on himself with that declaration. Time will soon tell. THE BOSS ❤️#MerciArsènepic.twitter.com/ThKzyCGKRw— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 13, 2018 Huddersfield goalkeeper Jonas Lossl made smart saves from Lacazette and substitute Danny Welbeck while as they made most of the running, Huddersfield went closest when Aaron Mooy clipped the top of the cross-bar, and substitute Laurent Depoitre did not gain enough power with a header. Arsenal in a league of their own... pic.twitter.com/o0oP3Xxfbj— Charlie Eccleshare (@CDEccleshare) May 13, 2018 The result also meant that, at the eighth attempt, Arsenal did not maintain their unwanted record of being the only team in English football to collect just a point away from home in 2018. “I’m very proud, I’ve contributed a little bit,” Wenger said as he departed. “I’ve given some good moments to people who love the club. #classy #nicetouch Credit: Reuters “I don’t know what will stay or remain through the victories or defeats. I think what will remain is the formidable human aspect of the last 22 years – that is special, and I will cherish.” And rightly so. Plane truth: a banner for Arsene Credit: Getty 4:58PM Farewell, then, Arsene Wenger You were a brilliant manager and a good person. You transformed English football. You invented pasta. You produced a couple of amazing teams. You stayed too long. You have our thanks and our best wishes. And we now have a match report. Marouane Chamakh's hair mousse, Sumo wrestling and social anthropology - my time covering Arsene Wenger @JWTelegraphhttps://t.co/KkTKN00Ksr— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) May 13, 2018 4:57PM More banners! #classy #nicetouch Credit: Reuters 4:52PM Full time: Huddersfield 0 Arsenal 1 Arsene Wenger signs off with that rarest of commodities: an away win! Arsene Wenger bows down to Arsenal's travelling fans https://t.co/3CzXxUfDwDpic.twitter.com/ahnUinnfAn— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) May 13, 2018 4:51PM 90+ mins The ball is played in. A Huddersfield player gets a head on it, Ospina bravely gathers and gets a whack in the process. He's stopped it on the line. For a second there is a suggestion that it was over the line, but no. Bit of bad feeling from the players about the challenge on the keeper, and there's a booking. But it is no goal. 4:49PM 90+ mins We are going to have three minutes added. Arsenal fans singing about Arsene. It looks like we are going to have one final play... Huddersfield with a freekick 4:45PM 87 mins Hadergjonaj chests it through and Mooy unloads with a sizzling volley. It hits the bar. Why are you trying to ruin the boss' farewell, Aaron Mooy? �� The Huddersfield midfielder smashes one at goal... but thankfully it clips the bar on its way over#HTFCvAFC �� 0-1 ⚫️ (88) pic.twitter.com/WLGTlPpoFn— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 13, 2018 4:45PM 85 mins Dean Whitehead, who is retiring, comes on. Dean Whitehead makes way. 4:44PM 83 mins Xhaka nearly caps the Wenger era in unfitting fashion, but his long-range screamer goes wide. 4:39PM 81 mins Galloping run from Welbeck, but his decision making lets him down and he thumps the ball straight at the on-rushing keeper. 4:37PM 79 mins Mkhitaryan and Lacazette are through! Perfect ball from Mkhi, ut Lacazette tries to chip the keeper, and Lossl has read him like a comic. Easy grab in the end. 4:36PM 77 mins A corner into the box and that man Mounie has yet again got above his opponents. Cannot get the header on target. He goes down with cramp and, in fact, Wagner is now taking him off. Arsenal's defenders will be glad to see the back of him! 4:33PM 75 mins Ramsey and now Welbeck get chances to deliver balls in, but not able to find the pass. 4:30PM 72 mins Mounie now gets to work on Monreal. He's clattered in to him as they slide for the ball, and is now wrestling with him. 4:29PM 71 mins Arsene shuffles his pack for the last time. Maitland-Niles comes on, Iwobi off. 4:28PM 70 mins It is all Huddersfield, which isn't to say that Arsenal cannot do them on the break, but the pressure is all coming from the home side. They have a corner. Played short... back in... Mounie! No, that header is well wide. 4:25PM 66 mins Danny Welbeck and Nacho Monreal on. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Sead Kolasinac off. I guess Ospina is okay to carry on. He looks a bit sore. 4:24PM 65 mins Deep cross into the Arsenal box, Ospina gathers and gets clattered for his trouble. 4:23PM 64 mins Huddersfield really putting it up to Arsenal now. Mounie breaks, is fouled by Holding and advantage is played, not sure if it really helped their cause. 4:23PM 62 mins Hadergjonaj with an effort. 4:22PM 60 mins Tom Ince has run his race. Laurent Depoitre comes on. 4:17PM 59 mins Mooy with a nice crossfield switch, Pritchard with a reverse pass.... Ince runs onto the ball and cracks a low shot. Good save Ospina! 4:16PM 58 mins Rapier move from Arsenal makes Huddersfield look very lumpen. 4:15PM 57 mins Mooy has had a smack on the conker. There is some blood. 4:14PM 55 mins Huddersfield are clearly from the "if you don't buy a ticket..." school of thought. But they keep failing to hit the target. Alex Pritchard drills one over. 4:12PM 54 mins Ospina has hurt his foot/leg and is limping around gingerly. Ooh, fun! Will we see a lesser-spotted keeper? Matt Macey is the goalie on the bench. 4:10PM 52 mins Mounie attempts a bicycle kick. It is not a success. Florent Hadergjona has a go from the edge of the box. 4:10PM 51 mins Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang attempts to #turn #provider but crosses it straight into the keeper's arms. 4:07PM 48 mins Oh no, this is more familiar: individual error by Holding lets Mounie in. The bounce of the ball doesn't go in his favour. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang certainly has made a flying start to his PL career. Alan Shearer (Blackburn Rovers, 1992/93): 16 (12 goals, 4 assists) Micky Quinn (Coventry City, 1992/93): 16 (14 goals, 2 assists) Kevin Phillips (Sunderland, 1999/2000): 15 (13 goals, 2 assists) Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Arsenal, 2017/18): 14 (10 goals, 4 assists) Sergio Aguero (Manchester City, 2011/12): 14 (11 goals, 3 assists) Papiss Cisse (Newcastle United, 2011/12): 14 (13 goals, 1 assist) 4:05PM 47 mins Glory be, some muscular and competent defending from Arsenal! Mooy with a nice cross, Mounie is looking to get up but the Arsenal central defence block him off. 4:02PM 46 mins Second half is underway. What will it bring for Arsene and his team? 3:59PM A good day for fans of "nice touch". #nicetouch #nice #touch We're not crying, you are#MerciArsènepic.twitter.com/fjS2tbJUnz— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 13, 2018 3:58PM Tributes There was a sweet tribute to Arsene on 22 minutes (marking his 22 years) as both sets of fans rose to applaud. Fans asked him for a wave and he delivered. Arsene Wenger waves to the fans before the match Credit: Reuters 3:48PM Half time: Huddersfield 0 Arsenal 1 Arsene strides off to give his last half-time talk. A low-impact fixture, his side were a bit sloppy in the first 20, and Huddersfield had the better of it. The one moment of real forward quality came from Aubameyang, whose excellent movement took him into the six-yard box for a tap-in. 3:46PM Lingo bingo This "au revoir" and "merci" Arsene thing: he's been here 22 years. Wouldn't cheerio and cheers be better?— Paul Hayward (@_PaulHayward) May 13, 2018 3:46PM A nice gift from AW to his successor Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has become the fastest Arsenal player in history to reach 10 PL goals, taking him just 13 games to reach that tally. Congratulations, @Aubameyang7! #afcpic.twitter.com/25HTW3Piuq— afcstuff (@afcstuff) May 13, 2018 3:44PM 40 mins Arsenal looking a lot more confident now. HTFC had much the better of things in the first quarter. 3:39PM GOAL! Arsenal have scored And it is Aubameyang (38) YESSSSS AUBA!#HTFCvAFC �� 0-1 ⚫️ (38) pic.twitter.com/JC5H8JHfVI— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 13, 2018 Alexandre Lacazette slides it to Aaron Ramsey on the left. His low cross is on a silver plate for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who slots it away neatly. 3:35PM 33 mins This is a bit more like it! Passionate, aggressive sliding tackle from Terence Kongolo on Aubameyang, who was haring after a ball from Alex Iwobi. 3:33PM 31 mins Affable encounter, both sides happy to let each other take a touch and have a go at attacking. A bit like a game in the park after two cans. 3:31PM 28 mins Read an article by Sam Wallace earlier about players' wages. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang featured. Becoz eeez worf eeet. He really isn't. Anyhow. Here come Arsenal. Mkhi with lash at goal. Deflected for a corner. Arsenal's third such. Comes to nothing. 3:28PM 26 mins Arsenal go close. A corner, a flicked header, and Kolasinac stabs it wide at the back post. 3:25PM 22 mins Huddersfield fans: "You wanted him out, you wanted him out, you two-faced b*******, you wanted him out."#afc fans: "Herbert Chapman, he left 'cos you're s***."— James Olley (@JamesOlley) May 13, 2018 Applause from all corners of the ground to mark Wenger's 22 years. Pure class from #htafc fans, standing to applaud Wenger on 22 minutes, celebrating his 22 years at #afc. Whole stadium stands. Wenger steps from dug-out and waves his thanks.— Henry Winter (@henrywinter) May 13, 2018 Asked to "give us a wave", he does. Minute 22: the whole stadium rises as one to give the boss a standing ovation That's class from you, @htafcdotcom - thanks, we appreciate it ��#HTFCvAFC �� 0-0 ⚫️ (22) pic.twitter.com/egqQD3vAfV— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 13, 2018 3:21PM 19 mins Henrikh Mkhitaryan tries to get the freekick over the wall, but only manages to hit someone in the knee. A pathetic dead ball attempt. He wins an ill-deserved corner. That comes to little. 3:20PM 18 mins Arsenal break, but give it away. Now another break from the visitors. Sead Kolasinac , for some reason, decides he's going to try and beat the whole team. Chopped down on the edge of the area by Mathias Jorgensen. 3:18PM 14 mins Ince again! Another shot, this one wide. Arsenal haven't turned up at all and a team with better strikers than Huddersfield would be up by now. 3:15PM Plane speaking An airplane flies over the stadium with a message to Arsene Wenger Credit: Getty 3:14PM 10 mins Unless his spineless team wake up, old Mr W is going to be signing off with a defeat. They're getting opened up with ease here. Alex Pritchard gallopes onto a long ball. He clips it back for Ince, who should have done a lot better from 10 or so yards out. Wellied it over the bar. 3:10PM 9 mins Mounie, who is bullying these Arsenal boys, gets up for a header and crunches Mustafi. Delay while he gets attention. 3:09PM Thanks Fans hold up a Arsene Wenger banner Credit: Getty 3:07PM 5 mins A plane flies over the stadium with a 'Merci Arsene' banner. But the manager's attention is now focused on the Arsenal penalty area. A corner. Mounie again gets up above the defence. Heads it down at goal. Blocked. And a follow up! Christopher Schindler's struck that well, but Arsenal scramble clear. 3:04PM 3 mins But we have our first chance now, as Huddersfield get down the right. Cross in, Moune gets up, and he works the keeper with a header. 3:04PM 2 mins It's a happy occasion for the Huddersfield fans, able to go into the last day knowing that they will definitely be staying up. A friendly atmosphere so far. 3:02PM 1 mins Kick off. It's a nice day up in Hudders. 2:49PM Gifts aplenty �� Head Coach David Wagner presented Arsène Wenger with a special gift from #htafc ahead of today’s @premierleague match (AT) pic.twitter.com/AhIjPmbUtU— Huddersfield Town (@htafcdotcom) May 13, 2018 2:42PM Oh happy day Let's make sure we get our 716th and final win of the Wenger era#MerciArsènepic.twitter.com/5GSNIfNvXp— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 13, 2018 2:25PM It has finished 5-5 at Easter Road Just incredible. Right then. To business. 2:20PM Le Boss THE BOSS ❤️#MerciArsènepic.twitter.com/ThKzyCGKRw— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 13, 2018 2:18PM Brilliant piece on Arsene Wenger A generous, open-hearted article by a generous, open-hearted writer on a generous, open-hearted man. I commend this to you. Marouane Chamakh's hair mousse, Sumo wrestling and social anthropology - my time covering Arsene Wenger @JWTelegraphhttps://t.co/KkTKN00Ksr— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) May 13, 2018 2:12PM The age of Huddersfield For some reason, having not blogged Huddersfield all season, I have done them three times in a week. And what a week it has been for them: they went to Man City and Chelsea and got a point on both occasions, ensuring their Premier League status in the process. It's Wenger's 1235th and final match in charge of Arsenal Credit: Getty Images 2:10PM Those teams in full Huddersfield: Lossl, Hadergjonaj, Jorgensen, Schindler, Kongolo, Lowe, Pritchard, Mooy, Hogg, Ince, Mounie. Subs: Smith, Whitehead, Billing, Sabiri, Coleman, Depoitre, Stankovic. Arsenal: Ospina, Bellerin, Holding, Mustafi, Kolasinac, Iwobi, Xhaka, Ramsey, Mkhitaryan, Lacazette, Aubameyang. Subs: Mertesacker, Monreal, Welbeck, Maitland-Niles, Macey, Nketiah, Willock. Referee: Michael Oliver (Northumberland) 2:08PM If you'd like to keep abreast of the other action in the Premier League today, this is our live clockwatch megablog. 2:07PM The game of the season is currently on at Easter Road. Hibs 4 Rangers 5. Hibs were 3-0 up in 22 minutes. Rangers made it 3-3 by 40 minutes. Sensational entertainment. 2:03PM Huddersfield TEAM NEWS with @ViessmannUK: David Wagner has made four changes to #htafc’s starting XI for today’s @premierleague season-finale against @Arsenal. ➡️ @pritch_93, Tom Ince, Steve Mounié & @FloHadergjonaj ⬅️ Tommy Smith, @BillingPhilip, @vanlaparra17 & @laudepoitre (AT) pic.twitter.com/QnIJJKPn5n— Huddersfield Town (@htafcdotcom) May 13, 2018 2:02PM Arsenal team Here it is - our final starting XI under Arsène Wenger#MerciArsène#HTFCvAFCpic.twitter.com/eDuANvewsA— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 13, 2018 2:02PM Here come the teams for Arsene Wenger's last game. 2:01PM And Roma are also sending their best One year ago this month, there were many tears as #ASRoma fans said an emotional goodbye to @Totti after 25 years playing for his boyhood club. To coach the same team for 22 years is an incredible achievement. Good luck in your final game in charge of @Arsenal, Arsène Wenger. �� pic.twitter.com/9TPxyiEs6z— AS Roma English (@ASRomaEN) May 13, 2018 1:56PM Good afternoon Tyers here, happy to bring you news of the final day of the season, specifically Arsenal's trip to Huddersfield. The Terriers have given Arsene a generous welcome to the ground. What a nice reception for the boss ahead of his final game �� Fair play, @htafcdotcom ��#MerciArsènepic.twitter.com/iWfDrxrz9L— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 13, 2018 1:55PM Our preview What is it? It's the final game of the season for Huddersfield and Arsenal and, more significantly, the last in Arsene Wenger's 22-reign as Arsenal manager. When is it? It's on Sunday May 13 - ie today. What time is kick-off? It's a 3pm BST start. What TV channel is it on? It's not, unfortunately. Despite being Wenger's final game in charge of Arsenal, Sky Sports have opted to show the games at Liverpool and Newcastle instead. Arsenal fans wave farewell to Arsene Wenger at the Emirates - in pictures What is the team news? Huddersfield Town Huddersfield boss David Wagner will select from an unchanged squad for his side's last Premier League game of the season at home against Arsenal. Wagner has no new injuries following Wednesday night's draw at Chelsea, which secured them another season in the top flight. Tom Ince is hoping to feature after recovering from a hamstring injury, while Michael Hefele (knee), Elias Kachunga and Danny Williams (both ankle) remain sidelined. Provisional squad: Lossl, Kongolo, Schindler, Jorgensen, Hadergjonaj, Hogg, Mooy, Van La Parra, Pritchard, Ince, Quaner, Mounie, Malone, Depoitre, Billing, Coleman, Lowe, Smith. Arsenal Arsenal will be without the suspended Konstantinos Mavropanos for Arsene Wenger's final game as manager when the Gunners travel to Huddersfield on the last day of the Premier League season. The young defender was shown a straight red card in Wednesday's 3-1 loss at Leicester and will be forced to sit out the game in West Yorkshire having started the Gunners' last three league matches. Mesut Ozil (back), Mohamed Elneny (ankle), Laurent Koscielny and Santi Cazorla (both Achilles) are also missing but the likes of Alexandre Lacazette and Jack Wilshere could return after sitting out in midweek. Provisional squad: Cech, Ospina, Bellerin, Holding, Mustafi, Chambers, Mertesacker, Monreal, Nelson, Kolasinac, Maitland-Niles, Xhaka, Willock, Wilshere, Ramsey, Iwobi, Mkhitaryan, Welbeck, Lacazette, Nketiah, Aubameyang. What are they saying? David Wagner on Arsene Wenger "I can't imagine that this can happen again, so this only shows he has done something extraordinary," Wagner said. "Words don't describe enough how big this achievement is which he has done for his football club and football in this country. "I'm so happy that we are able to host him in his last Premier League game after 22 years, that we are able to host him in these circumstances, we really can give him all the honour and all the attention he deserves. "This is possible after our last result on Wednesday and we as a football club will do it. We have the biggest respect for what he has done and we're happy we play our last game against him." Best-priced accumulators | New customer offers Wenger on the Emirates "We had to do it," he said, when asked if he would take back the stadium move in exchange for trophies. "There is no club that can turn people who wanted to attend the game down. At the time I thought we were a bit too ambitious with 60,000 (capacity) but at the end of the day it worked," he said. "It's not really happened because other clubs have used outside resources. We had a double handicap. We had to pay back the debt and had to face the competition where clubs have even more resources than they usually have. "I believe Highbury had a special spirit. It's a cathedral, a church. You could smell the soul of every guy that played there. So it was special. It will always be special for me. "The Emirates for me was like buying a new house. It took us a while to feel at home there. It's a fantastic stadium - but there was something special at Highbury that you could never recreate when you build something new. What are the odds? Huddersfield 19/4 Arsenal - 4/7 Draw - 18/5 What's our prediction? Jason Burt: There is nothing riding on Arsene Wenger’s last match in charge of Arsenal except for one thing – can he really end the season as the only manager in English football not to gain any points away from home in 2018? Surely the Arsenal players will not let that happen while Huddersfield, safe from relegation, may still be on that party bus. Prediction: 1-3
Arsene Wenger signs off saying he 'had disagreements' with the fans: 'But we had one thing in common: we loved Arsenal FC'
To the end, there was dignity and, to use one of his favourite words, , humanity to Arsene Wenger as he bowed out,quite literally, as Arsenal manager after 22 years, 1,235 games and this, his 707th victory. One-nil to the Arsenal, in fact, although that was never a scoreline he cherished or that was associated with him. There was sentimentality, too – and why not as Wenger spoke of the appropriateness of Huddersfield Town being his final opponent in what otherwise was an inconsequential fixture? “Herbert Chapman, maybe our greatest manager, came from here,” Wenger said. “For me to come here on the last day had a special meaning when you know the history of our club. In fact, there was a photo just in front of the dressing room where Chapman smiled at me because he was on the photo.” Chapman smiling down on Wenger is certainly some romantic image, one that resonates powerfully for all Arsenal fans. Chapman was Huddersfield’s greatest manager, in their golden period in the 1920s when they won league titles, with three stars adorning their shirts, and were such a force in English football that he was poached by Arsenal and transformed them too. For 22 years, for 1,235 games, for 49, 49 undefeated, for 7 FA Cups, for 3 @PremierLeague titles, for two Doubles, for winning the league at Old Trafford and White Hart Lane, for Wengerball, for the Invincibles, for your total love and devotion, we want to say... #MerciArsène❤️ pic.twitter.com/xkRXjLAid2— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 13, 2018 Chapman revolutionised the role of the manager, making him more powerful in an era when decisions were made by committee. Privately, Wenger might ruefully consider the wheel is turning full circle away from his profession, given the nature of his departure, as he first walked past the bust of Chapman at the entrance to the John Smith Stadium, then the photograph before he took to the pitch to be met by a guard of honour. Before kick-off, Wenger strode towards the travelling Arsenal supporters and bowed to them, later saying it was a spontaneous act of appreciation. “We had disagreements, which I accept, but we had one thing in common: we loved Arsenal Football Club, and I wanted to share that with them,” he said. Thanks for the 22 years Credit: PA Wenger went to the away dug-out an hour before the game to get some “oxygen”. “It’s difficult to understand when you don’t know how deep the love is for the game [in England],” Wenger said. “It was a fantastic experience for me. Where do I go from there? That’s the difficulty. When you’ve experienced this intensity for such a long time, I don’t know where I go. I’ll remain a fan wherever I go.” Wenger will now look forward to the next phase of his career and his life. The 68-year-old has already divulged he has had many offers and confirmed that they included Premier League clubs. “Yes, I had offers, yes, of course,” he said, “but at the moment, I have not said anything to anybody. I came out of a long process and you cannot just the next morning go somewhere else. It’s impossible.” But could he manage against Arsenal? “I’m not ready for that at the moment,” Wenger said. “That would be very difficult, I’d stay at home that day. Maybe, I don’t envisage that at the moment. Maybe it’s better I go somewhere else.” He suggested that Arsenal are only “some additions” away from competing for the Premier League title. Although that may not only depend on how many is “some” but who manages them, one player who will be crucial to the future is surely Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. Arsene Wenger waves to the fans before the match Credit: Reuters Wenger’s final signing, if it was his decision, and most expensive ever signing scored the only goal, and it means he has struck 10 times in just 13 league games since he arrived in January for £56 million. The goal was also one that will have delighted Wenger as it was constructed through a slick passing move involving Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Alexandre Lacazette, with the latter sliding the ball through to Aaron Ramsey who prodded it across goal for Aubameyang to force home. Arsene Wenger's replacement at Arsenal That was tough on Huddersfield who should have scored through Steve Mounie, with a header, and Tom Ince, who ballooned over, but it did not detract from the celebratory atmosphere. However, there may be a pang of alarm from their supporters in the non-committal way manager David Wagner later spoke about his own future, having kept the club up against the odds. Fans hold up a Arsene Wenger banner Credit: Getty Club owner Dean Hoyle had taken to the pitch at half-time to suggest Wagner would stay, but the German later said simply that the chairman was putting “pressure” on himself with that declaration. Time will soon tell. THE BOSS ❤️#MerciArsènepic.twitter.com/ThKzyCGKRw— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 13, 2018 Huddersfield goalkeeper Jonas Lossl made smart saves from Lacazette and substitute Danny Welbeck while as they made most of the running, Huddersfield went closest when Aaron Mooy clipped the top of the cross-bar, and substitute Laurent Depoitre did not gain enough power with a header. Arsenal in a league of their own... pic.twitter.com/o0oP3Xxfbj— Charlie Eccleshare (@CDEccleshare) May 13, 2018 The result also meant that, at the eighth attempt, Arsenal did not maintain their unwanted record of being the only team in English football to collect just a point away from home in 2018. “I’m very proud, I’ve contributed a little bit,” Wenger said as he departed. “I’ve given some good moments to people who love the club. #classy #nicetouch Credit: Reuters “I don’t know what will stay or remain through the victories or defeats. I think what will remain is the formidable human aspect of the last 22 years – that is special, and I will cherish.” And rightly so. Plane truth: a banner for Arsene Credit: Getty 4:58PM Farewell, then, Arsene Wenger You were a brilliant manager and a good person. You transformed English football. You invented pasta. You produced a couple of amazing teams. You stayed too long. You have our thanks and our best wishes. And we now have a match report. Marouane Chamakh's hair mousse, Sumo wrestling and social anthropology - my time covering Arsene Wenger @JWTelegraphhttps://t.co/KkTKN00Ksr— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) May 13, 2018 4:57PM More banners! #classy #nicetouch Credit: Reuters 4:52PM Full time: Huddersfield 0 Arsenal 1 Arsene Wenger signs off with that rarest of commodities: an away win! Arsene Wenger bows down to Arsenal's travelling fans https://t.co/3CzXxUfDwDpic.twitter.com/ahnUinnfAn— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) May 13, 2018 4:51PM 90+ mins The ball is played in. A Huddersfield player gets a head on it, Ospina bravely gathers and gets a whack in the process. He's stopped it on the line. For a second there is a suggestion that it was over the line, but no. Bit of bad feeling from the players about the challenge on the keeper, and there's a booking. But it is no goal. 4:49PM 90+ mins We are going to have three minutes added. Arsenal fans singing about Arsene. It looks like we are going to have one final play... Huddersfield with a freekick 4:45PM 87 mins Hadergjonaj chests it through and Mooy unloads with a sizzling volley. It hits the bar. Why are you trying to ruin the boss' farewell, Aaron Mooy? �� The Huddersfield midfielder smashes one at goal... but thankfully it clips the bar on its way over#HTFCvAFC �� 0-1 ⚫️ (88) pic.twitter.com/WLGTlPpoFn— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 13, 2018 4:45PM 85 mins Dean Whitehead, who is retiring, comes on. Dean Whitehead makes way. 4:44PM 83 mins Xhaka nearly caps the Wenger era in unfitting fashion, but his long-range screamer goes wide. 4:39PM 81 mins Galloping run from Welbeck, but his decision making lets him down and he thumps the ball straight at the on-rushing keeper. 4:37PM 79 mins Mkhitaryan and Lacazette are through! Perfect ball from Mkhi, ut Lacazette tries to chip the keeper, and Lossl has read him like a comic. Easy grab in the end. 4:36PM 77 mins A corner into the box and that man Mounie has yet again got above his opponents. Cannot get the header on target. He goes down with cramp and, in fact, Wagner is now taking him off. Arsenal's defenders will be glad to see the back of him! 4:33PM 75 mins Ramsey and now Welbeck get chances to deliver balls in, but not able to find the pass. 4:30PM 72 mins Mounie now gets to work on Monreal. He's clattered in to him as they slide for the ball, and is now wrestling with him. 4:29PM 71 mins Arsene shuffles his pack for the last time. Maitland-Niles comes on, Iwobi off. 4:28PM 70 mins It is all Huddersfield, which isn't to say that Arsenal cannot do them on the break, but the pressure is all coming from the home side. They have a corner. Played short... back in... Mounie! No, that header is well wide. 4:25PM 66 mins Danny Welbeck and Nacho Monreal on. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Sead Kolasinac off. I guess Ospina is okay to carry on. He looks a bit sore. 4:24PM 65 mins Deep cross into the Arsenal box, Ospina gathers and gets clattered for his trouble. 4:23PM 64 mins Huddersfield really putting it up to Arsenal now. Mounie breaks, is fouled by Holding and advantage is played, not sure if it really helped their cause. 4:23PM 62 mins Hadergjonaj with an effort. 4:22PM 60 mins Tom Ince has run his race. Laurent Depoitre comes on. 4:17PM 59 mins Mooy with a nice crossfield switch, Pritchard with a reverse pass.... Ince runs onto the ball and cracks a low shot. Good save Ospina! 4:16PM 58 mins Rapier move from Arsenal makes Huddersfield look very lumpen. 4:15PM 57 mins Mooy has had a smack on the conker. There is some blood. 4:14PM 55 mins Huddersfield are clearly from the "if you don't buy a ticket..." school of thought. But they keep failing to hit the target. Alex Pritchard drills one over. 4:12PM 54 mins Ospina has hurt his foot/leg and is limping around gingerly. Ooh, fun! Will we see a lesser-spotted keeper? Matt Macey is the goalie on the bench. 4:10PM 52 mins Mounie attempts a bicycle kick. It is not a success. Florent Hadergjona has a go from the edge of the box. 4:10PM 51 mins Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang attempts to #turn #provider but crosses it straight into the keeper's arms. 4:07PM 48 mins Oh no, this is more familiar: individual error by Holding lets Mounie in. The bounce of the ball doesn't go in his favour. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang certainly has made a flying start to his PL career. Alan Shearer (Blackburn Rovers, 1992/93): 16 (12 goals, 4 assists) Micky Quinn (Coventry City, 1992/93): 16 (14 goals, 2 assists) Kevin Phillips (Sunderland, 1999/2000): 15 (13 goals, 2 assists) Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Arsenal, 2017/18): 14 (10 goals, 4 assists) Sergio Aguero (Manchester City, 2011/12): 14 (11 goals, 3 assists) Papiss Cisse (Newcastle United, 2011/12): 14 (13 goals, 1 assist) 4:05PM 47 mins Glory be, some muscular and competent defending from Arsenal! Mooy with a nice cross, Mounie is looking to get up but the Arsenal central defence block him off. 4:02PM 46 mins Second half is underway. What will it bring for Arsene and his team? 3:59PM A good day for fans of "nice touch". #nicetouch #nice #touch We're not crying, you are#MerciArsènepic.twitter.com/fjS2tbJUnz— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 13, 2018 3:58PM Tributes There was a sweet tribute to Arsene on 22 minutes (marking his 22 years) as both sets of fans rose to applaud. Fans asked him for a wave and he delivered. Arsene Wenger waves to the fans before the match Credit: Reuters 3:48PM Half time: Huddersfield 0 Arsenal 1 Arsene strides off to give his last half-time talk. A low-impact fixture, his side were a bit sloppy in the first 20, and Huddersfield had the better of it. The one moment of real forward quality came from Aubameyang, whose excellent movement took him into the six-yard box for a tap-in. 3:46PM Lingo bingo This "au revoir" and "merci" Arsene thing: he's been here 22 years. Wouldn't cheerio and cheers be better?— Paul Hayward (@_PaulHayward) May 13, 2018 3:46PM A nice gift from AW to his successor Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has become the fastest Arsenal player in history to reach 10 PL goals, taking him just 13 games to reach that tally. Congratulations, @Aubameyang7! #afcpic.twitter.com/25HTW3Piuq— afcstuff (@afcstuff) May 13, 2018 3:44PM 40 mins Arsenal looking a lot more confident now. HTFC had much the better of things in the first quarter. 3:39PM GOAL! Arsenal have scored And it is Aubameyang (38) YESSSSS AUBA!#HTFCvAFC �� 0-1 ⚫️ (38) pic.twitter.com/JC5H8JHfVI— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 13, 2018 Alexandre Lacazette slides it to Aaron Ramsey on the left. His low cross is on a silver plate for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who slots it away neatly. 3:35PM 33 mins This is a bit more like it! Passionate, aggressive sliding tackle from Terence Kongolo on Aubameyang, who was haring after a ball from Alex Iwobi. 3:33PM 31 mins Affable encounter, both sides happy to let each other take a touch and have a go at attacking. A bit like a game in the park after two cans. 3:31PM 28 mins Read an article by Sam Wallace earlier about players' wages. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang featured. Becoz eeez worf eeet. He really isn't. Anyhow. Here come Arsenal. Mkhi with lash at goal. Deflected for a corner. Arsenal's third such. Comes to nothing. 3:28PM 26 mins Arsenal go close. A corner, a flicked header, and Kolasinac stabs it wide at the back post. 3:25PM 22 mins Huddersfield fans: "You wanted him out, you wanted him out, you two-faced b*******, you wanted him out."#afc fans: "Herbert Chapman, he left 'cos you're s***."— James Olley (@JamesOlley) May 13, 2018 Applause from all corners of the ground to mark Wenger's 22 years. Pure class from #htafc fans, standing to applaud Wenger on 22 minutes, celebrating his 22 years at #afc. Whole stadium stands. Wenger steps from dug-out and waves his thanks.— Henry Winter (@henrywinter) May 13, 2018 Asked to "give us a wave", he does. Minute 22: the whole stadium rises as one to give the boss a standing ovation That's class from you, @htafcdotcom - thanks, we appreciate it ��#HTFCvAFC �� 0-0 ⚫️ (22) pic.twitter.com/egqQD3vAfV— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 13, 2018 3:21PM 19 mins Henrikh Mkhitaryan tries to get the freekick over the wall, but only manages to hit someone in the knee. A pathetic dead ball attempt. He wins an ill-deserved corner. That comes to little. 3:20PM 18 mins Arsenal break, but give it away. Now another break from the visitors. Sead Kolasinac , for some reason, decides he's going to try and beat the whole team. Chopped down on the edge of the area by Mathias Jorgensen. 3:18PM 14 mins Ince again! Another shot, this one wide. Arsenal haven't turned up at all and a team with better strikers than Huddersfield would be up by now. 3:15PM Plane speaking An airplane flies over the stadium with a message to Arsene Wenger Credit: Getty 3:14PM 10 mins Unless his spineless team wake up, old Mr W is going to be signing off with a defeat. They're getting opened up with ease here. Alex Pritchard gallopes onto a long ball. He clips it back for Ince, who should have done a lot better from 10 or so yards out. Wellied it over the bar. 3:10PM 9 mins Mounie, who is bullying these Arsenal boys, gets up for a header and crunches Mustafi. Delay while he gets attention. 3:09PM Thanks Fans hold up a Arsene Wenger banner Credit: Getty 3:07PM 5 mins A plane flies over the stadium with a 'Merci Arsene' banner. But the manager's attention is now focused on the Arsenal penalty area. A corner. Mounie again gets up above the defence. Heads it down at goal. Blocked. And a follow up! Christopher Schindler's struck that well, but Arsenal scramble clear. 3:04PM 3 mins But we have our first chance now, as Huddersfield get down the right. Cross in, Moune gets up, and he works the keeper with a header. 3:04PM 2 mins It's a happy occasion for the Huddersfield fans, able to go into the last day knowing that they will definitely be staying up. A friendly atmosphere so far. 3:02PM 1 mins Kick off. It's a nice day up in Hudders. 2:49PM Gifts aplenty �� Head Coach David Wagner presented Arsène Wenger with a special gift from #htafc ahead of today’s @premierleague match (AT) pic.twitter.com/AhIjPmbUtU— Huddersfield Town (@htafcdotcom) May 13, 2018 2:42PM Oh happy day Let's make sure we get our 716th and final win of the Wenger era#MerciArsènepic.twitter.com/5GSNIfNvXp— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 13, 2018 2:25PM It has finished 5-5 at Easter Road Just incredible. Right then. To business. 2:20PM Le Boss THE BOSS ❤️#MerciArsènepic.twitter.com/ThKzyCGKRw— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 13, 2018 2:18PM Brilliant piece on Arsene Wenger A generous, open-hearted article by a generous, open-hearted writer on a generous, open-hearted man. I commend this to you. Marouane Chamakh's hair mousse, Sumo wrestling and social anthropology - my time covering Arsene Wenger @JWTelegraphhttps://t.co/KkTKN00Ksr— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) May 13, 2018 2:12PM The age of Huddersfield For some reason, having not blogged Huddersfield all season, I have done them three times in a week. And what a week it has been for them: they went to Man City and Chelsea and got a point on both occasions, ensuring their Premier League status in the process. It's Wenger's 1235th and final match in charge of Arsenal Credit: Getty Images 2:10PM Those teams in full Huddersfield: Lossl, Hadergjonaj, Jorgensen, Schindler, Kongolo, Lowe, Pritchard, Mooy, Hogg, Ince, Mounie. Subs: Smith, Whitehead, Billing, Sabiri, Coleman, Depoitre, Stankovic. Arsenal: Ospina, Bellerin, Holding, Mustafi, Kolasinac, Iwobi, Xhaka, Ramsey, Mkhitaryan, Lacazette, Aubameyang. Subs: Mertesacker, Monreal, Welbeck, Maitland-Niles, Macey, Nketiah, Willock. Referee: Michael Oliver (Northumberland) 2:08PM If you'd like to keep abreast of the other action in the Premier League today, this is our live clockwatch megablog. 2:07PM The game of the season is currently on at Easter Road. Hibs 4 Rangers 5. Hibs were 3-0 up in 22 minutes. Rangers made it 3-3 by 40 minutes. Sensational entertainment. 2:03PM Huddersfield TEAM NEWS with @ViessmannUK: David Wagner has made four changes to #htafc’s starting XI for today’s @premierleague season-finale against @Arsenal. ➡️ @pritch_93, Tom Ince, Steve Mounié & @FloHadergjonaj ⬅️ Tommy Smith, @BillingPhilip, @vanlaparra17 & @laudepoitre (AT) pic.twitter.com/QnIJJKPn5n— Huddersfield Town (@htafcdotcom) May 13, 2018 2:02PM Arsenal team Here it is - our final starting XI under Arsène Wenger#MerciArsène#HTFCvAFCpic.twitter.com/eDuANvewsA— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 13, 2018 2:02PM Here come the teams for Arsene Wenger's last game. 2:01PM And Roma are also sending their best One year ago this month, there were many tears as #ASRoma fans said an emotional goodbye to @Totti after 25 years playing for his boyhood club. To coach the same team for 22 years is an incredible achievement. Good luck in your final game in charge of @Arsenal, Arsène Wenger. �� pic.twitter.com/9TPxyiEs6z— AS Roma English (@ASRomaEN) May 13, 2018 1:56PM Good afternoon Tyers here, happy to bring you news of the final day of the season, specifically Arsenal's trip to Huddersfield. The Terriers have given Arsene a generous welcome to the ground. What a nice reception for the boss ahead of his final game �� Fair play, @htafcdotcom ��#MerciArsènepic.twitter.com/iWfDrxrz9L— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 13, 2018 1:55PM Our preview What is it? It's the final game of the season for Huddersfield and Arsenal and, more significantly, the last in Arsene Wenger's 22-reign as Arsenal manager. When is it? It's on Sunday May 13 - ie today. What time is kick-off? It's a 3pm BST start. What TV channel is it on? It's not, unfortunately. Despite being Wenger's final game in charge of Arsenal, Sky Sports have opted to show the games at Liverpool and Newcastle instead. Arsenal fans wave farewell to Arsene Wenger at the Emirates - in pictures What is the team news? Huddersfield Town Huddersfield boss David Wagner will select from an unchanged squad for his side's last Premier League game of the season at home against Arsenal. Wagner has no new injuries following Wednesday night's draw at Chelsea, which secured them another season in the top flight. Tom Ince is hoping to feature after recovering from a hamstring injury, while Michael Hefele (knee), Elias Kachunga and Danny Williams (both ankle) remain sidelined. Provisional squad: Lossl, Kongolo, Schindler, Jorgensen, Hadergjonaj, Hogg, Mooy, Van La Parra, Pritchard, Ince, Quaner, Mounie, Malone, Depoitre, Billing, Coleman, Lowe, Smith. Arsenal Arsenal will be without the suspended Konstantinos Mavropanos for Arsene Wenger's final game as manager when the Gunners travel to Huddersfield on the last day of the Premier League season. The young defender was shown a straight red card in Wednesday's 3-1 loss at Leicester and will be forced to sit out the game in West Yorkshire having started the Gunners' last three league matches. Mesut Ozil (back), Mohamed Elneny (ankle), Laurent Koscielny and Santi Cazorla (both Achilles) are also missing but the likes of Alexandre Lacazette and Jack Wilshere could return after sitting out in midweek. Provisional squad: Cech, Ospina, Bellerin, Holding, Mustafi, Chambers, Mertesacker, Monreal, Nelson, Kolasinac, Maitland-Niles, Xhaka, Willock, Wilshere, Ramsey, Iwobi, Mkhitaryan, Welbeck, Lacazette, Nketiah, Aubameyang. What are they saying? David Wagner on Arsene Wenger "I can't imagine that this can happen again, so this only shows he has done something extraordinary," Wagner said. "Words don't describe enough how big this achievement is which he has done for his football club and football in this country. "I'm so happy that we are able to host him in his last Premier League game after 22 years, that we are able to host him in these circumstances, we really can give him all the honour and all the attention he deserves. "This is possible after our last result on Wednesday and we as a football club will do it. We have the biggest respect for what he has done and we're happy we play our last game against him." Best-priced accumulators | New customer offers Wenger on the Emirates "We had to do it," he said, when asked if he would take back the stadium move in exchange for trophies. "There is no club that can turn people who wanted to attend the game down. At the time I thought we were a bit too ambitious with 60,000 (capacity) but at the end of the day it worked," he said. "It's not really happened because other clubs have used outside resources. We had a double handicap. We had to pay back the debt and had to face the competition where clubs have even more resources than they usually have. "I believe Highbury had a special spirit. It's a cathedral, a church. You could smell the soul of every guy that played there. So it was special. It will always be special for me. "The Emirates for me was like buying a new house. It took us a while to feel at home there. It's a fantastic stadium - but there was something special at Highbury that you could never recreate when you build something new. What are the odds? Huddersfield 19/4 Arsenal - 4/7 Draw - 18/5 What's our prediction? Jason Burt: There is nothing riding on Arsene Wenger’s last match in charge of Arsenal except for one thing – can he really end the season as the only manager in English football not to gain any points away from home in 2018? Surely the Arsenal players will not let that happen while Huddersfield, safe from relegation, may still be on that party bus. Prediction: 1-3
To the end, there was dignity and, to use one of his favourite words, , humanity to Arsene Wenger as he bowed out,quite literally, as Arsenal manager after 22 years, 1,235 games and this, his 707th victory. One-nil to the Arsenal, in fact, although that was never a scoreline he cherished or that was associated with him. There was sentimentality, too – and why not as Wenger spoke of the appropriateness of Huddersfield Town being his final opponent in what otherwise was an inconsequential fixture? “Herbert Chapman, maybe our greatest manager, came from here,” Wenger said. “For me to come here on the last day had a special meaning when you know the history of our club. In fact, there was a photo just in front of the dressing room where Chapman smiled at me because he was on the photo.” Chapman smiling down on Wenger is certainly some romantic image, one that resonates powerfully for all Arsenal fans. Chapman was Huddersfield’s greatest manager, in their golden period in the 1920s when they won league titles, with three stars adorning their shirts, and were such a force in English football that he was poached by Arsenal and transformed them too. For 22 years, for 1,235 games, for 49, 49 undefeated, for 7 FA Cups, for 3 @PremierLeague titles, for two Doubles, for winning the league at Old Trafford and White Hart Lane, for Wengerball, for the Invincibles, for your total love and devotion, we want to say... #MerciArsène❤️ pic.twitter.com/xkRXjLAid2— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 13, 2018 Chapman revolutionised the role of the manager, making him more powerful in an era when decisions were made by committee. Privately, Wenger might ruefully consider the wheel is turning full circle away from his profession, given the nature of his departure, as he first walked past the bust of Chapman at the entrance to the John Smith Stadium, then the photograph before he took to the pitch to be met by a guard of honour. Before kick-off, Wenger strode towards the travelling Arsenal supporters and bowed to them, later saying it was a spontaneous act of appreciation. “We had disagreements, which I accept, but we had one thing in common: we loved Arsenal Football Club, and I wanted to share that with them,” he said. Thanks for the 22 years Credit: PA Wenger went to the away dug-out an hour before the game to get some “oxygen”. “It’s difficult to understand when you don’t know how deep the love is for the game [in England],” Wenger said. “It was a fantastic experience for me. Where do I go from there? That’s the difficulty. When you’ve experienced this intensity for such a long time, I don’t know where I go. I’ll remain a fan wherever I go.” Wenger will now look forward to the next phase of his career and his life. The 68-year-old has already divulged he has had many offers and confirmed that they included Premier League clubs. “Yes, I had offers, yes, of course,” he said, “but at the moment, I have not said anything to anybody. I came out of a long process and you cannot just the next morning go somewhere else. It’s impossible.” But could he manage against Arsenal? “I’m not ready for that at the moment,” Wenger said. “That would be very difficult, I’d stay at home that day. Maybe, I don’t envisage that at the moment. Maybe it’s better I go somewhere else.” He suggested that Arsenal are only “some additions” away from competing for the Premier League title. Although that may not only depend on how many is “some” but who manages them, one player who will be crucial to the future is surely Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. Arsene Wenger waves to the fans before the match Credit: Reuters Wenger’s final signing, if it was his decision, and most expensive ever signing scored the only goal, and it means he has struck 10 times in just 13 league games since he arrived in January for £56 million. The goal was also one that will have delighted Wenger as it was constructed through a slick passing move involving Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Alexandre Lacazette, with the latter sliding the ball through to Aaron Ramsey who prodded it across goal for Aubameyang to force home. Arsene Wenger's replacement at Arsenal That was tough on Huddersfield who should have scored through Steve Mounie, with a header, and Tom Ince, who ballooned over, but it did not detract from the celebratory atmosphere. However, there may be a pang of alarm from their supporters in the non-committal way manager David Wagner later spoke about his own future, having kept the club up against the odds. Fans hold up a Arsene Wenger banner Credit: Getty Club owner Dean Hoyle had taken to the pitch at half-time to suggest Wagner would stay, but the German later said simply that the chairman was putting “pressure” on himself with that declaration. Time will soon tell. THE BOSS ❤️#MerciArsènepic.twitter.com/ThKzyCGKRw— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 13, 2018 Huddersfield goalkeeper Jonas Lossl made smart saves from Lacazette and substitute Danny Welbeck while as they made most of the running, Huddersfield went closest when Aaron Mooy clipped the top of the cross-bar, and substitute Laurent Depoitre did not gain enough power with a header. Arsenal in a league of their own... pic.twitter.com/o0oP3Xxfbj— Charlie Eccleshare (@CDEccleshare) May 13, 2018 The result also meant that, at the eighth attempt, Arsenal did not maintain their unwanted record of being the only team in English football to collect just a point away from home in 2018. “I’m very proud, I’ve contributed a little bit,” Wenger said as he departed. “I’ve given some good moments to people who love the club. #classy #nicetouch Credit: Reuters “I don’t know what will stay or remain through the victories or defeats. I think what will remain is the formidable human aspect of the last 22 years – that is special, and I will cherish.” And rightly so. Plane truth: a banner for Arsene Credit: Getty 4:58PM Farewell, then, Arsene Wenger You were a brilliant manager and a good person. You transformed English football. You invented pasta. You produced a couple of amazing teams. You stayed too long. You have our thanks and our best wishes. And we now have a match report. Marouane Chamakh's hair mousse, Sumo wrestling and social anthropology - my time covering Arsene Wenger @JWTelegraphhttps://t.co/KkTKN00Ksr— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) May 13, 2018 4:57PM More banners! #classy #nicetouch Credit: Reuters 4:52PM Full time: Huddersfield 0 Arsenal 1 Arsene Wenger signs off with that rarest of commodities: an away win! Arsene Wenger bows down to Arsenal's travelling fans https://t.co/3CzXxUfDwDpic.twitter.com/ahnUinnfAn— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) May 13, 2018 4:51PM 90+ mins The ball is played in. A Huddersfield player gets a head on it, Ospina bravely gathers and gets a whack in the process. He's stopped it on the line. For a second there is a suggestion that it was over the line, but no. Bit of bad feeling from the players about the challenge on the keeper, and there's a booking. But it is no goal. 4:49PM 90+ mins We are going to have three minutes added. Arsenal fans singing about Arsene. It looks like we are going to have one final play... Huddersfield with a freekick 4:45PM 87 mins Hadergjonaj chests it through and Mooy unloads with a sizzling volley. It hits the bar. Why are you trying to ruin the boss' farewell, Aaron Mooy? �� The Huddersfield midfielder smashes one at goal... but thankfully it clips the bar on its way over#HTFCvAFC �� 0-1 ⚫️ (88) pic.twitter.com/WLGTlPpoFn— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 13, 2018 4:45PM 85 mins Dean Whitehead, who is retiring, comes on. Dean Whitehead makes way. 4:44PM 83 mins Xhaka nearly caps the Wenger era in unfitting fashion, but his long-range screamer goes wide. 4:39PM 81 mins Galloping run from Welbeck, but his decision making lets him down and he thumps the ball straight at the on-rushing keeper. 4:37PM 79 mins Mkhitaryan and Lacazette are through! Perfect ball from Mkhi, ut Lacazette tries to chip the keeper, and Lossl has read him like a comic. Easy grab in the end. 4:36PM 77 mins A corner into the box and that man Mounie has yet again got above his opponents. Cannot get the header on target. He goes down with cramp and, in fact, Wagner is now taking him off. Arsenal's defenders will be glad to see the back of him! 4:33PM 75 mins Ramsey and now Welbeck get chances to deliver balls in, but not able to find the pass. 4:30PM 72 mins Mounie now gets to work on Monreal. He's clattered in to him as they slide for the ball, and is now wrestling with him. 4:29PM 71 mins Arsene shuffles his pack for the last time. Maitland-Niles comes on, Iwobi off. 4:28PM 70 mins It is all Huddersfield, which isn't to say that Arsenal cannot do them on the break, but the pressure is all coming from the home side. They have a corner. Played short... back in... Mounie! No, that header is well wide. 4:25PM 66 mins Danny Welbeck and Nacho Monreal on. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Sead Kolasinac off. I guess Ospina is okay to carry on. He looks a bit sore. 4:24PM 65 mins Deep cross into the Arsenal box, Ospina gathers and gets clattered for his trouble. 4:23PM 64 mins Huddersfield really putting it up to Arsenal now. Mounie breaks, is fouled by Holding and advantage is played, not sure if it really helped their cause. 4:23PM 62 mins Hadergjonaj with an effort. 4:22PM 60 mins Tom Ince has run his race. Laurent Depoitre comes on. 4:17PM 59 mins Mooy with a nice crossfield switch, Pritchard with a reverse pass.... Ince runs onto the ball and cracks a low shot. Good save Ospina! 4:16PM 58 mins Rapier move from Arsenal makes Huddersfield look very lumpen. 4:15PM 57 mins Mooy has had a smack on the conker. There is some blood. 4:14PM 55 mins Huddersfield are clearly from the "if you don't buy a ticket..." school of thought. But they keep failing to hit the target. Alex Pritchard drills one over. 4:12PM 54 mins Ospina has hurt his foot/leg and is limping around gingerly. Ooh, fun! Will we see a lesser-spotted keeper? Matt Macey is the goalie on the bench. 4:10PM 52 mins Mounie attempts a bicycle kick. It is not a success. Florent Hadergjona has a go from the edge of the box. 4:10PM 51 mins Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang attempts to #turn #provider but crosses it straight into the keeper's arms. 4:07PM 48 mins Oh no, this is more familiar: individual error by Holding lets Mounie in. The bounce of the ball doesn't go in his favour. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang certainly has made a flying start to his PL career. Alan Shearer (Blackburn Rovers, 1992/93): 16 (12 goals, 4 assists) Micky Quinn (Coventry City, 1992/93): 16 (14 goals, 2 assists) Kevin Phillips (Sunderland, 1999/2000): 15 (13 goals, 2 assists) Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Arsenal, 2017/18): 14 (10 goals, 4 assists) Sergio Aguero (Manchester City, 2011/12): 14 (11 goals, 3 assists) Papiss Cisse (Newcastle United, 2011/12): 14 (13 goals, 1 assist) 4:05PM 47 mins Glory be, some muscular and competent defending from Arsenal! Mooy with a nice cross, Mounie is looking to get up but the Arsenal central defence block him off. 4:02PM 46 mins Second half is underway. What will it bring for Arsene and his team? 3:59PM A good day for fans of "nice touch". #nicetouch #nice #touch We're not crying, you are#MerciArsènepic.twitter.com/fjS2tbJUnz— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 13, 2018 3:58PM Tributes There was a sweet tribute to Arsene on 22 minutes (marking his 22 years) as both sets of fans rose to applaud. Fans asked him for a wave and he delivered. Arsene Wenger waves to the fans before the match Credit: Reuters 3:48PM Half time: Huddersfield 0 Arsenal 1 Arsene strides off to give his last half-time talk. A low-impact fixture, his side were a bit sloppy in the first 20, and Huddersfield had the better of it. The one moment of real forward quality came from Aubameyang, whose excellent movement took him into the six-yard box for a tap-in. 3:46PM Lingo bingo This "au revoir" and "merci" Arsene thing: he's been here 22 years. Wouldn't cheerio and cheers be better?— Paul Hayward (@_PaulHayward) May 13, 2018 3:46PM A nice gift from AW to his successor Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has become the fastest Arsenal player in history to reach 10 PL goals, taking him just 13 games to reach that tally. Congratulations, @Aubameyang7! #afcpic.twitter.com/25HTW3Piuq— afcstuff (@afcstuff) May 13, 2018 3:44PM 40 mins Arsenal looking a lot more confident now. HTFC had much the better of things in the first quarter. 3:39PM GOAL! Arsenal have scored And it is Aubameyang (38) YESSSSS AUBA!#HTFCvAFC �� 0-1 ⚫️ (38) pic.twitter.com/JC5H8JHfVI— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 13, 2018 Alexandre Lacazette slides it to Aaron Ramsey on the left. His low cross is on a silver plate for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who slots it away neatly. 3:35PM 33 mins This is a bit more like it! Passionate, aggressive sliding tackle from Terence Kongolo on Aubameyang, who was haring after a ball from Alex Iwobi. 3:33PM 31 mins Affable encounter, both sides happy to let each other take a touch and have a go at attacking. A bit like a game in the park after two cans. 3:31PM 28 mins Read an article by Sam Wallace earlier about players' wages. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang featured. Becoz eeez worf eeet. He really isn't. Anyhow. Here come Arsenal. Mkhi with lash at goal. Deflected for a corner. Arsenal's third such. Comes to nothing. 3:28PM 26 mins Arsenal go close. A corner, a flicked header, and Kolasinac stabs it wide at the back post. 3:25PM 22 mins Huddersfield fans: "You wanted him out, you wanted him out, you two-faced b*******, you wanted him out."#afc fans: "Herbert Chapman, he left 'cos you're s***."— James Olley (@JamesOlley) May 13, 2018 Applause from all corners of the ground to mark Wenger's 22 years. Pure class from #htafc fans, standing to applaud Wenger on 22 minutes, celebrating his 22 years at #afc. Whole stadium stands. Wenger steps from dug-out and waves his thanks.— Henry Winter (@henrywinter) May 13, 2018 Asked to "give us a wave", he does. Minute 22: the whole stadium rises as one to give the boss a standing ovation That's class from you, @htafcdotcom - thanks, we appreciate it ��#HTFCvAFC �� 0-0 ⚫️ (22) pic.twitter.com/egqQD3vAfV— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 13, 2018 3:21PM 19 mins Henrikh Mkhitaryan tries to get the freekick over the wall, but only manages to hit someone in the knee. A pathetic dead ball attempt. He wins an ill-deserved corner. That comes to little. 3:20PM 18 mins Arsenal break, but give it away. Now another break from the visitors. Sead Kolasinac , for some reason, decides he's going to try and beat the whole team. Chopped down on the edge of the area by Mathias Jorgensen. 3:18PM 14 mins Ince again! Another shot, this one wide. Arsenal haven't turned up at all and a team with better strikers than Huddersfield would be up by now. 3:15PM Plane speaking An airplane flies over the stadium with a message to Arsene Wenger Credit: Getty 3:14PM 10 mins Unless his spineless team wake up, old Mr W is going to be signing off with a defeat. They're getting opened up with ease here. Alex Pritchard gallopes onto a long ball. He clips it back for Ince, who should have done a lot better from 10 or so yards out. Wellied it over the bar. 3:10PM 9 mins Mounie, who is bullying these Arsenal boys, gets up for a header and crunches Mustafi. Delay while he gets attention. 3:09PM Thanks Fans hold up a Arsene Wenger banner Credit: Getty 3:07PM 5 mins A plane flies over the stadium with a 'Merci Arsene' banner. But the manager's attention is now focused on the Arsenal penalty area. A corner. Mounie again gets up above the defence. Heads it down at goal. Blocked. And a follow up! Christopher Schindler's struck that well, but Arsenal scramble clear. 3:04PM 3 mins But we have our first chance now, as Huddersfield get down the right. Cross in, Moune gets up, and he works the keeper with a header. 3:04PM 2 mins It's a happy occasion for the Huddersfield fans, able to go into the last day knowing that they will definitely be staying up. A friendly atmosphere so far. 3:02PM 1 mins Kick off. It's a nice day up in Hudders. 2:49PM Gifts aplenty �� Head Coach David Wagner presented Arsène Wenger with a special gift from #htafc ahead of today’s @premierleague match (AT) pic.twitter.com/AhIjPmbUtU— Huddersfield Town (@htafcdotcom) May 13, 2018 2:42PM Oh happy day Let's make sure we get our 716th and final win of the Wenger era#MerciArsènepic.twitter.com/5GSNIfNvXp— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 13, 2018 2:25PM It has finished 5-5 at Easter Road Just incredible. Right then. To business. 2:20PM Le Boss THE BOSS ❤️#MerciArsènepic.twitter.com/ThKzyCGKRw— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 13, 2018 2:18PM Brilliant piece on Arsene Wenger A generous, open-hearted article by a generous, open-hearted writer on a generous, open-hearted man. I commend this to you. Marouane Chamakh's hair mousse, Sumo wrestling and social anthropology - my time covering Arsene Wenger @JWTelegraphhttps://t.co/KkTKN00Ksr— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) May 13, 2018 2:12PM The age of Huddersfield For some reason, having not blogged Huddersfield all season, I have done them three times in a week. And what a week it has been for them: they went to Man City and Chelsea and got a point on both occasions, ensuring their Premier League status in the process. It's Wenger's 1235th and final match in charge of Arsenal Credit: Getty Images 2:10PM Those teams in full Huddersfield: Lossl, Hadergjonaj, Jorgensen, Schindler, Kongolo, Lowe, Pritchard, Mooy, Hogg, Ince, Mounie. Subs: Smith, Whitehead, Billing, Sabiri, Coleman, Depoitre, Stankovic. Arsenal: Ospina, Bellerin, Holding, Mustafi, Kolasinac, Iwobi, Xhaka, Ramsey, Mkhitaryan, Lacazette, Aubameyang. Subs: Mertesacker, Monreal, Welbeck, Maitland-Niles, Macey, Nketiah, Willock. Referee: Michael Oliver (Northumberland) 2:08PM If you'd like to keep abreast of the other action in the Premier League today, this is our live clockwatch megablog. 2:07PM The game of the season is currently on at Easter Road. Hibs 4 Rangers 5. Hibs were 3-0 up in 22 minutes. Rangers made it 3-3 by 40 minutes. Sensational entertainment. 2:03PM Huddersfield TEAM NEWS with @ViessmannUK: David Wagner has made four changes to #htafc’s starting XI for today’s @premierleague season-finale against @Arsenal. ➡️ @pritch_93, Tom Ince, Steve Mounié & @FloHadergjonaj ⬅️ Tommy Smith, @BillingPhilip, @vanlaparra17 & @laudepoitre (AT) pic.twitter.com/QnIJJKPn5n— Huddersfield Town (@htafcdotcom) May 13, 2018 2:02PM Arsenal team Here it is - our final starting XI under Arsène Wenger#MerciArsène#HTFCvAFCpic.twitter.com/eDuANvewsA— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 13, 2018 2:02PM Here come the teams for Arsene Wenger's last game. 2:01PM And Roma are also sending their best One year ago this month, there were many tears as #ASRoma fans said an emotional goodbye to @Totti after 25 years playing for his boyhood club. To coach the same team for 22 years is an incredible achievement. Good luck in your final game in charge of @Arsenal, Arsène Wenger. �� pic.twitter.com/9TPxyiEs6z— AS Roma English (@ASRomaEN) May 13, 2018 1:56PM Good afternoon Tyers here, happy to bring you news of the final day of the season, specifically Arsenal's trip to Huddersfield. The Terriers have given Arsene a generous welcome to the ground. What a nice reception for the boss ahead of his final game �� Fair play, @htafcdotcom ��#MerciArsènepic.twitter.com/iWfDrxrz9L— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 13, 2018 1:55PM Our preview What is it? It's the final game of the season for Huddersfield and Arsenal and, more significantly, the last in Arsene Wenger's 22-reign as Arsenal manager. When is it? It's on Sunday May 13 - ie today. What time is kick-off? It's a 3pm BST start. What TV channel is it on? It's not, unfortunately. Despite being Wenger's final game in charge of Arsenal, Sky Sports have opted to show the games at Liverpool and Newcastle instead. Arsenal fans wave farewell to Arsene Wenger at the Emirates - in pictures What is the team news? Huddersfield Town Huddersfield boss David Wagner will select from an unchanged squad for his side's last Premier League game of the season at home against Arsenal. Wagner has no new injuries following Wednesday night's draw at Chelsea, which secured them another season in the top flight. Tom Ince is hoping to feature after recovering from a hamstring injury, while Michael Hefele (knee), Elias Kachunga and Danny Williams (both ankle) remain sidelined. Provisional squad: Lossl, Kongolo, Schindler, Jorgensen, Hadergjonaj, Hogg, Mooy, Van La Parra, Pritchard, Ince, Quaner, Mounie, Malone, Depoitre, Billing, Coleman, Lowe, Smith. Arsenal Arsenal will be without the suspended Konstantinos Mavropanos for Arsene Wenger's final game as manager when the Gunners travel to Huddersfield on the last day of the Premier League season. The young defender was shown a straight red card in Wednesday's 3-1 loss at Leicester and will be forced to sit out the game in West Yorkshire having started the Gunners' last three league matches. Mesut Ozil (back), Mohamed Elneny (ankle), Laurent Koscielny and Santi Cazorla (both Achilles) are also missing but the likes of Alexandre Lacazette and Jack Wilshere could return after sitting out in midweek. Provisional squad: Cech, Ospina, Bellerin, Holding, Mustafi, Chambers, Mertesacker, Monreal, Nelson, Kolasinac, Maitland-Niles, Xhaka, Willock, Wilshere, Ramsey, Iwobi, Mkhitaryan, Welbeck, Lacazette, Nketiah, Aubameyang. What are they saying? David Wagner on Arsene Wenger "I can't imagine that this can happen again, so this only shows he has done something extraordinary," Wagner said. "Words don't describe enough how big this achievement is which he has done for his football club and football in this country. "I'm so happy that we are able to host him in his last Premier League game after 22 years, that we are able to host him in these circumstances, we really can give him all the honour and all the attention he deserves. "This is possible after our last result on Wednesday and we as a football club will do it. We have the biggest respect for what he has done and we're happy we play our last game against him." Best-priced accumulators | New customer offers Wenger on the Emirates "We had to do it," he said, when asked if he would take back the stadium move in exchange for trophies. "There is no club that can turn people who wanted to attend the game down. At the time I thought we were a bit too ambitious with 60,000 (capacity) but at the end of the day it worked," he said. "It's not really happened because other clubs have used outside resources. We had a double handicap. We had to pay back the debt and had to face the competition where clubs have even more resources than they usually have. "I believe Highbury had a special spirit. It's a cathedral, a church. You could smell the soul of every guy that played there. So it was special. It will always be special for me. "The Emirates for me was like buying a new house. It took us a while to feel at home there. It's a fantastic stadium - but there was something special at Highbury that you could never recreate when you build something new. What are the odds? Huddersfield 19/4 Arsenal - 4/7 Draw - 18/5 What's our prediction? Jason Burt: There is nothing riding on Arsene Wenger’s last match in charge of Arsenal except for one thing – can he really end the season as the only manager in English football not to gain any points away from home in 2018? Surely the Arsenal players will not let that happen while Huddersfield, safe from relegation, may still be on that party bus. Prediction: 1-3
Arsene Wenger signs off saying he 'had disagreements' with the fans: 'But we had one thing in common: we loved Arsenal FC'
To the end, there was dignity and, to use one of his favourite words, , humanity to Arsene Wenger as he bowed out,quite literally, as Arsenal manager after 22 years, 1,235 games and this, his 707th victory. One-nil to the Arsenal, in fact, although that was never a scoreline he cherished or that was associated with him. There was sentimentality, too – and why not as Wenger spoke of the appropriateness of Huddersfield Town being his final opponent in what otherwise was an inconsequential fixture? “Herbert Chapman, maybe our greatest manager, came from here,” Wenger said. “For me to come here on the last day had a special meaning when you know the history of our club. In fact, there was a photo just in front of the dressing room where Chapman smiled at me because he was on the photo.” Chapman smiling down on Wenger is certainly some romantic image, one that resonates powerfully for all Arsenal fans. Chapman was Huddersfield’s greatest manager, in their golden period in the 1920s when they won league titles, with three stars adorning their shirts, and were such a force in English football that he was poached by Arsenal and transformed them too. For 22 years, for 1,235 games, for 49, 49 undefeated, for 7 FA Cups, for 3 @PremierLeague titles, for two Doubles, for winning the league at Old Trafford and White Hart Lane, for Wengerball, for the Invincibles, for your total love and devotion, we want to say... #MerciArsène❤️ pic.twitter.com/xkRXjLAid2— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 13, 2018 Chapman revolutionised the role of the manager, making him more powerful in an era when decisions were made by committee. Privately, Wenger might ruefully consider the wheel is turning full circle away from his profession, given the nature of his departure, as he first walked past the bust of Chapman at the entrance to the John Smith Stadium, then the photograph before he took to the pitch to be met by a guard of honour. Before kick-off, Wenger strode towards the travelling Arsenal supporters and bowed to them, later saying it was a spontaneous act of appreciation. “We had disagreements, which I accept, but we had one thing in common: we loved Arsenal Football Club, and I wanted to share that with them,” he said. Thanks for the 22 years Credit: PA Wenger went to the away dug-out an hour before the game to get some “oxygen”. “It’s difficult to understand when you don’t know how deep the love is for the game [in England],” Wenger said. “It was a fantastic experience for me. Where do I go from there? That’s the difficulty. When you’ve experienced this intensity for such a long time, I don’t know where I go. I’ll remain a fan wherever I go.” Wenger will now look forward to the next phase of his career and his life. The 68-year-old has already divulged he has had many offers and confirmed that they included Premier League clubs. “Yes, I had offers, yes, of course,” he said, “but at the moment, I have not said anything to anybody. I came out of a long process and you cannot just the next morning go somewhere else. It’s impossible.” But could he manage against Arsenal? “I’m not ready for that at the moment,” Wenger said. “That would be very difficult, I’d stay at home that day. Maybe, I don’t envisage that at the moment. Maybe it’s better I go somewhere else.” He suggested that Arsenal are only “some additions” away from competing for the Premier League title. Although that may not only depend on how many is “some” but who manages them, one player who will be crucial to the future is surely Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. Arsene Wenger waves to the fans before the match Credit: Reuters Wenger’s final signing, if it was his decision, and most expensive ever signing scored the only goal, and it means he has struck 10 times in just 13 league games since he arrived in January for £56 million. The goal was also one that will have delighted Wenger as it was constructed through a slick passing move involving Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Alexandre Lacazette, with the latter sliding the ball through to Aaron Ramsey who prodded it across goal for Aubameyang to force home. Arsene Wenger's replacement at Arsenal That was tough on Huddersfield who should have scored through Steve Mounie, with a header, and Tom Ince, who ballooned over, but it did not detract from the celebratory atmosphere. However, there may be a pang of alarm from their supporters in the non-committal way manager David Wagner later spoke about his own future, having kept the club up against the odds. Fans hold up a Arsene Wenger banner Credit: Getty Club owner Dean Hoyle had taken to the pitch at half-time to suggest Wagner would stay, but the German later said simply that the chairman was putting “pressure” on himself with that declaration. Time will soon tell. THE BOSS ❤️#MerciArsènepic.twitter.com/ThKzyCGKRw— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 13, 2018 Huddersfield goalkeeper Jonas Lossl made smart saves from Lacazette and substitute Danny Welbeck while as they made most of the running, Huddersfield went closest when Aaron Mooy clipped the top of the cross-bar, and substitute Laurent Depoitre did not gain enough power with a header. Arsenal in a league of their own... pic.twitter.com/o0oP3Xxfbj— Charlie Eccleshare (@CDEccleshare) May 13, 2018 The result also meant that, at the eighth attempt, Arsenal did not maintain their unwanted record of being the only team in English football to collect just a point away from home in 2018. “I’m very proud, I’ve contributed a little bit,” Wenger said as he departed. “I’ve given some good moments to people who love the club. #classy #nicetouch Credit: Reuters “I don’t know what will stay or remain through the victories or defeats. I think what will remain is the formidable human aspect of the last 22 years – that is special, and I will cherish.” And rightly so. Plane truth: a banner for Arsene Credit: Getty 4:58PM Farewell, then, Arsene Wenger You were a brilliant manager and a good person. You transformed English football. You invented pasta. You produced a couple of amazing teams. You stayed too long. You have our thanks and our best wishes. And we now have a match report. Marouane Chamakh's hair mousse, Sumo wrestling and social anthropology - my time covering Arsene Wenger @JWTelegraphhttps://t.co/KkTKN00Ksr— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) May 13, 2018 4:57PM More banners! #classy #nicetouch Credit: Reuters 4:52PM Full time: Huddersfield 0 Arsenal 1 Arsene Wenger signs off with that rarest of commodities: an away win! Arsene Wenger bows down to Arsenal's travelling fans https://t.co/3CzXxUfDwDpic.twitter.com/ahnUinnfAn— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) May 13, 2018 4:51PM 90+ mins The ball is played in. A Huddersfield player gets a head on it, Ospina bravely gathers and gets a whack in the process. He's stopped it on the line. For a second there is a suggestion that it was over the line, but no. Bit of bad feeling from the players about the challenge on the keeper, and there's a booking. But it is no goal. 4:49PM 90+ mins We are going to have three minutes added. Arsenal fans singing about Arsene. It looks like we are going to have one final play... Huddersfield with a freekick 4:45PM 87 mins Hadergjonaj chests it through and Mooy unloads with a sizzling volley. It hits the bar. Why are you trying to ruin the boss' farewell, Aaron Mooy? �� The Huddersfield midfielder smashes one at goal... but thankfully it clips the bar on its way over#HTFCvAFC �� 0-1 ⚫️ (88) pic.twitter.com/WLGTlPpoFn— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 13, 2018 4:45PM 85 mins Dean Whitehead, who is retiring, comes on. Dean Whitehead makes way. 4:44PM 83 mins Xhaka nearly caps the Wenger era in unfitting fashion, but his long-range screamer goes wide. 4:39PM 81 mins Galloping run from Welbeck, but his decision making lets him down and he thumps the ball straight at the on-rushing keeper. 4:37PM 79 mins Mkhitaryan and Lacazette are through! Perfect ball from Mkhi, ut Lacazette tries to chip the keeper, and Lossl has read him like a comic. Easy grab in the end. 4:36PM 77 mins A corner into the box and that man Mounie has yet again got above his opponents. Cannot get the header on target. He goes down with cramp and, in fact, Wagner is now taking him off. Arsenal's defenders will be glad to see the back of him! 4:33PM 75 mins Ramsey and now Welbeck get chances to deliver balls in, but not able to find the pass. 4:30PM 72 mins Mounie now gets to work on Monreal. He's clattered in to him as they slide for the ball, and is now wrestling with him. 4:29PM 71 mins Arsene shuffles his pack for the last time. Maitland-Niles comes on, Iwobi off. 4:28PM 70 mins It is all Huddersfield, which isn't to say that Arsenal cannot do them on the break, but the pressure is all coming from the home side. They have a corner. Played short... back in... Mounie! No, that header is well wide. 4:25PM 66 mins Danny Welbeck and Nacho Monreal on. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Sead Kolasinac off. I guess Ospina is okay to carry on. He looks a bit sore. 4:24PM 65 mins Deep cross into the Arsenal box, Ospina gathers and gets clattered for his trouble. 4:23PM 64 mins Huddersfield really putting it up to Arsenal now. Mounie breaks, is fouled by Holding and advantage is played, not sure if it really helped their cause. 4:23PM 62 mins Hadergjonaj with an effort. 4:22PM 60 mins Tom Ince has run his race. Laurent Depoitre comes on. 4:17PM 59 mins Mooy with a nice crossfield switch, Pritchard with a reverse pass.... Ince runs onto the ball and cracks a low shot. Good save Ospina! 4:16PM 58 mins Rapier move from Arsenal makes Huddersfield look very lumpen. 4:15PM 57 mins Mooy has had a smack on the conker. There is some blood. 4:14PM 55 mins Huddersfield are clearly from the "if you don't buy a ticket..." school of thought. But they keep failing to hit the target. Alex Pritchard drills one over. 4:12PM 54 mins Ospina has hurt his foot/leg and is limping around gingerly. Ooh, fun! Will we see a lesser-spotted keeper? Matt Macey is the goalie on the bench. 4:10PM 52 mins Mounie attempts a bicycle kick. It is not a success. Florent Hadergjona has a go from the edge of the box. 4:10PM 51 mins Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang attempts to #turn #provider but crosses it straight into the keeper's arms. 4:07PM 48 mins Oh no, this is more familiar: individual error by Holding lets Mounie in. The bounce of the ball doesn't go in his favour. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang certainly has made a flying start to his PL career. Alan Shearer (Blackburn Rovers, 1992/93): 16 (12 goals, 4 assists) Micky Quinn (Coventry City, 1992/93): 16 (14 goals, 2 assists) Kevin Phillips (Sunderland, 1999/2000): 15 (13 goals, 2 assists) Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Arsenal, 2017/18): 14 (10 goals, 4 assists) Sergio Aguero (Manchester City, 2011/12): 14 (11 goals, 3 assists) Papiss Cisse (Newcastle United, 2011/12): 14 (13 goals, 1 assist) 4:05PM 47 mins Glory be, some muscular and competent defending from Arsenal! Mooy with a nice cross, Mounie is looking to get up but the Arsenal central defence block him off. 4:02PM 46 mins Second half is underway. What will it bring for Arsene and his team? 3:59PM A good day for fans of "nice touch". #nicetouch #nice #touch We're not crying, you are#MerciArsènepic.twitter.com/fjS2tbJUnz— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 13, 2018 3:58PM Tributes There was a sweet tribute to Arsene on 22 minutes (marking his 22 years) as both sets of fans rose to applaud. Fans asked him for a wave and he delivered. Arsene Wenger waves to the fans before the match Credit: Reuters 3:48PM Half time: Huddersfield 0 Arsenal 1 Arsene strides off to give his last half-time talk. A low-impact fixture, his side were a bit sloppy in the first 20, and Huddersfield had the better of it. The one moment of real forward quality came from Aubameyang, whose excellent movement took him into the six-yard box for a tap-in. 3:46PM Lingo bingo This "au revoir" and "merci" Arsene thing: he's been here 22 years. Wouldn't cheerio and cheers be better?— Paul Hayward (@_PaulHayward) May 13, 2018 3:46PM A nice gift from AW to his successor Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has become the fastest Arsenal player in history to reach 10 PL goals, taking him just 13 games to reach that tally. Congratulations, @Aubameyang7! #afcpic.twitter.com/25HTW3Piuq— afcstuff (@afcstuff) May 13, 2018 3:44PM 40 mins Arsenal looking a lot more confident now. HTFC had much the better of things in the first quarter. 3:39PM GOAL! Arsenal have scored And it is Aubameyang (38) YESSSSS AUBA!#HTFCvAFC �� 0-1 ⚫️ (38) pic.twitter.com/JC5H8JHfVI— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 13, 2018 Alexandre Lacazette slides it to Aaron Ramsey on the left. His low cross is on a silver plate for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who slots it away neatly. 3:35PM 33 mins This is a bit more like it! Passionate, aggressive sliding tackle from Terence Kongolo on Aubameyang, who was haring after a ball from Alex Iwobi. 3:33PM 31 mins Affable encounter, both sides happy to let each other take a touch and have a go at attacking. A bit like a game in the park after two cans. 3:31PM 28 mins Read an article by Sam Wallace earlier about players' wages. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang featured. Becoz eeez worf eeet. He really isn't. Anyhow. Here come Arsenal. Mkhi with lash at goal. Deflected for a corner. Arsenal's third such. Comes to nothing. 3:28PM 26 mins Arsenal go close. A corner, a flicked header, and Kolasinac stabs it wide at the back post. 3:25PM 22 mins Huddersfield fans: "You wanted him out, you wanted him out, you two-faced b*******, you wanted him out."#afc fans: "Herbert Chapman, he left 'cos you're s***."— James Olley (@JamesOlley) May 13, 2018 Applause from all corners of the ground to mark Wenger's 22 years. Pure class from #htafc fans, standing to applaud Wenger on 22 minutes, celebrating his 22 years at #afc. Whole stadium stands. Wenger steps from dug-out and waves his thanks.— Henry Winter (@henrywinter) May 13, 2018 Asked to "give us a wave", he does. Minute 22: the whole stadium rises as one to give the boss a standing ovation That's class from you, @htafcdotcom - thanks, we appreciate it ��#HTFCvAFC �� 0-0 ⚫️ (22) pic.twitter.com/egqQD3vAfV— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 13, 2018 3:21PM 19 mins Henrikh Mkhitaryan tries to get the freekick over the wall, but only manages to hit someone in the knee. A pathetic dead ball attempt. He wins an ill-deserved corner. That comes to little. 3:20PM 18 mins Arsenal break, but give it away. Now another break from the visitors. Sead Kolasinac , for some reason, decides he's going to try and beat the whole team. Chopped down on the edge of the area by Mathias Jorgensen. 3:18PM 14 mins Ince again! Another shot, this one wide. Arsenal haven't turned up at all and a team with better strikers than Huddersfield would be up by now. 3:15PM Plane speaking An airplane flies over the stadium with a message to Arsene Wenger Credit: Getty 3:14PM 10 mins Unless his spineless team wake up, old Mr W is going to be signing off with a defeat. They're getting opened up with ease here. Alex Pritchard gallopes onto a long ball. He clips it back for Ince, who should have done a lot better from 10 or so yards out. Wellied it over the bar. 3:10PM 9 mins Mounie, who is bullying these Arsenal boys, gets up for a header and crunches Mustafi. Delay while he gets attention. 3:09PM Thanks Fans hold up a Arsene Wenger banner Credit: Getty 3:07PM 5 mins A plane flies over the stadium with a 'Merci Arsene' banner. But the manager's attention is now focused on the Arsenal penalty area. A corner. Mounie again gets up above the defence. Heads it down at goal. Blocked. And a follow up! Christopher Schindler's struck that well, but Arsenal scramble clear. 3:04PM 3 mins But we have our first chance now, as Huddersfield get down the right. Cross in, Moune gets up, and he works the keeper with a header. 3:04PM 2 mins It's a happy occasion for the Huddersfield fans, able to go into the last day knowing that they will definitely be staying up. A friendly atmosphere so far. 3:02PM 1 mins Kick off. It's a nice day up in Hudders. 2:49PM Gifts aplenty �� Head Coach David Wagner presented Arsène Wenger with a special gift from #htafc ahead of today’s @premierleague match (AT) pic.twitter.com/AhIjPmbUtU— Huddersfield Town (@htafcdotcom) May 13, 2018 2:42PM Oh happy day Let's make sure we get our 716th and final win of the Wenger era#MerciArsènepic.twitter.com/5GSNIfNvXp— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 13, 2018 2:25PM It has finished 5-5 at Easter Road Just incredible. Right then. To business. 2:20PM Le Boss THE BOSS ❤️#MerciArsènepic.twitter.com/ThKzyCGKRw— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 13, 2018 2:18PM Brilliant piece on Arsene Wenger A generous, open-hearted article by a generous, open-hearted writer on a generous, open-hearted man. I commend this to you. Marouane Chamakh's hair mousse, Sumo wrestling and social anthropology - my time covering Arsene Wenger @JWTelegraphhttps://t.co/KkTKN00Ksr— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) May 13, 2018 2:12PM The age of Huddersfield For some reason, having not blogged Huddersfield all season, I have done them three times in a week. And what a week it has been for them: they went to Man City and Chelsea and got a point on both occasions, ensuring their Premier League status in the process. It's Wenger's 1235th and final match in charge of Arsenal Credit: Getty Images 2:10PM Those teams in full Huddersfield: Lossl, Hadergjonaj, Jorgensen, Schindler, Kongolo, Lowe, Pritchard, Mooy, Hogg, Ince, Mounie. Subs: Smith, Whitehead, Billing, Sabiri, Coleman, Depoitre, Stankovic. Arsenal: Ospina, Bellerin, Holding, Mustafi, Kolasinac, Iwobi, Xhaka, Ramsey, Mkhitaryan, Lacazette, Aubameyang. Subs: Mertesacker, Monreal, Welbeck, Maitland-Niles, Macey, Nketiah, Willock. Referee: Michael Oliver (Northumberland) 2:08PM If you'd like to keep abreast of the other action in the Premier League today, this is our live clockwatch megablog. 2:07PM The game of the season is currently on at Easter Road. Hibs 4 Rangers 5. Hibs were 3-0 up in 22 minutes. Rangers made it 3-3 by 40 minutes. Sensational entertainment. 2:03PM Huddersfield TEAM NEWS with @ViessmannUK: David Wagner has made four changes to #htafc’s starting XI for today’s @premierleague season-finale against @Arsenal. ➡️ @pritch_93, Tom Ince, Steve Mounié & @FloHadergjonaj ⬅️ Tommy Smith, @BillingPhilip, @vanlaparra17 & @laudepoitre (AT) pic.twitter.com/QnIJJKPn5n— Huddersfield Town (@htafcdotcom) May 13, 2018 2:02PM Arsenal team Here it is - our final starting XI under Arsène Wenger#MerciArsène#HTFCvAFCpic.twitter.com/eDuANvewsA— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 13, 2018 2:02PM Here come the teams for Arsene Wenger's last game. 2:01PM And Roma are also sending their best One year ago this month, there were many tears as #ASRoma fans said an emotional goodbye to @Totti after 25 years playing for his boyhood club. To coach the same team for 22 years is an incredible achievement. Good luck in your final game in charge of @Arsenal, Arsène Wenger. �� pic.twitter.com/9TPxyiEs6z— AS Roma English (@ASRomaEN) May 13, 2018 1:56PM Good afternoon Tyers here, happy to bring you news of the final day of the season, specifically Arsenal's trip to Huddersfield. The Terriers have given Arsene a generous welcome to the ground. What a nice reception for the boss ahead of his final game �� Fair play, @htafcdotcom ��#MerciArsènepic.twitter.com/iWfDrxrz9L— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 13, 2018 1:55PM Our preview What is it? It's the final game of the season for Huddersfield and Arsenal and, more significantly, the last in Arsene Wenger's 22-reign as Arsenal manager. When is it? It's on Sunday May 13 - ie today. What time is kick-off? It's a 3pm BST start. What TV channel is it on? It's not, unfortunately. Despite being Wenger's final game in charge of Arsenal, Sky Sports have opted to show the games at Liverpool and Newcastle instead. Arsenal fans wave farewell to Arsene Wenger at the Emirates - in pictures What is the team news? Huddersfield Town Huddersfield boss David Wagner will select from an unchanged squad for his side's last Premier League game of the season at home against Arsenal. Wagner has no new injuries following Wednesday night's draw at Chelsea, which secured them another season in the top flight. Tom Ince is hoping to feature after recovering from a hamstring injury, while Michael Hefele (knee), Elias Kachunga and Danny Williams (both ankle) remain sidelined. Provisional squad: Lossl, Kongolo, Schindler, Jorgensen, Hadergjonaj, Hogg, Mooy, Van La Parra, Pritchard, Ince, Quaner, Mounie, Malone, Depoitre, Billing, Coleman, Lowe, Smith. Arsenal Arsenal will be without the suspended Konstantinos Mavropanos for Arsene Wenger's final game as manager when the Gunners travel to Huddersfield on the last day of the Premier League season. The young defender was shown a straight red card in Wednesday's 3-1 loss at Leicester and will be forced to sit out the game in West Yorkshire having started the Gunners' last three league matches. Mesut Ozil (back), Mohamed Elneny (ankle), Laurent Koscielny and Santi Cazorla (both Achilles) are also missing but the likes of Alexandre Lacazette and Jack Wilshere could return after sitting out in midweek. Provisional squad: Cech, Ospina, Bellerin, Holding, Mustafi, Chambers, Mertesacker, Monreal, Nelson, Kolasinac, Maitland-Niles, Xhaka, Willock, Wilshere, Ramsey, Iwobi, Mkhitaryan, Welbeck, Lacazette, Nketiah, Aubameyang. What are they saying? David Wagner on Arsene Wenger "I can't imagine that this can happen again, so this only shows he has done something extraordinary," Wagner said. "Words don't describe enough how big this achievement is which he has done for his football club and football in this country. "I'm so happy that we are able to host him in his last Premier League game after 22 years, that we are able to host him in these circumstances, we really can give him all the honour and all the attention he deserves. "This is possible after our last result on Wednesday and we as a football club will do it. We have the biggest respect for what he has done and we're happy we play our last game against him." Best-priced accumulators | New customer offers Wenger on the Emirates "We had to do it," he said, when asked if he would take back the stadium move in exchange for trophies. "There is no club that can turn people who wanted to attend the game down. At the time I thought we were a bit too ambitious with 60,000 (capacity) but at the end of the day it worked," he said. "It's not really happened because other clubs have used outside resources. We had a double handicap. We had to pay back the debt and had to face the competition where clubs have even more resources than they usually have. "I believe Highbury had a special spirit. It's a cathedral, a church. You could smell the soul of every guy that played there. So it was special. It will always be special for me. "The Emirates for me was like buying a new house. It took us a while to feel at home there. It's a fantastic stadium - but there was something special at Highbury that you could never recreate when you build something new. What are the odds? Huddersfield 19/4 Arsenal - 4/7 Draw - 18/5 What's our prediction? Jason Burt: There is nothing riding on Arsene Wenger’s last match in charge of Arsenal except for one thing – can he really end the season as the only manager in English football not to gain any points away from home in 2018? Surely the Arsenal players will not let that happen while Huddersfield, safe from relegation, may still be on that party bus. Prediction: 1-3
To the end, there was dignity and, to use one of his favourite words, , humanity to Arsene Wenger as he bowed out,quite literally, as Arsenal manager after 22 years, 1,235 games and this, his 707th victory. One-nil to the Arsenal, in fact, although that was never a scoreline he cherished or that was associated with him. There was sentimentality, too – and why not as Wenger spoke of the appropriateness of Huddersfield Town being his final opponent in what otherwise was an inconsequential fixture? “Herbert Chapman, maybe our greatest manager, came from here,” Wenger said. “For me to come here on the last day had a special meaning when you know the history of our club. In fact, there was a photo just in front of the dressing room where Chapman smiled at me because he was on the photo.” Chapman smiling down on Wenger is certainly some romantic image, one that resonates powerfully for all Arsenal fans. Chapman was Huddersfield’s greatest manager, in their golden period in the 1920s when they won league titles, with three stars adorning their shirts, and were such a force in English football that he was poached by Arsenal and transformed them too. For 22 years, for 1,235 games, for 49, 49 undefeated, for 7 FA Cups, for 3 @PremierLeague titles, for two Doubles, for winning the league at Old Trafford and White Hart Lane, for Wengerball, for the Invincibles, for your total love and devotion, we want to say... #MerciArsène❤️ pic.twitter.com/xkRXjLAid2— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 13, 2018 Chapman revolutionised the role of the manager, making him more powerful in an era when decisions were made by committee. Privately, Wenger might ruefully consider the wheel is turning full circle away from his profession, given the nature of his departure, as he first walked past the bust of Chapman at the entrance to the John Smith Stadium, then the photograph before he took to the pitch to be met by a guard of honour. Before kick-off, Wenger strode towards the travelling Arsenal supporters and bowed to them, later saying it was a spontaneous act of appreciation. “We had disagreements, which I accept, but we had one thing in common: we loved Arsenal Football Club, and I wanted to share that with them,” he said. Thanks for the 22 years Credit: PA Wenger went to the away dug-out an hour before the game to get some “oxygen”. “It’s difficult to understand when you don’t know how deep the love is for the game [in England],” Wenger said. “It was a fantastic experience for me. Where do I go from there? That’s the difficulty. When you’ve experienced this intensity for such a long time, I don’t know where I go. I’ll remain a fan wherever I go.” Wenger will now look forward to the next phase of his career and his life. The 68-year-old has already divulged he has had many offers and confirmed that they included Premier League clubs. “Yes, I had offers, yes, of course,” he said, “but at the moment, I have not said anything to anybody. I came out of a long process and you cannot just the next morning go somewhere else. It’s impossible.” But could he manage against Arsenal? “I’m not ready for that at the moment,” Wenger said. “That would be very difficult, I’d stay at home that day. Maybe, I don’t envisage that at the moment. Maybe it’s better I go somewhere else.” He suggested that Arsenal are only “some additions” away from competing for the Premier League title. Although that may not only depend on how many is “some” but who manages them, one player who will be crucial to the future is surely Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. Arsene Wenger waves to the fans before the match Credit: Reuters Wenger’s final signing, if it was his decision, and most expensive ever signing scored the only goal, and it means he has struck 10 times in just 13 league games since he arrived in January for £56 million. The goal was also one that will have delighted Wenger as it was constructed through a slick passing move involving Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Alexandre Lacazette, with the latter sliding the ball through to Aaron Ramsey who prodded it across goal for Aubameyang to force home. Arsene Wenger's replacement at Arsenal That was tough on Huddersfield who should have scored through Steve Mounie, with a header, and Tom Ince, who ballooned over, but it did not detract from the celebratory atmosphere. However, there may be a pang of alarm from their supporters in the non-committal way manager David Wagner later spoke about his own future, having kept the club up against the odds. Fans hold up a Arsene Wenger banner Credit: Getty Club owner Dean Hoyle had taken to the pitch at half-time to suggest Wagner would stay, but the German later said simply that the chairman was putting “pressure” on himself with that declaration. Time will soon tell. THE BOSS ❤️#MerciArsènepic.twitter.com/ThKzyCGKRw— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 13, 2018 Huddersfield goalkeeper Jonas Lossl made smart saves from Lacazette and substitute Danny Welbeck while as they made most of the running, Huddersfield went closest when Aaron Mooy clipped the top of the cross-bar, and substitute Laurent Depoitre did not gain enough power with a header. Arsenal in a league of their own... pic.twitter.com/o0oP3Xxfbj— Charlie Eccleshare (@CDEccleshare) May 13, 2018 The result also meant that, at the eighth attempt, Arsenal did not maintain their unwanted record of being the only team in English football to collect just a point away from home in 2018. “I’m very proud, I’ve contributed a little bit,” Wenger said as he departed. “I’ve given some good moments to people who love the club. #classy #nicetouch Credit: Reuters “I don’t know what will stay or remain through the victories or defeats. I think what will remain is the formidable human aspect of the last 22 years – that is special, and I will cherish.” And rightly so. Plane truth: a banner for Arsene Credit: Getty 4:58PM Farewell, then, Arsene Wenger You were a brilliant manager and a good person. You transformed English football. You invented pasta. You produced a couple of amazing teams. You stayed too long. You have our thanks and our best wishes. And we now have a match report. Marouane Chamakh's hair mousse, Sumo wrestling and social anthropology - my time covering Arsene Wenger @JWTelegraphhttps://t.co/KkTKN00Ksr— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) May 13, 2018 4:57PM More banners! #classy #nicetouch Credit: Reuters 4:52PM Full time: Huddersfield 0 Arsenal 1 Arsene Wenger signs off with that rarest of commodities: an away win! Arsene Wenger bows down to Arsenal's travelling fans https://t.co/3CzXxUfDwDpic.twitter.com/ahnUinnfAn— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) May 13, 2018 4:51PM 90+ mins The ball is played in. A Huddersfield player gets a head on it, Ospina bravely gathers and gets a whack in the process. He's stopped it on the line. For a second there is a suggestion that it was over the line, but no. Bit of bad feeling from the players about the challenge on the keeper, and there's a booking. But it is no goal. 4:49PM 90+ mins We are going to have three minutes added. Arsenal fans singing about Arsene. It looks like we are going to have one final play... Huddersfield with a freekick 4:45PM 87 mins Hadergjonaj chests it through and Mooy unloads with a sizzling volley. It hits the bar. Why are you trying to ruin the boss' farewell, Aaron Mooy? �� The Huddersfield midfielder smashes one at goal... but thankfully it clips the bar on its way over#HTFCvAFC �� 0-1 ⚫️ (88) pic.twitter.com/WLGTlPpoFn— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 13, 2018 4:45PM 85 mins Dean Whitehead, who is retiring, comes on. Dean Whitehead makes way. 4:44PM 83 mins Xhaka nearly caps the Wenger era in unfitting fashion, but his long-range screamer goes wide. 4:39PM 81 mins Galloping run from Welbeck, but his decision making lets him down and he thumps the ball straight at the on-rushing keeper. 4:37PM 79 mins Mkhitaryan and Lacazette are through! Perfect ball from Mkhi, ut Lacazette tries to chip the keeper, and Lossl has read him like a comic. Easy grab in the end. 4:36PM 77 mins A corner into the box and that man Mounie has yet again got above his opponents. Cannot get the header on target. He goes down with cramp and, in fact, Wagner is now taking him off. Arsenal's defenders will be glad to see the back of him! 4:33PM 75 mins Ramsey and now Welbeck get chances to deliver balls in, but not able to find the pass. 4:30PM 72 mins Mounie now gets to work on Monreal. He's clattered in to him as they slide for the ball, and is now wrestling with him. 4:29PM 71 mins Arsene shuffles his pack for the last time. Maitland-Niles comes on, Iwobi off. 4:28PM 70 mins It is all Huddersfield, which isn't to say that Arsenal cannot do them on the break, but the pressure is all coming from the home side. They have a corner. Played short... back in... Mounie! No, that header is well wide. 4:25PM 66 mins Danny Welbeck and Nacho Monreal on. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Sead Kolasinac off. I guess Ospina is okay to carry on. He looks a bit sore. 4:24PM 65 mins Deep cross into the Arsenal box, Ospina gathers and gets clattered for his trouble. 4:23PM 64 mins Huddersfield really putting it up to Arsenal now. Mounie breaks, is fouled by Holding and advantage is played, not sure if it really helped their cause. 4:23PM 62 mins Hadergjonaj with an effort. 4:22PM 60 mins Tom Ince has run his race. Laurent Depoitre comes on. 4:17PM 59 mins Mooy with a nice crossfield switch, Pritchard with a reverse pass.... Ince runs onto the ball and cracks a low shot. Good save Ospina! 4:16PM 58 mins Rapier move from Arsenal makes Huddersfield look very lumpen. 4:15PM 57 mins Mooy has had a smack on the conker. There is some blood. 4:14PM 55 mins Huddersfield are clearly from the "if you don't buy a ticket..." school of thought. But they keep failing to hit the target. Alex Pritchard drills one over. 4:12PM 54 mins Ospina has hurt his foot/leg and is limping around gingerly. Ooh, fun! Will we see a lesser-spotted keeper? Matt Macey is the goalie on the bench. 4:10PM 52 mins Mounie attempts a bicycle kick. It is not a success. Florent Hadergjona has a go from the edge of the box. 4:10PM 51 mins Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang attempts to #turn #provider but crosses it straight into the keeper's arms. 4:07PM 48 mins Oh no, this is more familiar: individual error by Holding lets Mounie in. The bounce of the ball doesn't go in his favour. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang certainly has made a flying start to his PL career. Alan Shearer (Blackburn Rovers, 1992/93): 16 (12 goals, 4 assists) Micky Quinn (Coventry City, 1992/93): 16 (14 goals, 2 assists) Kevin Phillips (Sunderland, 1999/2000): 15 (13 goals, 2 assists) Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Arsenal, 2017/18): 14 (10 goals, 4 assists) Sergio Aguero (Manchester City, 2011/12): 14 (11 goals, 3 assists) Papiss Cisse (Newcastle United, 2011/12): 14 (13 goals, 1 assist) 4:05PM 47 mins Glory be, some muscular and competent defending from Arsenal! Mooy with a nice cross, Mounie is looking to get up but the Arsenal central defence block him off. 4:02PM 46 mins Second half is underway. What will it bring for Arsene and his team? 3:59PM A good day for fans of "nice touch". #nicetouch #nice #touch We're not crying, you are#MerciArsènepic.twitter.com/fjS2tbJUnz— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 13, 2018 3:58PM Tributes There was a sweet tribute to Arsene on 22 minutes (marking his 22 years) as both sets of fans rose to applaud. Fans asked him for a wave and he delivered. Arsene Wenger waves to the fans before the match Credit: Reuters 3:48PM Half time: Huddersfield 0 Arsenal 1 Arsene strides off to give his last half-time talk. A low-impact fixture, his side were a bit sloppy in the first 20, and Huddersfield had the better of it. The one moment of real forward quality came from Aubameyang, whose excellent movement took him into the six-yard box for a tap-in. 3:46PM Lingo bingo This "au revoir" and "merci" Arsene thing: he's been here 22 years. Wouldn't cheerio and cheers be better?— Paul Hayward (@_PaulHayward) May 13, 2018 3:46PM A nice gift from AW to his successor Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has become the fastest Arsenal player in history to reach 10 PL goals, taking him just 13 games to reach that tally. Congratulations, @Aubameyang7! #afcpic.twitter.com/25HTW3Piuq— afcstuff (@afcstuff) May 13, 2018 3:44PM 40 mins Arsenal looking a lot more confident now. HTFC had much the better of things in the first quarter. 3:39PM GOAL! Arsenal have scored And it is Aubameyang (38) YESSSSS AUBA!#HTFCvAFC �� 0-1 ⚫️ (38) pic.twitter.com/JC5H8JHfVI— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 13, 2018 Alexandre Lacazette slides it to Aaron Ramsey on the left. His low cross is on a silver plate for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who slots it away neatly. 3:35PM 33 mins This is a bit more like it! Passionate, aggressive sliding tackle from Terence Kongolo on Aubameyang, who was haring after a ball from Alex Iwobi. 3:33PM 31 mins Affable encounter, both sides happy to let each other take a touch and have a go at attacking. A bit like a game in the park after two cans. 3:31PM 28 mins Read an article by Sam Wallace earlier about players' wages. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang featured. Becoz eeez worf eeet. He really isn't. Anyhow. Here come Arsenal. Mkhi with lash at goal. Deflected for a corner. Arsenal's third such. Comes to nothing. 3:28PM 26 mins Arsenal go close. A corner, a flicked header, and Kolasinac stabs it wide at the back post. 3:25PM 22 mins Huddersfield fans: "You wanted him out, you wanted him out, you two-faced b*******, you wanted him out."#afc fans: "Herbert Chapman, he left 'cos you're s***."— James Olley (@JamesOlley) May 13, 2018 Applause from all corners of the ground to mark Wenger's 22 years. Pure class from #htafc fans, standing to applaud Wenger on 22 minutes, celebrating his 22 years at #afc. Whole stadium stands. Wenger steps from dug-out and waves his thanks.— Henry Winter (@henrywinter) May 13, 2018 Asked to "give us a wave", he does. Minute 22: the whole stadium rises as one to give the boss a standing ovation That's class from you, @htafcdotcom - thanks, we appreciate it ��#HTFCvAFC �� 0-0 ⚫️ (22) pic.twitter.com/egqQD3vAfV— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 13, 2018 3:21PM 19 mins Henrikh Mkhitaryan tries to get the freekick over the wall, but only manages to hit someone in the knee. A pathetic dead ball attempt. He wins an ill-deserved corner. That comes to little. 3:20PM 18 mins Arsenal break, but give it away. Now another break from the visitors. Sead Kolasinac , for some reason, decides he's going to try and beat the whole team. Chopped down on the edge of the area by Mathias Jorgensen. 3:18PM 14 mins Ince again! Another shot, this one wide. Arsenal haven't turned up at all and a team with better strikers than Huddersfield would be up by now. 3:15PM Plane speaking An airplane flies over the stadium with a message to Arsene Wenger Credit: Getty 3:14PM 10 mins Unless his spineless team wake up, old Mr W is going to be signing off with a defeat. They're getting opened up with ease here. Alex Pritchard gallopes onto a long ball. He clips it back for Ince, who should have done a lot better from 10 or so yards out. Wellied it over the bar. 3:10PM 9 mins Mounie, who is bullying these Arsenal boys, gets up for a header and crunches Mustafi. Delay while he gets attention. 3:09PM Thanks Fans hold up a Arsene Wenger banner Credit: Getty 3:07PM 5 mins A plane flies over the stadium with a 'Merci Arsene' banner. But the manager's attention is now focused on the Arsenal penalty area. A corner. Mounie again gets up above the defence. Heads it down at goal. Blocked. And a follow up! Christopher Schindler's struck that well, but Arsenal scramble clear. 3:04PM 3 mins But we have our first chance now, as Huddersfield get down the right. Cross in, Moune gets up, and he works the keeper with a header. 3:04PM 2 mins It's a happy occasion for the Huddersfield fans, able to go into the last day knowing that they will definitely be staying up. A friendly atmosphere so far. 3:02PM 1 mins Kick off. It's a nice day up in Hudders. 2:49PM Gifts aplenty �� Head Coach David Wagner presented Arsène Wenger with a special gift from #htafc ahead of today’s @premierleague match (AT) pic.twitter.com/AhIjPmbUtU— Huddersfield Town (@htafcdotcom) May 13, 2018 2:42PM Oh happy day Let's make sure we get our 716th and final win of the Wenger era#MerciArsènepic.twitter.com/5GSNIfNvXp— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 13, 2018 2:25PM It has finished 5-5 at Easter Road Just incredible. Right then. To business. 2:20PM Le Boss THE BOSS ❤️#MerciArsènepic.twitter.com/ThKzyCGKRw— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 13, 2018 2:18PM Brilliant piece on Arsene Wenger A generous, open-hearted article by a generous, open-hearted writer on a generous, open-hearted man. I commend this to you. Marouane Chamakh's hair mousse, Sumo wrestling and social anthropology - my time covering Arsene Wenger @JWTelegraphhttps://t.co/KkTKN00Ksr— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) May 13, 2018 2:12PM The age of Huddersfield For some reason, having not blogged Huddersfield all season, I have done them three times in a week. And what a week it has been for them: they went to Man City and Chelsea and got a point on both occasions, ensuring their Premier League status in the process. It's Wenger's 1235th and final match in charge of Arsenal Credit: Getty Images 2:10PM Those teams in full Huddersfield: Lossl, Hadergjonaj, Jorgensen, Schindler, Kongolo, Lowe, Pritchard, Mooy, Hogg, Ince, Mounie. Subs: Smith, Whitehead, Billing, Sabiri, Coleman, Depoitre, Stankovic. Arsenal: Ospina, Bellerin, Holding, Mustafi, Kolasinac, Iwobi, Xhaka, Ramsey, Mkhitaryan, Lacazette, Aubameyang. Subs: Mertesacker, Monreal, Welbeck, Maitland-Niles, Macey, Nketiah, Willock. Referee: Michael Oliver (Northumberland) 2:08PM If you'd like to keep abreast of the other action in the Premier League today, this is our live clockwatch megablog. 2:07PM The game of the season is currently on at Easter Road. Hibs 4 Rangers 5. Hibs were 3-0 up in 22 minutes. Rangers made it 3-3 by 40 minutes. Sensational entertainment. 2:03PM Huddersfield TEAM NEWS with @ViessmannUK: David Wagner has made four changes to #htafc’s starting XI for today’s @premierleague season-finale against @Arsenal. ➡️ @pritch_93, Tom Ince, Steve Mounié & @FloHadergjonaj ⬅️ Tommy Smith, @BillingPhilip, @vanlaparra17 & @laudepoitre (AT) pic.twitter.com/QnIJJKPn5n— Huddersfield Town (@htafcdotcom) May 13, 2018 2:02PM Arsenal team Here it is - our final starting XI under Arsène Wenger#MerciArsène#HTFCvAFCpic.twitter.com/eDuANvewsA— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 13, 2018 2:02PM Here come the teams for Arsene Wenger's last game. 2:01PM And Roma are also sending their best One year ago this month, there were many tears as #ASRoma fans said an emotional goodbye to @Totti after 25 years playing for his boyhood club. To coach the same team for 22 years is an incredible achievement. Good luck in your final game in charge of @Arsenal, Arsène Wenger. �� pic.twitter.com/9TPxyiEs6z— AS Roma English (@ASRomaEN) May 13, 2018 1:56PM Good afternoon Tyers here, happy to bring you news of the final day of the season, specifically Arsenal's trip to Huddersfield. The Terriers have given Arsene a generous welcome to the ground. What a nice reception for the boss ahead of his final game �� Fair play, @htafcdotcom ��#MerciArsènepic.twitter.com/iWfDrxrz9L— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 13, 2018 1:55PM Our preview What is it? It's the final game of the season for Huddersfield and Arsenal and, more significantly, the last in Arsene Wenger's 22-reign as Arsenal manager. When is it? It's on Sunday May 13 - ie today. What time is kick-off? It's a 3pm BST start. What TV channel is it on? It's not, unfortunately. Despite being Wenger's final game in charge of Arsenal, Sky Sports have opted to show the games at Liverpool and Newcastle instead. Arsenal fans wave farewell to Arsene Wenger at the Emirates - in pictures What is the team news? Huddersfield Town Huddersfield boss David Wagner will select from an unchanged squad for his side's last Premier League game of the season at home against Arsenal. Wagner has no new injuries following Wednesday night's draw at Chelsea, which secured them another season in the top flight. Tom Ince is hoping to feature after recovering from a hamstring injury, while Michael Hefele (knee), Elias Kachunga and Danny Williams (both ankle) remain sidelined. Provisional squad: Lossl, Kongolo, Schindler, Jorgensen, Hadergjonaj, Hogg, Mooy, Van La Parra, Pritchard, Ince, Quaner, Mounie, Malone, Depoitre, Billing, Coleman, Lowe, Smith. Arsenal Arsenal will be without the suspended Konstantinos Mavropanos for Arsene Wenger's final game as manager when the Gunners travel to Huddersfield on the last day of the Premier League season. The young defender was shown a straight red card in Wednesday's 3-1 loss at Leicester and will be forced to sit out the game in West Yorkshire having started the Gunners' last three league matches. Mesut Ozil (back), Mohamed Elneny (ankle), Laurent Koscielny and Santi Cazorla (both Achilles) are also missing but the likes of Alexandre Lacazette and Jack Wilshere could return after sitting out in midweek. Provisional squad: Cech, Ospina, Bellerin, Holding, Mustafi, Chambers, Mertesacker, Monreal, Nelson, Kolasinac, Maitland-Niles, Xhaka, Willock, Wilshere, Ramsey, Iwobi, Mkhitaryan, Welbeck, Lacazette, Nketiah, Aubameyang. What are they saying? David Wagner on Arsene Wenger "I can't imagine that this can happen again, so this only shows he has done something extraordinary," Wagner said. "Words don't describe enough how big this achievement is which he has done for his football club and football in this country. "I'm so happy that we are able to host him in his last Premier League game after 22 years, that we are able to host him in these circumstances, we really can give him all the honour and all the attention he deserves. "This is possible after our last result on Wednesday and we as a football club will do it. We have the biggest respect for what he has done and we're happy we play our last game against him." Best-priced accumulators | New customer offers Wenger on the Emirates "We had to do it," he said, when asked if he would take back the stadium move in exchange for trophies. "There is no club that can turn people who wanted to attend the game down. At the time I thought we were a bit too ambitious with 60,000 (capacity) but at the end of the day it worked," he said. "It's not really happened because other clubs have used outside resources. We had a double handicap. We had to pay back the debt and had to face the competition where clubs have even more resources than they usually have. "I believe Highbury had a special spirit. It's a cathedral, a church. You could smell the soul of every guy that played there. So it was special. It will always be special for me. "The Emirates for me was like buying a new house. It took us a while to feel at home there. It's a fantastic stadium - but there was something special at Highbury that you could never recreate when you build something new. What are the odds? Huddersfield 19/4 Arsenal - 4/7 Draw - 18/5 What's our prediction? Jason Burt: There is nothing riding on Arsene Wenger’s last match in charge of Arsenal except for one thing – can he really end the season as the only manager in English football not to gain any points away from home in 2018? Surely the Arsenal players will not let that happen while Huddersfield, safe from relegation, may still be on that party bus. Prediction: 1-3
Arsene Wenger signs off saying he 'had disagreements' with the fans: 'But we had one thing in common: we loved Arsenal FC'
To the end, there was dignity and, to use one of his favourite words, , humanity to Arsene Wenger as he bowed out,quite literally, as Arsenal manager after 22 years, 1,235 games and this, his 707th victory. One-nil to the Arsenal, in fact, although that was never a scoreline he cherished or that was associated with him. There was sentimentality, too – and why not as Wenger spoke of the appropriateness of Huddersfield Town being his final opponent in what otherwise was an inconsequential fixture? “Herbert Chapman, maybe our greatest manager, came from here,” Wenger said. “For me to come here on the last day had a special meaning when you know the history of our club. In fact, there was a photo just in front of the dressing room where Chapman smiled at me because he was on the photo.” Chapman smiling down on Wenger is certainly some romantic image, one that resonates powerfully for all Arsenal fans. Chapman was Huddersfield’s greatest manager, in their golden period in the 1920s when they won league titles, with three stars adorning their shirts, and were such a force in English football that he was poached by Arsenal and transformed them too. For 22 years, for 1,235 games, for 49, 49 undefeated, for 7 FA Cups, for 3 @PremierLeague titles, for two Doubles, for winning the league at Old Trafford and White Hart Lane, for Wengerball, for the Invincibles, for your total love and devotion, we want to say... #MerciArsène❤️ pic.twitter.com/xkRXjLAid2— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 13, 2018 Chapman revolutionised the role of the manager, making him more powerful in an era when decisions were made by committee. Privately, Wenger might ruefully consider the wheel is turning full circle away from his profession, given the nature of his departure, as he first walked past the bust of Chapman at the entrance to the John Smith Stadium, then the photograph before he took to the pitch to be met by a guard of honour. Before kick-off, Wenger strode towards the travelling Arsenal supporters and bowed to them, later saying it was a spontaneous act of appreciation. “We had disagreements, which I accept, but we had one thing in common: we loved Arsenal Football Club, and I wanted to share that with them,” he said. Thanks for the 22 years Credit: PA Wenger went to the away dug-out an hour before the game to get some “oxygen”. “It’s difficult to understand when you don’t know how deep the love is for the game [in England],” Wenger said. “It was a fantastic experience for me. Where do I go from there? That’s the difficulty. When you’ve experienced this intensity for such a long time, I don’t know where I go. I’ll remain a fan wherever I go.” Wenger will now look forward to the next phase of his career and his life. The 68-year-old has already divulged he has had many offers and confirmed that they included Premier League clubs. “Yes, I had offers, yes, of course,” he said, “but at the moment, I have not said anything to anybody. I came out of a long process and you cannot just the next morning go somewhere else. It’s impossible.” But could he manage against Arsenal? “I’m not ready for that at the moment,” Wenger said. “That would be very difficult, I’d stay at home that day. Maybe, I don’t envisage that at the moment. Maybe it’s better I go somewhere else.” He suggested that Arsenal are only “some additions” away from competing for the Premier League title. Although that may not only depend on how many is “some” but who manages them, one player who will be crucial to the future is surely Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. Arsene Wenger waves to the fans before the match Credit: Reuters Wenger’s final signing, if it was his decision, and most expensive ever signing scored the only goal, and it means he has struck 10 times in just 13 league games since he arrived in January for £56 million. The goal was also one that will have delighted Wenger as it was constructed through a slick passing move involving Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Alexandre Lacazette, with the latter sliding the ball through to Aaron Ramsey who prodded it across goal for Aubameyang to force home. Arsene Wenger's replacement at Arsenal That was tough on Huddersfield who should have scored through Steve Mounie, with a header, and Tom Ince, who ballooned over, but it did not detract from the celebratory atmosphere. However, there may be a pang of alarm from their supporters in the non-committal way manager David Wagner later spoke about his own future, having kept the club up against the odds. Fans hold up a Arsene Wenger banner Credit: Getty Club owner Dean Hoyle had taken to the pitch at half-time to suggest Wagner would stay, but the German later said simply that the chairman was putting “pressure” on himself with that declaration. Time will soon tell. THE BOSS ❤️#MerciArsènepic.twitter.com/ThKzyCGKRw— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 13, 2018 Huddersfield goalkeeper Jonas Lossl made smart saves from Lacazette and substitute Danny Welbeck while as they made most of the running, Huddersfield went closest when Aaron Mooy clipped the top of the cross-bar, and substitute Laurent Depoitre did not gain enough power with a header. Arsenal in a league of their own... pic.twitter.com/o0oP3Xxfbj— Charlie Eccleshare (@CDEccleshare) May 13, 2018 The result also meant that, at the eighth attempt, Arsenal did not maintain their unwanted record of being the only team in English football to collect just a point away from home in 2018. “I’m very proud, I’ve contributed a little bit,” Wenger said as he departed. “I’ve given some good moments to people who love the club. #classy #nicetouch Credit: Reuters “I don’t know what will stay or remain through the victories or defeats. I think what will remain is the formidable human aspect of the last 22 years – that is special, and I will cherish.” And rightly so. Plane truth: a banner for Arsene Credit: Getty 4:58PM Farewell, then, Arsene Wenger You were a brilliant manager and a good person. You transformed English football. You invented pasta. You produced a couple of amazing teams. You stayed too long. You have our thanks and our best wishes. And we now have a match report. Marouane Chamakh's hair mousse, Sumo wrestling and social anthropology - my time covering Arsene Wenger @JWTelegraphhttps://t.co/KkTKN00Ksr— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) May 13, 2018 4:57PM More banners! #classy #nicetouch Credit: Reuters 4:52PM Full time: Huddersfield 0 Arsenal 1 Arsene Wenger signs off with that rarest of commodities: an away win! Arsene Wenger bows down to Arsenal's travelling fans https://t.co/3CzXxUfDwDpic.twitter.com/ahnUinnfAn— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) May 13, 2018 4:51PM 90+ mins The ball is played in. A Huddersfield player gets a head on it, Ospina bravely gathers and gets a whack in the process. He's stopped it on the line. For a second there is a suggestion that it was over the line, but no. Bit of bad feeling from the players about the challenge on the keeper, and there's a booking. But it is no goal. 4:49PM 90+ mins We are going to have three minutes added. Arsenal fans singing about Arsene. It looks like we are going to have one final play... Huddersfield with a freekick 4:45PM 87 mins Hadergjonaj chests it through and Mooy unloads with a sizzling volley. It hits the bar. Why are you trying to ruin the boss' farewell, Aaron Mooy? �� The Huddersfield midfielder smashes one at goal... but thankfully it clips the bar on its way over#HTFCvAFC �� 0-1 ⚫️ (88) pic.twitter.com/WLGTlPpoFn— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 13, 2018 4:45PM 85 mins Dean Whitehead, who is retiring, comes on. Dean Whitehead makes way. 4:44PM 83 mins Xhaka nearly caps the Wenger era in unfitting fashion, but his long-range screamer goes wide. 4:39PM 81 mins Galloping run from Welbeck, but his decision making lets him down and he thumps the ball straight at the on-rushing keeper. 4:37PM 79 mins Mkhitaryan and Lacazette are through! Perfect ball from Mkhi, ut Lacazette tries to chip the keeper, and Lossl has read him like a comic. Easy grab in the end. 4:36PM 77 mins A corner into the box and that man Mounie has yet again got above his opponents. Cannot get the header on target. He goes down with cramp and, in fact, Wagner is now taking him off. Arsenal's defenders will be glad to see the back of him! 4:33PM 75 mins Ramsey and now Welbeck get chances to deliver balls in, but not able to find the pass. 4:30PM 72 mins Mounie now gets to work on Monreal. He's clattered in to him as they slide for the ball, and is now wrestling with him. 4:29PM 71 mins Arsene shuffles his pack for the last time. Maitland-Niles comes on, Iwobi off. 4:28PM 70 mins It is all Huddersfield, which isn't to say that Arsenal cannot do them on the break, but the pressure is all coming from the home side. They have a corner. Played short... back in... Mounie! No, that header is well wide. 4:25PM 66 mins Danny Welbeck and Nacho Monreal on. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Sead Kolasinac off. I guess Ospina is okay to carry on. He looks a bit sore. 4:24PM 65 mins Deep cross into the Arsenal box, Ospina gathers and gets clattered for his trouble. 4:23PM 64 mins Huddersfield really putting it up to Arsenal now. Mounie breaks, is fouled by Holding and advantage is played, not sure if it really helped their cause. 4:23PM 62 mins Hadergjonaj with an effort. 4:22PM 60 mins Tom Ince has run his race. Laurent Depoitre comes on. 4:17PM 59 mins Mooy with a nice crossfield switch, Pritchard with a reverse pass.... Ince runs onto the ball and cracks a low shot. Good save Ospina! 4:16PM 58 mins Rapier move from Arsenal makes Huddersfield look very lumpen. 4:15PM 57 mins Mooy has had a smack on the conker. There is some blood. 4:14PM 55 mins Huddersfield are clearly from the "if you don't buy a ticket..." school of thought. But they keep failing to hit the target. Alex Pritchard drills one over. 4:12PM 54 mins Ospina has hurt his foot/leg and is limping around gingerly. Ooh, fun! Will we see a lesser-spotted keeper? Matt Macey is the goalie on the bench. 4:10PM 52 mins Mounie attempts a bicycle kick. It is not a success. Florent Hadergjona has a go from the edge of the box. 4:10PM 51 mins Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang attempts to #turn #provider but crosses it straight into the keeper's arms. 4:07PM 48 mins Oh no, this is more familiar: individual error by Holding lets Mounie in. The bounce of the ball doesn't go in his favour. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang certainly has made a flying start to his PL career. Alan Shearer (Blackburn Rovers, 1992/93): 16 (12 goals, 4 assists) Micky Quinn (Coventry City, 1992/93): 16 (14 goals, 2 assists) Kevin Phillips (Sunderland, 1999/2000): 15 (13 goals, 2 assists) Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Arsenal, 2017/18): 14 (10 goals, 4 assists) Sergio Aguero (Manchester City, 2011/12): 14 (11 goals, 3 assists) Papiss Cisse (Newcastle United, 2011/12): 14 (13 goals, 1 assist) 4:05PM 47 mins Glory be, some muscular and competent defending from Arsenal! Mooy with a nice cross, Mounie is looking to get up but the Arsenal central defence block him off. 4:02PM 46 mins Second half is underway. What will it bring for Arsene and his team? 3:59PM A good day for fans of "nice touch". #nicetouch #nice #touch We're not crying, you are#MerciArsènepic.twitter.com/fjS2tbJUnz— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 13, 2018 3:58PM Tributes There was a sweet tribute to Arsene on 22 minutes (marking his 22 years) as both sets of fans rose to applaud. Fans asked him for a wave and he delivered. Arsene Wenger waves to the fans before the match Credit: Reuters 3:48PM Half time: Huddersfield 0 Arsenal 1 Arsene strides off to give his last half-time talk. A low-impact fixture, his side were a bit sloppy in the first 20, and Huddersfield had the better of it. The one moment of real forward quality came from Aubameyang, whose excellent movement took him into the six-yard box for a tap-in. 3:46PM Lingo bingo This "au revoir" and "merci" Arsene thing: he's been here 22 years. Wouldn't cheerio and cheers be better?— Paul Hayward (@_PaulHayward) May 13, 2018 3:46PM A nice gift from AW to his successor Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has become the fastest Arsenal player in history to reach 10 PL goals, taking him just 13 games to reach that tally. Congratulations, @Aubameyang7! #afcpic.twitter.com/25HTW3Piuq— afcstuff (@afcstuff) May 13, 2018 3:44PM 40 mins Arsenal looking a lot more confident now. HTFC had much the better of things in the first quarter. 3:39PM GOAL! Arsenal have scored And it is Aubameyang (38) YESSSSS AUBA!#HTFCvAFC �� 0-1 ⚫️ (38) pic.twitter.com/JC5H8JHfVI— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 13, 2018 Alexandre Lacazette slides it to Aaron Ramsey on the left. His low cross is on a silver plate for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who slots it away neatly. 3:35PM 33 mins This is a bit more like it! Passionate, aggressive sliding tackle from Terence Kongolo on Aubameyang, who was haring after a ball from Alex Iwobi. 3:33PM 31 mins Affable encounter, both sides happy to let each other take a touch and have a go at attacking. A bit like a game in the park after two cans. 3:31PM 28 mins Read an article by Sam Wallace earlier about players' wages. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang featured. Becoz eeez worf eeet. He really isn't. Anyhow. Here come Arsenal. Mkhi with lash at goal. Deflected for a corner. Arsenal's third such. Comes to nothing. 3:28PM 26 mins Arsenal go close. A corner, a flicked header, and Kolasinac stabs it wide at the back post. 3:25PM 22 mins Huddersfield fans: "You wanted him out, you wanted him out, you two-faced b*******, you wanted him out."#afc fans: "Herbert Chapman, he left 'cos you're s***."— James Olley (@JamesOlley) May 13, 2018 Applause from all corners of the ground to mark Wenger's 22 years. Pure class from #htafc fans, standing to applaud Wenger on 22 minutes, celebrating his 22 years at #afc. Whole stadium stands. Wenger steps from dug-out and waves his thanks.— Henry Winter (@henrywinter) May 13, 2018 Asked to "give us a wave", he does. Minute 22: the whole stadium rises as one to give the boss a standing ovation That's class from you, @htafcdotcom - thanks, we appreciate it ��#HTFCvAFC �� 0-0 ⚫️ (22) pic.twitter.com/egqQD3vAfV— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 13, 2018 3:21PM 19 mins Henrikh Mkhitaryan tries to get the freekick over the wall, but only manages to hit someone in the knee. A pathetic dead ball attempt. He wins an ill-deserved corner. That comes to little. 3:20PM 18 mins Arsenal break, but give it away. Now another break from the visitors. Sead Kolasinac , for some reason, decides he's going to try and beat the whole team. Chopped down on the edge of the area by Mathias Jorgensen. 3:18PM 14 mins Ince again! Another shot, this one wide. Arsenal haven't turned up at all and a team with better strikers than Huddersfield would be up by now. 3:15PM Plane speaking An airplane flies over the stadium with a message to Arsene Wenger Credit: Getty 3:14PM 10 mins Unless his spineless team wake up, old Mr W is going to be signing off with a defeat. They're getting opened up with ease here. Alex Pritchard gallopes onto a long ball. He clips it back for Ince, who should have done a lot better from 10 or so yards out. Wellied it over the bar. 3:10PM 9 mins Mounie, who is bullying these Arsenal boys, gets up for a header and crunches Mustafi. Delay while he gets attention. 3:09PM Thanks Fans hold up a Arsene Wenger banner Credit: Getty 3:07PM 5 mins A plane flies over the stadium with a 'Merci Arsene' banner. But the manager's attention is now focused on the Arsenal penalty area. A corner. Mounie again gets up above the defence. Heads it down at goal. Blocked. And a follow up! Christopher Schindler's struck that well, but Arsenal scramble clear. 3:04PM 3 mins But we have our first chance now, as Huddersfield get down the right. Cross in, Moune gets up, and he works the keeper with a header. 3:04PM 2 mins It's a happy occasion for the Huddersfield fans, able to go into the last day knowing that they will definitely be staying up. A friendly atmosphere so far. 3:02PM 1 mins Kick off. It's a nice day up in Hudders. 2:49PM Gifts aplenty �� Head Coach David Wagner presented Arsène Wenger with a special gift from #htafc ahead of today’s @premierleague match (AT) pic.twitter.com/AhIjPmbUtU— Huddersfield Town (@htafcdotcom) May 13, 2018 2:42PM Oh happy day Let's make sure we get our 716th and final win of the Wenger era#MerciArsènepic.twitter.com/5GSNIfNvXp— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 13, 2018 2:25PM It has finished 5-5 at Easter Road Just incredible. Right then. To business. 2:20PM Le Boss THE BOSS ❤️#MerciArsènepic.twitter.com/ThKzyCGKRw— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 13, 2018 2:18PM Brilliant piece on Arsene Wenger A generous, open-hearted article by a generous, open-hearted writer on a generous, open-hearted man. I commend this to you. Marouane Chamakh's hair mousse, Sumo wrestling and social anthropology - my time covering Arsene Wenger @JWTelegraphhttps://t.co/KkTKN00Ksr— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) May 13, 2018 2:12PM The age of Huddersfield For some reason, having not blogged Huddersfield all season, I have done them three times in a week. And what a week it has been for them: they went to Man City and Chelsea and got a point on both occasions, ensuring their Premier League status in the process. It's Wenger's 1235th and final match in charge of Arsenal Credit: Getty Images 2:10PM Those teams in full Huddersfield: Lossl, Hadergjonaj, Jorgensen, Schindler, Kongolo, Lowe, Pritchard, Mooy, Hogg, Ince, Mounie. Subs: Smith, Whitehead, Billing, Sabiri, Coleman, Depoitre, Stankovic. Arsenal: Ospina, Bellerin, Holding, Mustafi, Kolasinac, Iwobi, Xhaka, Ramsey, Mkhitaryan, Lacazette, Aubameyang. Subs: Mertesacker, Monreal, Welbeck, Maitland-Niles, Macey, Nketiah, Willock. Referee: Michael Oliver (Northumberland) 2:08PM If you'd like to keep abreast of the other action in the Premier League today, this is our live clockwatch megablog. 2:07PM The game of the season is currently on at Easter Road. Hibs 4 Rangers 5. Hibs were 3-0 up in 22 minutes. Rangers made it 3-3 by 40 minutes. Sensational entertainment. 2:03PM Huddersfield TEAM NEWS with @ViessmannUK: David Wagner has made four changes to #htafc’s starting XI for today’s @premierleague season-finale against @Arsenal. ➡️ @pritch_93, Tom Ince, Steve Mounié & @FloHadergjonaj ⬅️ Tommy Smith, @BillingPhilip, @vanlaparra17 & @laudepoitre (AT) pic.twitter.com/QnIJJKPn5n— Huddersfield Town (@htafcdotcom) May 13, 2018 2:02PM Arsenal team Here it is - our final starting XI under Arsène Wenger#MerciArsène#HTFCvAFCpic.twitter.com/eDuANvewsA— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 13, 2018 2:02PM Here come the teams for Arsene Wenger's last game. 2:01PM And Roma are also sending their best One year ago this month, there were many tears as #ASRoma fans said an emotional goodbye to @Totti after 25 years playing for his boyhood club. To coach the same team for 22 years is an incredible achievement. Good luck in your final game in charge of @Arsenal, Arsène Wenger. �� pic.twitter.com/9TPxyiEs6z— AS Roma English (@ASRomaEN) May 13, 2018 1:56PM Good afternoon Tyers here, happy to bring you news of the final day of the season, specifically Arsenal's trip to Huddersfield. The Terriers have given Arsene a generous welcome to the ground. What a nice reception for the boss ahead of his final game �� Fair play, @htafcdotcom ��#MerciArsènepic.twitter.com/iWfDrxrz9L— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 13, 2018 1:55PM Our preview What is it? It's the final game of the season for Huddersfield and Arsenal and, more significantly, the last in Arsene Wenger's 22-reign as Arsenal manager. When is it? It's on Sunday May 13 - ie today. What time is kick-off? It's a 3pm BST start. What TV channel is it on? It's not, unfortunately. Despite being Wenger's final game in charge of Arsenal, Sky Sports have opted to show the games at Liverpool and Newcastle instead. Arsenal fans wave farewell to Arsene Wenger at the Emirates - in pictures What is the team news? Huddersfield Town Huddersfield boss David Wagner will select from an unchanged squad for his side's last Premier League game of the season at home against Arsenal. Wagner has no new injuries following Wednesday night's draw at Chelsea, which secured them another season in the top flight. Tom Ince is hoping to feature after recovering from a hamstring injury, while Michael Hefele (knee), Elias Kachunga and Danny Williams (both ankle) remain sidelined. Provisional squad: Lossl, Kongolo, Schindler, Jorgensen, Hadergjonaj, Hogg, Mooy, Van La Parra, Pritchard, Ince, Quaner, Mounie, Malone, Depoitre, Billing, Coleman, Lowe, Smith. Arsenal Arsenal will be without the suspended Konstantinos Mavropanos for Arsene Wenger's final game as manager when the Gunners travel to Huddersfield on the last day of the Premier League season. The young defender was shown a straight red card in Wednesday's 3-1 loss at Leicester and will be forced to sit out the game in West Yorkshire having started the Gunners' last three league matches. Mesut Ozil (back), Mohamed Elneny (ankle), Laurent Koscielny and Santi Cazorla (both Achilles) are also missing but the likes of Alexandre Lacazette and Jack Wilshere could return after sitting out in midweek. Provisional squad: Cech, Ospina, Bellerin, Holding, Mustafi, Chambers, Mertesacker, Monreal, Nelson, Kolasinac, Maitland-Niles, Xhaka, Willock, Wilshere, Ramsey, Iwobi, Mkhitaryan, Welbeck, Lacazette, Nketiah, Aubameyang. What are they saying? David Wagner on Arsene Wenger "I can't imagine that this can happen again, so this only shows he has done something extraordinary," Wagner said. "Words don't describe enough how big this achievement is which he has done for his football club and football in this country. "I'm so happy that we are able to host him in his last Premier League game after 22 years, that we are able to host him in these circumstances, we really can give him all the honour and all the attention he deserves. "This is possible after our last result on Wednesday and we as a football club will do it. We have the biggest respect for what he has done and we're happy we play our last game against him." Best-priced accumulators | New customer offers Wenger on the Emirates "We had to do it," he said, when asked if he would take back the stadium move in exchange for trophies. "There is no club that can turn people who wanted to attend the game down. At the time I thought we were a bit too ambitious with 60,000 (capacity) but at the end of the day it worked," he said. "It's not really happened because other clubs have used outside resources. We had a double handicap. We had to pay back the debt and had to face the competition where clubs have even more resources than they usually have. "I believe Highbury had a special spirit. It's a cathedral, a church. You could smell the soul of every guy that played there. So it was special. It will always be special for me. "The Emirates for me was like buying a new house. It took us a while to feel at home there. It's a fantastic stadium - but there was something special at Highbury that you could never recreate when you build something new. What are the odds? Huddersfield 19/4 Arsenal - 4/7 Draw - 18/5 What's our prediction? Jason Burt: There is nothing riding on Arsene Wenger’s last match in charge of Arsenal except for one thing – can he really end the season as the only manager in English football not to gain any points away from home in 2018? Surely the Arsenal players will not let that happen while Huddersfield, safe from relegation, may still be on that party bus. Prediction: 1-3
To the end, there was dignity and, to use one of his favourite words, , humanity to Arsene Wenger as he bowed out,quite literally, as Arsenal manager after 22 years, 1,235 games and this, his 707th victory. One-nil to the Arsenal, in fact, although that was never a scoreline he cherished or that was associated with him. There was sentimentality, too – and why not as Wenger spoke of the appropriateness of Huddersfield Town being his final opponent in what otherwise was an inconsequential fixture? “Herbert Chapman, maybe our greatest manager, came from here,” Wenger said. “For me to come here on the last day had a special meaning when you know the history of our club. In fact, there was a photo just in front of the dressing room where Chapman smiled at me because he was on the photo.” Chapman smiling down on Wenger is certainly some romantic image, one that resonates powerfully for all Arsenal fans. Chapman was Huddersfield’s greatest manager, in their golden period in the 1920s when they won league titles, with three stars adorning their shirts, and were such a force in English football that he was poached by Arsenal and transformed them too. For 22 years, for 1,235 games, for 49, 49 undefeated, for 7 FA Cups, for 3 @PremierLeague titles, for two Doubles, for winning the league at Old Trafford and White Hart Lane, for Wengerball, for the Invincibles, for your total love and devotion, we want to say... #MerciArsène❤️ pic.twitter.com/xkRXjLAid2— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 13, 2018 Chapman revolutionised the role of the manager, making him more powerful in an era when decisions were made by committee. Privately, Wenger might ruefully consider the wheel is turning full circle away from his profession, given the nature of his departure, as he first walked past the bust of Chapman at the entrance to the John Smith Stadium, then the photograph before he took to the pitch to be met by a guard of honour. Before kick-off, Wenger strode towards the travelling Arsenal supporters and bowed to them, later saying it was a spontaneous act of appreciation. “We had disagreements, which I accept, but we had one thing in common: we loved Arsenal Football Club, and I wanted to share that with them,” he said. Thanks for the 22 years Credit: PA Wenger went to the away dug-out an hour before the game to get some “oxygen”. “It’s difficult to understand when you don’t know how deep the love is for the game [in England],” Wenger said. “It was a fantastic experience for me. Where do I go from there? That’s the difficulty. When you’ve experienced this intensity for such a long time, I don’t know where I go. I’ll remain a fan wherever I go.” Wenger will now look forward to the next phase of his career and his life. The 68-year-old has already divulged he has had many offers and confirmed that they included Premier League clubs. “Yes, I had offers, yes, of course,” he said, “but at the moment, I have not said anything to anybody. I came out of a long process and you cannot just the next morning go somewhere else. It’s impossible.” But could he manage against Arsenal? “I’m not ready for that at the moment,” Wenger said. “That would be very difficult, I’d stay at home that day. Maybe, I don’t envisage that at the moment. Maybe it’s better I go somewhere else.” He suggested that Arsenal are only “some additions” away from competing for the Premier League title. Although that may not only depend on how many is “some” but who manages them, one player who will be crucial to the future is surely Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. Arsene Wenger waves to the fans before the match Credit: Reuters Wenger’s final signing, if it was his decision, and most expensive ever signing scored the only goal, and it means he has struck 10 times in just 13 league games since he arrived in January for £56 million. The goal was also one that will have delighted Wenger as it was constructed through a slick passing move involving Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Alexandre Lacazette, with the latter sliding the ball through to Aaron Ramsey who prodded it across goal for Aubameyang to force home. Arsene Wenger's replacement at Arsenal That was tough on Huddersfield who should have scored through Steve Mounie, with a header, and Tom Ince, who ballooned over, but it did not detract from the celebratory atmosphere. However, there may be a pang of alarm from their supporters in the non-committal way manager David Wagner later spoke about his own future, having kept the club up against the odds. Fans hold up a Arsene Wenger banner Credit: Getty Club owner Dean Hoyle had taken to the pitch at half-time to suggest Wagner would stay, but the German later said simply that the chairman was putting “pressure” on himself with that declaration. Time will soon tell. THE BOSS ❤️#MerciArsènepic.twitter.com/ThKzyCGKRw— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 13, 2018 Huddersfield goalkeeper Jonas Lossl made smart saves from Lacazette and substitute Danny Welbeck while as they made most of the running, Huddersfield went closest when Aaron Mooy clipped the top of the cross-bar, and substitute Laurent Depoitre did not gain enough power with a header. Arsenal in a league of their own... pic.twitter.com/o0oP3Xxfbj— Charlie Eccleshare (@CDEccleshare) May 13, 2018 The result also meant that, at the eighth attempt, Arsenal did not maintain their unwanted record of being the only team in English football to collect just a point away from home in 2018. “I’m very proud, I’ve contributed a little bit,” Wenger said as he departed. “I’ve given some good moments to people who love the club. #classy #nicetouch Credit: Reuters “I don’t know what will stay or remain through the victories or defeats. I think what will remain is the formidable human aspect of the last 22 years – that is special, and I will cherish.” And rightly so. Plane truth: a banner for Arsene Credit: Getty 4:58PM Farewell, then, Arsene Wenger You were a brilliant manager and a good person. You transformed English football. You invented pasta. You produced a couple of amazing teams. You stayed too long. You have our thanks and our best wishes. And we now have a match report. Marouane Chamakh's hair mousse, Sumo wrestling and social anthropology - my time covering Arsene Wenger @JWTelegraphhttps://t.co/KkTKN00Ksr— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) May 13, 2018 4:57PM More banners! #classy #nicetouch Credit: Reuters 4:52PM Full time: Huddersfield 0 Arsenal 1 Arsene Wenger signs off with that rarest of commodities: an away win! Arsene Wenger bows down to Arsenal's travelling fans https://t.co/3CzXxUfDwDpic.twitter.com/ahnUinnfAn— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) May 13, 2018 4:51PM 90+ mins The ball is played in. A Huddersfield player gets a head on it, Ospina bravely gathers and gets a whack in the process. He's stopped it on the line. For a second there is a suggestion that it was over the line, but no. Bit of bad feeling from the players about the challenge on the keeper, and there's a booking. But it is no goal. 4:49PM 90+ mins We are going to have three minutes added. Arsenal fans singing about Arsene. It looks like we are going to have one final play... Huddersfield with a freekick 4:45PM 87 mins Hadergjonaj chests it through and Mooy unloads with a sizzling volley. It hits the bar. Why are you trying to ruin the boss' farewell, Aaron Mooy? �� The Huddersfield midfielder smashes one at goal... but thankfully it clips the bar on its way over#HTFCvAFC �� 0-1 ⚫️ (88) pic.twitter.com/WLGTlPpoFn— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 13, 2018 4:45PM 85 mins Dean Whitehead, who is retiring, comes on. Dean Whitehead makes way. 4:44PM 83 mins Xhaka nearly caps the Wenger era in unfitting fashion, but his long-range screamer goes wide. 4:39PM 81 mins Galloping run from Welbeck, but his decision making lets him down and he thumps the ball straight at the on-rushing keeper. 4:37PM 79 mins Mkhitaryan and Lacazette are through! Perfect ball from Mkhi, ut Lacazette tries to chip the keeper, and Lossl has read him like a comic. Easy grab in the end. 4:36PM 77 mins A corner into the box and that man Mounie has yet again got above his opponents. Cannot get the header on target. He goes down with cramp and, in fact, Wagner is now taking him off. Arsenal's defenders will be glad to see the back of him! 4:33PM 75 mins Ramsey and now Welbeck get chances to deliver balls in, but not able to find the pass. 4:30PM 72 mins Mounie now gets to work on Monreal. He's clattered in to him as they slide for the ball, and is now wrestling with him. 4:29PM 71 mins Arsene shuffles his pack for the last time. Maitland-Niles comes on, Iwobi off. 4:28PM 70 mins It is all Huddersfield, which isn't to say that Arsenal cannot do them on the break, but the pressure is all coming from the home side. They have a corner. Played short... back in... Mounie! No, that header is well wide. 4:25PM 66 mins Danny Welbeck and Nacho Monreal on. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Sead Kolasinac off. I guess Ospina is okay to carry on. He looks a bit sore. 4:24PM 65 mins Deep cross into the Arsenal box, Ospina gathers and gets clattered for his trouble. 4:23PM 64 mins Huddersfield really putting it up to Arsenal now. Mounie breaks, is fouled by Holding and advantage is played, not sure if it really helped their cause. 4:23PM 62 mins Hadergjonaj with an effort. 4:22PM 60 mins Tom Ince has run his race. Laurent Depoitre comes on. 4:17PM 59 mins Mooy with a nice crossfield switch, Pritchard with a reverse pass.... Ince runs onto the ball and cracks a low shot. Good save Ospina! 4:16PM 58 mins Rapier move from Arsenal makes Huddersfield look very lumpen. 4:15PM 57 mins Mooy has had a smack on the conker. There is some blood. 4:14PM 55 mins Huddersfield are clearly from the "if you don't buy a ticket..." school of thought. But they keep failing to hit the target. Alex Pritchard drills one over. 4:12PM 54 mins Ospina has hurt his foot/leg and is limping around gingerly. Ooh, fun! Will we see a lesser-spotted keeper? Matt Macey is the goalie on the bench. 4:10PM 52 mins Mounie attempts a bicycle kick. It is not a success. Florent Hadergjona has a go from the edge of the box. 4:10PM 51 mins Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang attempts to #turn #provider but crosses it straight into the keeper's arms. 4:07PM 48 mins Oh no, this is more familiar: individual error by Holding lets Mounie in. The bounce of the ball doesn't go in his favour. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang certainly has made a flying start to his PL career. Alan Shearer (Blackburn Rovers, 1992/93): 16 (12 goals, 4 assists) Micky Quinn (Coventry City, 1992/93): 16 (14 goals, 2 assists) Kevin Phillips (Sunderland, 1999/2000): 15 (13 goals, 2 assists) Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Arsenal, 2017/18): 14 (10 goals, 4 assists) Sergio Aguero (Manchester City, 2011/12): 14 (11 goals, 3 assists) Papiss Cisse (Newcastle United, 2011/12): 14 (13 goals, 1 assist) 4:05PM 47 mins Glory be, some muscular and competent defending from Arsenal! Mooy with a nice cross, Mounie is looking to get up but the Arsenal central defence block him off. 4:02PM 46 mins Second half is underway. What will it bring for Arsene and his team? 3:59PM A good day for fans of "nice touch". #nicetouch #nice #touch We're not crying, you are#MerciArsènepic.twitter.com/fjS2tbJUnz— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 13, 2018 3:58PM Tributes There was a sweet tribute to Arsene on 22 minutes (marking his 22 years) as both sets of fans rose to applaud. Fans asked him for a wave and he delivered. Arsene Wenger waves to the fans before the match Credit: Reuters 3:48PM Half time: Huddersfield 0 Arsenal 1 Arsene strides off to give his last half-time talk. A low-impact fixture, his side were a bit sloppy in the first 20, and Huddersfield had the better of it. The one moment of real forward quality came from Aubameyang, whose excellent movement took him into the six-yard box for a tap-in. 3:46PM Lingo bingo This "au revoir" and "merci" Arsene thing: he's been here 22 years. Wouldn't cheerio and cheers be better?— Paul Hayward (@_PaulHayward) May 13, 2018 3:46PM A nice gift from AW to his successor Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has become the fastest Arsenal player in history to reach 10 PL goals, taking him just 13 games to reach that tally. Congratulations, @Aubameyang7! #afcpic.twitter.com/25HTW3Piuq— afcstuff (@afcstuff) May 13, 2018 3:44PM 40 mins Arsenal looking a lot more confident now. HTFC had much the better of things in the first quarter. 3:39PM GOAL! Arsenal have scored And it is Aubameyang (38) YESSSSS AUBA!#HTFCvAFC �� 0-1 ⚫️ (38) pic.twitter.com/JC5H8JHfVI— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 13, 2018 Alexandre Lacazette slides it to Aaron Ramsey on the left. His low cross is on a silver plate for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who slots it away neatly. 3:35PM 33 mins This is a bit more like it! Passionate, aggressive sliding tackle from Terence Kongolo on Aubameyang, who was haring after a ball from Alex Iwobi. 3:33PM 31 mins Affable encounter, both sides happy to let each other take a touch and have a go at attacking. A bit like a game in the park after two cans. 3:31PM 28 mins Read an article by Sam Wallace earlier about players' wages. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang featured. Becoz eeez worf eeet. He really isn't. Anyhow. Here come Arsenal. Mkhi with lash at goal. Deflected for a corner. Arsenal's third such. Comes to nothing. 3:28PM 26 mins Arsenal go close. A corner, a flicked header, and Kolasinac stabs it wide at the back post. 3:25PM 22 mins Huddersfield fans: "You wanted him out, you wanted him out, you two-faced b*******, you wanted him out."#afc fans: "Herbert Chapman, he left 'cos you're s***."— James Olley (@JamesOlley) May 13, 2018 Applause from all corners of the ground to mark Wenger's 22 years. Pure class from #htafc fans, standing to applaud Wenger on 22 minutes, celebrating his 22 years at #afc. Whole stadium stands. Wenger steps from dug-out and waves his thanks.— Henry Winter (@henrywinter) May 13, 2018 Asked to "give us a wave", he does. Minute 22: the whole stadium rises as one to give the boss a standing ovation That's class from you, @htafcdotcom - thanks, we appreciate it ��#HTFCvAFC �� 0-0 ⚫️ (22) pic.twitter.com/egqQD3vAfV— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 13, 2018 3:21PM 19 mins Henrikh Mkhitaryan tries to get the freekick over the wall, but only manages to hit someone in the knee. A pathetic dead ball attempt. He wins an ill-deserved corner. That comes to little. 3:20PM 18 mins Arsenal break, but give it away. Now another break from the visitors. Sead Kolasinac , for some reason, decides he's going to try and beat the whole team. Chopped down on the edge of the area by Mathias Jorgensen. 3:18PM 14 mins Ince again! Another shot, this one wide. Arsenal haven't turned up at all and a team with better strikers than Huddersfield would be up by now. 3:15PM Plane speaking An airplane flies over the stadium with a message to Arsene Wenger Credit: Getty 3:14PM 10 mins Unless his spineless team wake up, old Mr W is going to be signing off with a defeat. They're getting opened up with ease here. Alex Pritchard gallopes onto a long ball. He clips it back for Ince, who should have done a lot better from 10 or so yards out. Wellied it over the bar. 3:10PM 9 mins Mounie, who is bullying these Arsenal boys, gets up for a header and crunches Mustafi. Delay while he gets attention. 3:09PM Thanks Fans hold up a Arsene Wenger banner Credit: Getty 3:07PM 5 mins A plane flies over the stadium with a 'Merci Arsene' banner. But the manager's attention is now focused on the Arsenal penalty area. A corner. Mounie again gets up above the defence. Heads it down at goal. Blocked. And a follow up! Christopher Schindler's struck that well, but Arsenal scramble clear. 3:04PM 3 mins But we have our first chance now, as Huddersfield get down the right. Cross in, Moune gets up, and he works the keeper with a header. 3:04PM 2 mins It's a happy occasion for the Huddersfield fans, able to go into the last day knowing that they will definitely be staying up. A friendly atmosphere so far. 3:02PM 1 mins Kick off. It's a nice day up in Hudders. 2:49PM Gifts aplenty �� Head Coach David Wagner presented Arsène Wenger with a special gift from #htafc ahead of today’s @premierleague match (AT) pic.twitter.com/AhIjPmbUtU— Huddersfield Town (@htafcdotcom) May 13, 2018 2:42PM Oh happy day Let's make sure we get our 716th and final win of the Wenger era#MerciArsènepic.twitter.com/5GSNIfNvXp— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 13, 2018 2:25PM It has finished 5-5 at Easter Road Just incredible. Right then. To business. 2:20PM Le Boss THE BOSS ❤️#MerciArsènepic.twitter.com/ThKzyCGKRw— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 13, 2018 2:18PM Brilliant piece on Arsene Wenger A generous, open-hearted article by a generous, open-hearted writer on a generous, open-hearted man. I commend this to you. Marouane Chamakh's hair mousse, Sumo wrestling and social anthropology - my time covering Arsene Wenger @JWTelegraphhttps://t.co/KkTKN00Ksr— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) May 13, 2018 2:12PM The age of Huddersfield For some reason, having not blogged Huddersfield all season, I have done them three times in a week. And what a week it has been for them: they went to Man City and Chelsea and got a point on both occasions, ensuring their Premier League status in the process. It's Wenger's 1235th and final match in charge of Arsenal Credit: Getty Images 2:10PM Those teams in full Huddersfield: Lossl, Hadergjonaj, Jorgensen, Schindler, Kongolo, Lowe, Pritchard, Mooy, Hogg, Ince, Mounie. Subs: Smith, Whitehead, Billing, Sabiri, Coleman, Depoitre, Stankovic. Arsenal: Ospina, Bellerin, Holding, Mustafi, Kolasinac, Iwobi, Xhaka, Ramsey, Mkhitaryan, Lacazette, Aubameyang. Subs: Mertesacker, Monreal, Welbeck, Maitland-Niles, Macey, Nketiah, Willock. Referee: Michael Oliver (Northumberland) 2:08PM If you'd like to keep abreast of the other action in the Premier League today, this is our live clockwatch megablog. 2:07PM The game of the season is currently on at Easter Road. Hibs 4 Rangers 5. Hibs were 3-0 up in 22 minutes. Rangers made it 3-3 by 40 minutes. Sensational entertainment. 2:03PM Huddersfield TEAM NEWS with @ViessmannUK: David Wagner has made four changes to #htafc’s starting XI for today’s @premierleague season-finale against @Arsenal. ➡️ @pritch_93, Tom Ince, Steve Mounié & @FloHadergjonaj ⬅️ Tommy Smith, @BillingPhilip, @vanlaparra17 & @laudepoitre (AT) pic.twitter.com/QnIJJKPn5n— Huddersfield Town (@htafcdotcom) May 13, 2018 2:02PM Arsenal team Here it is - our final starting XI under Arsène Wenger#MerciArsène#HTFCvAFCpic.twitter.com/eDuANvewsA— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 13, 2018 2:02PM Here come the teams for Arsene Wenger's last game. 2:01PM And Roma are also sending their best One year ago this month, there were many tears as #ASRoma fans said an emotional goodbye to @Totti after 25 years playing for his boyhood club. To coach the same team for 22 years is an incredible achievement. Good luck in your final game in charge of @Arsenal, Arsène Wenger. �� pic.twitter.com/9TPxyiEs6z— AS Roma English (@ASRomaEN) May 13, 2018 1:56PM Good afternoon Tyers here, happy to bring you news of the final day of the season, specifically Arsenal's trip to Huddersfield. The Terriers have given Arsene a generous welcome to the ground. What a nice reception for the boss ahead of his final game �� Fair play, @htafcdotcom ��#MerciArsènepic.twitter.com/iWfDrxrz9L— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 13, 2018 1:55PM Our preview What is it? It's the final game of the season for Huddersfield and Arsenal and, more significantly, the last in Arsene Wenger's 22-reign as Arsenal manager. When is it? It's on Sunday May 13 - ie today. What time is kick-off? It's a 3pm BST start. What TV channel is it on? It's not, unfortunately. Despite being Wenger's final game in charge of Arsenal, Sky Sports have opted to show the games at Liverpool and Newcastle instead. Arsenal fans wave farewell to Arsene Wenger at the Emirates - in pictures What is the team news? Huddersfield Town Huddersfield boss David Wagner will select from an unchanged squad for his side's last Premier League game of the season at home against Arsenal. Wagner has no new injuries following Wednesday night's draw at Chelsea, which secured them another season in the top flight. Tom Ince is hoping to feature after recovering from a hamstring injury, while Michael Hefele (knee), Elias Kachunga and Danny Williams (both ankle) remain sidelined. Provisional squad: Lossl, Kongolo, Schindler, Jorgensen, Hadergjonaj, Hogg, Mooy, Van La Parra, Pritchard, Ince, Quaner, Mounie, Malone, Depoitre, Billing, Coleman, Lowe, Smith. Arsenal Arsenal will be without the suspended Konstantinos Mavropanos for Arsene Wenger's final game as manager when the Gunners travel to Huddersfield on the last day of the Premier League season. The young defender was shown a straight red card in Wednesday's 3-1 loss at Leicester and will be forced to sit out the game in West Yorkshire having started the Gunners' last three league matches. Mesut Ozil (back), Mohamed Elneny (ankle), Laurent Koscielny and Santi Cazorla (both Achilles) are also missing but the likes of Alexandre Lacazette and Jack Wilshere could return after sitting out in midweek. Provisional squad: Cech, Ospina, Bellerin, Holding, Mustafi, Chambers, Mertesacker, Monreal, Nelson, Kolasinac, Maitland-Niles, Xhaka, Willock, Wilshere, Ramsey, Iwobi, Mkhitaryan, Welbeck, Lacazette, Nketiah, Aubameyang. What are they saying? David Wagner on Arsene Wenger "I can't imagine that this can happen again, so this only shows he has done something extraordinary," Wagner said. "Words don't describe enough how big this achievement is which he has done for his football club and football in this country. "I'm so happy that we are able to host him in his last Premier League game after 22 years, that we are able to host him in these circumstances, we really can give him all the honour and all the attention he deserves. "This is possible after our last result on Wednesday and we as a football club will do it. We have the biggest respect for what he has done and we're happy we play our last game against him." Best-priced accumulators | New customer offers Wenger on the Emirates "We had to do it," he said, when asked if he would take back the stadium move in exchange for trophies. "There is no club that can turn people who wanted to attend the game down. At the time I thought we were a bit too ambitious with 60,000 (capacity) but at the end of the day it worked," he said. "It's not really happened because other clubs have used outside resources. We had a double handicap. We had to pay back the debt and had to face the competition where clubs have even more resources than they usually have. "I believe Highbury had a special spirit. It's a cathedral, a church. You could smell the soul of every guy that played there. So it was special. It will always be special for me. "The Emirates for me was like buying a new house. It took us a while to feel at home there. It's a fantastic stadium - but there was something special at Highbury that you could never recreate when you build something new. What are the odds? Huddersfield 19/4 Arsenal - 4/7 Draw - 18/5 What's our prediction? Jason Burt: There is nothing riding on Arsene Wenger’s last match in charge of Arsenal except for one thing – can he really end the season as the only manager in English football not to gain any points away from home in 2018? Surely the Arsenal players will not let that happen while Huddersfield, safe from relegation, may still be on that party bus. Prediction: 1-3
Arsene Wenger signs off saying he 'had disagreements' with the fans: 'But we had one thing in common: we loved Arsenal FC'
To the end, there was dignity and, to use one of his favourite words, , humanity to Arsene Wenger as he bowed out,quite literally, as Arsenal manager after 22 years, 1,235 games and this, his 707th victory. One-nil to the Arsenal, in fact, although that was never a scoreline he cherished or that was associated with him. There was sentimentality, too – and why not as Wenger spoke of the appropriateness of Huddersfield Town being his final opponent in what otherwise was an inconsequential fixture? “Herbert Chapman, maybe our greatest manager, came from here,” Wenger said. “For me to come here on the last day had a special meaning when you know the history of our club. In fact, there was a photo just in front of the dressing room where Chapman smiled at me because he was on the photo.” Chapman smiling down on Wenger is certainly some romantic image, one that resonates powerfully for all Arsenal fans. Chapman was Huddersfield’s greatest manager, in their golden period in the 1920s when they won league titles, with three stars adorning their shirts, and were such a force in English football that he was poached by Arsenal and transformed them too. For 22 years, for 1,235 games, for 49, 49 undefeated, for 7 FA Cups, for 3 @PremierLeague titles, for two Doubles, for winning the league at Old Trafford and White Hart Lane, for Wengerball, for the Invincibles, for your total love and devotion, we want to say... #MerciArsène❤️ pic.twitter.com/xkRXjLAid2— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 13, 2018 Chapman revolutionised the role of the manager, making him more powerful in an era when decisions were made by committee. Privately, Wenger might ruefully consider the wheel is turning full circle away from his profession, given the nature of his departure, as he first walked past the bust of Chapman at the entrance to the John Smith Stadium, then the photograph before he took to the pitch to be met by a guard of honour. Before kick-off, Wenger strode towards the travelling Arsenal supporters and bowed to them, later saying it was a spontaneous act of appreciation. “We had disagreements, which I accept, but we had one thing in common: we loved Arsenal Football Club, and I wanted to share that with them,” he said. Thanks for the 22 years Credit: PA Wenger went to the away dug-out an hour before the game to get some “oxygen”. “It’s difficult to understand when you don’t know how deep the love is for the game [in England],” Wenger said. “It was a fantastic experience for me. Where do I go from there? That’s the difficulty. When you’ve experienced this intensity for such a long time, I don’t know where I go. I’ll remain a fan wherever I go.” Wenger will now look forward to the next phase of his career and his life. The 68-year-old has already divulged he has had many offers and confirmed that they included Premier League clubs. “Yes, I had offers, yes, of course,” he said, “but at the moment, I have not said anything to anybody. I came out of a long process and you cannot just the next morning go somewhere else. It’s impossible.” But could he manage against Arsenal? “I’m not ready for that at the moment,” Wenger said. “That would be very difficult, I’d stay at home that day. Maybe, I don’t envisage that at the moment. Maybe it’s better I go somewhere else.” He suggested that Arsenal are only “some additions” away from competing for the Premier League title. Although that may not only depend on how many is “some” but who manages them, one player who will be crucial to the future is surely Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. Arsene Wenger waves to the fans before the match Credit: Reuters Wenger’s final signing, if it was his decision, and most expensive ever signing scored the only goal, and it means he has struck 10 times in just 13 league games since he arrived in January for £56 million. The goal was also one that will have delighted Wenger as it was constructed through a slick passing move involving Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Alexandre Lacazette, with the latter sliding the ball through to Aaron Ramsey who prodded it across goal for Aubameyang to force home. Arsene Wenger's replacement at Arsenal That was tough on Huddersfield who should have scored through Steve Mounie, with a header, and Tom Ince, who ballooned over, but it did not detract from the celebratory atmosphere. However, there may be a pang of alarm from their supporters in the non-committal way manager David Wagner later spoke about his own future, having kept the club up against the odds. Fans hold up a Arsene Wenger banner Credit: Getty Club owner Dean Hoyle had taken to the pitch at half-time to suggest Wagner would stay, but the German later said simply that the chairman was putting “pressure” on himself with that declaration. Time will soon tell. THE BOSS ❤️#MerciArsènepic.twitter.com/ThKzyCGKRw— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 13, 2018 Huddersfield goalkeeper Jonas Lossl made smart saves from Lacazette and substitute Danny Welbeck while as they made most of the running, Huddersfield went closest when Aaron Mooy clipped the top of the cross-bar, and substitute Laurent Depoitre did not gain enough power with a header. Arsenal in a league of their own... pic.twitter.com/o0oP3Xxfbj— Charlie Eccleshare (@CDEccleshare) May 13, 2018 The result also meant that, at the eighth attempt, Arsenal did not maintain their unwanted record of being the only team in English football to collect just a point away from home in 2018. “I’m very proud, I’ve contributed a little bit,” Wenger said as he departed. “I’ve given some good moments to people who love the club. #classy #nicetouch Credit: Reuters “I don’t know what will stay or remain through the victories or defeats. I think what will remain is the formidable human aspect of the last 22 years – that is special, and I will cherish.” And rightly so. Plane truth: a banner for Arsene Credit: Getty 4:58PM Farewell, then, Arsene Wenger You were a brilliant manager and a good person. You transformed English football. You invented pasta. You produced a couple of amazing teams. You stayed too long. You have our thanks and our best wishes. And we now have a match report. Marouane Chamakh's hair mousse, Sumo wrestling and social anthropology - my time covering Arsene Wenger @JWTelegraphhttps://t.co/KkTKN00Ksr— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) May 13, 2018 4:57PM More banners! #classy #nicetouch Credit: Reuters 4:52PM Full time: Huddersfield 0 Arsenal 1 Arsene Wenger signs off with that rarest of commodities: an away win! Arsene Wenger bows down to Arsenal's travelling fans https://t.co/3CzXxUfDwDpic.twitter.com/ahnUinnfAn— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) May 13, 2018 4:51PM 90+ mins The ball is played in. A Huddersfield player gets a head on it, Ospina bravely gathers and gets a whack in the process. He's stopped it on the line. For a second there is a suggestion that it was over the line, but no. Bit of bad feeling from the players about the challenge on the keeper, and there's a booking. But it is no goal. 4:49PM 90+ mins We are going to have three minutes added. Arsenal fans singing about Arsene. It looks like we are going to have one final play... Huddersfield with a freekick 4:45PM 87 mins Hadergjonaj chests it through and Mooy unloads with a sizzling volley. It hits the bar. Why are you trying to ruin the boss' farewell, Aaron Mooy? �� The Huddersfield midfielder smashes one at goal... but thankfully it clips the bar on its way over#HTFCvAFC �� 0-1 ⚫️ (88) pic.twitter.com/WLGTlPpoFn— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 13, 2018 4:45PM 85 mins Dean Whitehead, who is retiring, comes on. Dean Whitehead makes way. 4:44PM 83 mins Xhaka nearly caps the Wenger era in unfitting fashion, but his long-range screamer goes wide. 4:39PM 81 mins Galloping run from Welbeck, but his decision making lets him down and he thumps the ball straight at the on-rushing keeper. 4:37PM 79 mins Mkhitaryan and Lacazette are through! Perfect ball from Mkhi, ut Lacazette tries to chip the keeper, and Lossl has read him like a comic. Easy grab in the end. 4:36PM 77 mins A corner into the box and that man Mounie has yet again got above his opponents. Cannot get the header on target. He goes down with cramp and, in fact, Wagner is now taking him off. Arsenal's defenders will be glad to see the back of him! 4:33PM 75 mins Ramsey and now Welbeck get chances to deliver balls in, but not able to find the pass. 4:30PM 72 mins Mounie now gets to work on Monreal. He's clattered in to him as they slide for the ball, and is now wrestling with him. 4:29PM 71 mins Arsene shuffles his pack for the last time. Maitland-Niles comes on, Iwobi off. 4:28PM 70 mins It is all Huddersfield, which isn't to say that Arsenal cannot do them on the break, but the pressure is all coming from the home side. They have a corner. Played short... back in... Mounie! No, that header is well wide. 4:25PM 66 mins Danny Welbeck and Nacho Monreal on. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Sead Kolasinac off. I guess Ospina is okay to carry on. He looks a bit sore. 4:24PM 65 mins Deep cross into the Arsenal box, Ospina gathers and gets clattered for his trouble. 4:23PM 64 mins Huddersfield really putting it up to Arsenal now. Mounie breaks, is fouled by Holding and advantage is played, not sure if it really helped their cause. 4:23PM 62 mins Hadergjonaj with an effort. 4:22PM 60 mins Tom Ince has run his race. Laurent Depoitre comes on. 4:17PM 59 mins Mooy with a nice crossfield switch, Pritchard with a reverse pass.... Ince runs onto the ball and cracks a low shot. Good save Ospina! 4:16PM 58 mins Rapier move from Arsenal makes Huddersfield look very lumpen. 4:15PM 57 mins Mooy has had a smack on the conker. There is some blood. 4:14PM 55 mins Huddersfield are clearly from the "if you don't buy a ticket..." school of thought. But they keep failing to hit the target. Alex Pritchard drills one over. 4:12PM 54 mins Ospina has hurt his foot/leg and is limping around gingerly. Ooh, fun! Will we see a lesser-spotted keeper? Matt Macey is the goalie on the bench. 4:10PM 52 mins Mounie attempts a bicycle kick. It is not a success. Florent Hadergjona has a go from the edge of the box. 4:10PM 51 mins Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang attempts to #turn #provider but crosses it straight into the keeper's arms. 4:07PM 48 mins Oh no, this is more familiar: individual error by Holding lets Mounie in. The bounce of the ball doesn't go in his favour. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang certainly has made a flying start to his PL career. Alan Shearer (Blackburn Rovers, 1992/93): 16 (12 goals, 4 assists) Micky Quinn (Coventry City, 1992/93): 16 (14 goals, 2 assists) Kevin Phillips (Sunderland, 1999/2000): 15 (13 goals, 2 assists) Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Arsenal, 2017/18): 14 (10 goals, 4 assists) Sergio Aguero (Manchester City, 2011/12): 14 (11 goals, 3 assists) Papiss Cisse (Newcastle United, 2011/12): 14 (13 goals, 1 assist) 4:05PM 47 mins Glory be, some muscular and competent defending from Arsenal! Mooy with a nice cross, Mounie is looking to get up but the Arsenal central defence block him off. 4:02PM 46 mins Second half is underway. What will it bring for Arsene and his team? 3:59PM A good day for fans of "nice touch". #nicetouch #nice #touch We're not crying, you are#MerciArsènepic.twitter.com/fjS2tbJUnz— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 13, 2018 3:58PM Tributes There was a sweet tribute to Arsene on 22 minutes (marking his 22 years) as both sets of fans rose to applaud. Fans asked him for a wave and he delivered. Arsene Wenger waves to the fans before the match Credit: Reuters 3:48PM Half time: Huddersfield 0 Arsenal 1 Arsene strides off to give his last half-time talk. A low-impact fixture, his side were a bit sloppy in the first 20, and Huddersfield had the better of it. The one moment of real forward quality came from Aubameyang, whose excellent movement took him into the six-yard box for a tap-in. 3:46PM Lingo bingo This "au revoir" and "merci" Arsene thing: he's been here 22 years. Wouldn't cheerio and cheers be better?— Paul Hayward (@_PaulHayward) May 13, 2018 3:46PM A nice gift from AW to his successor Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has become the fastest Arsenal player in history to reach 10 PL goals, taking him just 13 games to reach that tally. Congratulations, @Aubameyang7! #afcpic.twitter.com/25HTW3Piuq— afcstuff (@afcstuff) May 13, 2018 3:44PM 40 mins Arsenal looking a lot more confident now. HTFC had much the better of things in the first quarter. 3:39PM GOAL! Arsenal have scored And it is Aubameyang (38) YESSSSS AUBA!#HTFCvAFC �� 0-1 ⚫️ (38) pic.twitter.com/JC5H8JHfVI— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 13, 2018 Alexandre Lacazette slides it to Aaron Ramsey on the left. His low cross is on a silver plate for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who slots it away neatly. 3:35PM 33 mins This is a bit more like it! Passionate, aggressive sliding tackle from Terence Kongolo on Aubameyang, who was haring after a ball from Alex Iwobi. 3:33PM 31 mins Affable encounter, both sides happy to let each other take a touch and have a go at attacking. A bit like a game in the park after two cans. 3:31PM 28 mins Read an article by Sam Wallace earlier about players' wages. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang featured. Becoz eeez worf eeet. He really isn't. Anyhow. Here come Arsenal. Mkhi with lash at goal. Deflected for a corner. Arsenal's third such. Comes to nothing. 3:28PM 26 mins Arsenal go close. A corner, a flicked header, and Kolasinac stabs it wide at the back post. 3:25PM 22 mins Huddersfield fans: "You wanted him out, you wanted him out, you two-faced b*******, you wanted him out."#afc fans: "Herbert Chapman, he left 'cos you're s***."— James Olley (@JamesOlley) May 13, 2018 Applause from all corners of the ground to mark Wenger's 22 years. Pure class from #htafc fans, standing to applaud Wenger on 22 minutes, celebrating his 22 years at #afc. Whole stadium stands. Wenger steps from dug-out and waves his thanks.— Henry Winter (@henrywinter) May 13, 2018 Asked to "give us a wave", he does. Minute 22: the whole stadium rises as one to give the boss a standing ovation That's class from you, @htafcdotcom - thanks, we appreciate it ��#HTFCvAFC �� 0-0 ⚫️ (22) pic.twitter.com/egqQD3vAfV— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 13, 2018 3:21PM 19 mins Henrikh Mkhitaryan tries to get the freekick over the wall, but only manages to hit someone in the knee. A pathetic dead ball attempt. He wins an ill-deserved corner. That comes to little. 3:20PM 18 mins Arsenal break, but give it away. Now another break from the visitors. Sead Kolasinac , for some reason, decides he's going to try and beat the whole team. Chopped down on the edge of the area by Mathias Jorgensen. 3:18PM 14 mins Ince again! Another shot, this one wide. Arsenal haven't turned up at all and a team with better strikers than Huddersfield would be up by now. 3:15PM Plane speaking An airplane flies over the stadium with a message to Arsene Wenger Credit: Getty 3:14PM 10 mins Unless his spineless team wake up, old Mr W is going to be signing off with a defeat. They're getting opened up with ease here. Alex Pritchard gallopes onto a long ball. He clips it back for Ince, who should have done a lot better from 10 or so yards out. Wellied it over the bar. 3:10PM 9 mins Mounie, who is bullying these Arsenal boys, gets up for a header and crunches Mustafi. Delay while he gets attention. 3:09PM Thanks Fans hold up a Arsene Wenger banner Credit: Getty 3:07PM 5 mins A plane flies over the stadium with a 'Merci Arsene' banner. But the manager's attention is now focused on the Arsenal penalty area. A corner. Mounie again gets up above the defence. Heads it down at goal. Blocked. And a follow up! Christopher Schindler's struck that well, but Arsenal scramble clear. 3:04PM 3 mins But we have our first chance now, as Huddersfield get down the right. Cross in, Moune gets up, and he works the keeper with a header. 3:04PM 2 mins It's a happy occasion for the Huddersfield fans, able to go into the last day knowing that they will definitely be staying up. A friendly atmosphere so far. 3:02PM 1 mins Kick off. It's a nice day up in Hudders. 2:49PM Gifts aplenty �� Head Coach David Wagner presented Arsène Wenger with a special gift from #htafc ahead of today’s @premierleague match (AT) pic.twitter.com/AhIjPmbUtU— Huddersfield Town (@htafcdotcom) May 13, 2018 2:42PM Oh happy day Let's make sure we get our 716th and final win of the Wenger era#MerciArsènepic.twitter.com/5GSNIfNvXp— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 13, 2018 2:25PM It has finished 5-5 at Easter Road Just incredible. Right then. To business. 2:20PM Le Boss THE BOSS ❤️#MerciArsènepic.twitter.com/ThKzyCGKRw— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 13, 2018 2:18PM Brilliant piece on Arsene Wenger A generous, open-hearted article by a generous, open-hearted writer on a generous, open-hearted man. I commend this to you. Marouane Chamakh's hair mousse, Sumo wrestling and social anthropology - my time covering Arsene Wenger @JWTelegraphhttps://t.co/KkTKN00Ksr— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) May 13, 2018 2:12PM The age of Huddersfield For some reason, having not blogged Huddersfield all season, I have done them three times in a week. And what a week it has been for them: they went to Man City and Chelsea and got a point on both occasions, ensuring their Premier League status in the process. It's Wenger's 1235th and final match in charge of Arsenal Credit: Getty Images 2:10PM Those teams in full Huddersfield: Lossl, Hadergjonaj, Jorgensen, Schindler, Kongolo, Lowe, Pritchard, Mooy, Hogg, Ince, Mounie. Subs: Smith, Whitehead, Billing, Sabiri, Coleman, Depoitre, Stankovic. Arsenal: Ospina, Bellerin, Holding, Mustafi, Kolasinac, Iwobi, Xhaka, Ramsey, Mkhitaryan, Lacazette, Aubameyang. Subs: Mertesacker, Monreal, Welbeck, Maitland-Niles, Macey, Nketiah, Willock. Referee: Michael Oliver (Northumberland) 2:08PM If you'd like to keep abreast of the other action in the Premier League today, this is our live clockwatch megablog. 2:07PM The game of the season is currently on at Easter Road. Hibs 4 Rangers 5. Hibs were 3-0 up in 22 minutes. Rangers made it 3-3 by 40 minutes. Sensational entertainment. 2:03PM Huddersfield TEAM NEWS with @ViessmannUK: David Wagner has made four changes to #htafc’s starting XI for today’s @premierleague season-finale against @Arsenal. ➡️ @pritch_93, Tom Ince, Steve Mounié & @FloHadergjonaj ⬅️ Tommy Smith, @BillingPhilip, @vanlaparra17 & @laudepoitre (AT) pic.twitter.com/QnIJJKPn5n— Huddersfield Town (@htafcdotcom) May 13, 2018 2:02PM Arsenal team Here it is - our final starting XI under Arsène Wenger#MerciArsène#HTFCvAFCpic.twitter.com/eDuANvewsA— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 13, 2018 2:02PM Here come the teams for Arsene Wenger's last game. 2:01PM And Roma are also sending their best One year ago this month, there were many tears as #ASRoma fans said an emotional goodbye to @Totti after 25 years playing for his boyhood club. To coach the same team for 22 years is an incredible achievement. Good luck in your final game in charge of @Arsenal, Arsène Wenger. �� pic.twitter.com/9TPxyiEs6z— AS Roma English (@ASRomaEN) May 13, 2018 1:56PM Good afternoon Tyers here, happy to bring you news of the final day of the season, specifically Arsenal's trip to Huddersfield. The Terriers have given Arsene a generous welcome to the ground. What a nice reception for the boss ahead of his final game �� Fair play, @htafcdotcom ��#MerciArsènepic.twitter.com/iWfDrxrz9L— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 13, 2018 1:55PM Our preview What is it? It's the final game of the season for Huddersfield and Arsenal and, more significantly, the last in Arsene Wenger's 22-reign as Arsenal manager. When is it? It's on Sunday May 13 - ie today. What time is kick-off? It's a 3pm BST start. What TV channel is it on? It's not, unfortunately. Despite being Wenger's final game in charge of Arsenal, Sky Sports have opted to show the games at Liverpool and Newcastle instead. Arsenal fans wave farewell to Arsene Wenger at the Emirates - in pictures What is the team news? Huddersfield Town Huddersfield boss David Wagner will select from an unchanged squad for his side's last Premier League game of the season at home against Arsenal. Wagner has no new injuries following Wednesday night's draw at Chelsea, which secured them another season in the top flight. Tom Ince is hoping to feature after recovering from a hamstring injury, while Michael Hefele (knee), Elias Kachunga and Danny Williams (both ankle) remain sidelined. Provisional squad: Lossl, Kongolo, Schindler, Jorgensen, Hadergjonaj, Hogg, Mooy, Van La Parra, Pritchard, Ince, Quaner, Mounie, Malone, Depoitre, Billing, Coleman, Lowe, Smith. Arsenal Arsenal will be without the suspended Konstantinos Mavropanos for Arsene Wenger's final game as manager when the Gunners travel to Huddersfield on the last day of the Premier League season. The young defender was shown a straight red card in Wednesday's 3-1 loss at Leicester and will be forced to sit out the game in West Yorkshire having started the Gunners' last three league matches. Mesut Ozil (back), Mohamed Elneny (ankle), Laurent Koscielny and Santi Cazorla (both Achilles) are also missing but the likes of Alexandre Lacazette and Jack Wilshere could return after sitting out in midweek. Provisional squad: Cech, Ospina, Bellerin, Holding, Mustafi, Chambers, Mertesacker, Monreal, Nelson, Kolasinac, Maitland-Niles, Xhaka, Willock, Wilshere, Ramsey, Iwobi, Mkhitaryan, Welbeck, Lacazette, Nketiah, Aubameyang. What are they saying? David Wagner on Arsene Wenger "I can't imagine that this can happen again, so this only shows he has done something extraordinary," Wagner said. "Words don't describe enough how big this achievement is which he has done for his football club and football in this country. "I'm so happy that we are able to host him in his last Premier League game after 22 years, that we are able to host him in these circumstances, we really can give him all the honour and all the attention he deserves. "This is possible after our last result on Wednesday and we as a football club will do it. We have the biggest respect for what he has done and we're happy we play our last game against him." Best-priced accumulators | New customer offers Wenger on the Emirates "We had to do it," he said, when asked if he would take back the stadium move in exchange for trophies. "There is no club that can turn people who wanted to attend the game down. At the time I thought we were a bit too ambitious with 60,000 (capacity) but at the end of the day it worked," he said. "It's not really happened because other clubs have used outside resources. We had a double handicap. We had to pay back the debt and had to face the competition where clubs have even more resources than they usually have. "I believe Highbury had a special spirit. It's a cathedral, a church. You could smell the soul of every guy that played there. So it was special. It will always be special for me. "The Emirates for me was like buying a new house. It took us a while to feel at home there. It's a fantastic stadium - but there was something special at Highbury that you could never recreate when you build something new. What are the odds? Huddersfield 19/4 Arsenal - 4/7 Draw - 18/5 What's our prediction? Jason Burt: There is nothing riding on Arsene Wenger’s last match in charge of Arsenal except for one thing – can he really end the season as the only manager in English football not to gain any points away from home in 2018? Surely the Arsenal players will not let that happen while Huddersfield, safe from relegation, may still be on that party bus. Prediction: 1-3
And so it is, finally, “au revoir” Arsene. Arsenal ended Arsene Wenger’s 1,235thand final match as the club’s manager with his 707st and final win bringing to a close his remarkable 22 years at the club. The only goal was scored by Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Wenger’s last signing – or was it wholly his signing? – and at £56million in the January window the most expensive he ever made. The result meant that Arsenal did not suffer the ignominy of being the only team in the top four tiers of English football not to win a league point in 2018. For 22 years, for 1,235 games, for 49, 49 undefeated, for 7 FA Cups, for 3 @PremierLeague titles, for two Doubles, for winning the league at Old Trafford and White Hart Lane, for Wengerball, for the Invincibles, for your total love and devotion, we want to say... #MerciArsène❤️ pic.twitter.com/xkRXjLAid2— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 13, 2018 After seven successive Premier League defeats they won. One-nil to the Arsenal, in fact, although Wenger transformed them – in his pomp – into a much more free-flowing and brilliant football team which they will desperately hope to be again under his successor. Their sixth place finish is their lowest under the 68-year-old Frenchman and change is needed. It is “au revoir” of course and not goodbye as Wenger plans to work again, maybe even in the Premier League, and he will hope to be seen again in a dug-out in England. Wenger was afforded a guard of honour and a raucous reception before kick-off and peeled away to bow in front of the visiting Arsenal fans before trotting back to the away dug-out. On the roof of that dug-out there was a message - “Au revoir, Arsene et merci” – while Huddersfield paid their respects in words and images with Wenger’s face on the cover of the match programme. Arsene Wenger waves to the fans before the match Credit: Reuters It helped that Huddersfield were in celebratory mood having sealed their Premier League status with the mid-week draw away to Chelsea which, in terms of result, largely rendered the outcome of this game meaningless. Maybe that, also, was an appropriate final game for Wenger’s brilliant yet flawed reign. It would not end with a Europa League Final in Lyon against Marseille, his old nemesis, but here at Huddersfield. This game was not even televised. But there was also something else appropriate, and more fitting, with it being Huddersfield. Theirs is a history linked with Arsenal’s most celebrated manager before Wenger, Herbert Chapman, who won two leagues titles and an FA Cup for each club, of course. Soon after Steve Mounie spurned the first chance, planting a header too close to goalkeeper David Ospina – playing because Petr Cech had a minor injury – two planes circled the John Smith Stadium with banners thanking Wenger. How times had changed. The Arsenal fans sang: “He’s won more than you, Arsene Wenger, he’s won more than you” which provoked a response from the home supporters: "You wanted him out, you wanted him out... you two-faced b-------, you wanted him out." It continued to be Huddersfield who threatened and Tom Ince should have put them in front when he collected Alex Pritchard’s low cross, took a touch but then blazed his shot wastefully over the cross-bar. On 22 minutes, as planned, the crowd rose to give Wenger’s a minute’s applause to mark his 22 years as the Arsenal manager. Arsenal finally went close when Sead Kolasinac stabbed the ball wide from a flicked on corner. He was unmarked. But at least they had finally showed some intent and that was emphasised when they took the lead, before half-time, following a slick passing move. Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Alexandre Lacazette combined with the latter sliding the ball through to Aaron Ramsey who prodded it across goal for Aubameyang to force home at close-range for his 10thleague goal since joining the club in January. That was tough on Huddersfield who had appeared the more ambitious side and they almost drew level when Pritchard again provided for Ince, with a reverse pass, and his low shot across goal was heading for the far corner of the goal until Ospina tipped it away. #classy #nicetouch Credit: Reuters The pressure grew on Arsenal. Corner after corner was won by Huddersfield but they struggled to create any clear opportunities. Arsenal fashioned their own, though, when Lacazette was put clear only for the striker to dink his shot, from Mkhitaryan’s pass, into the arms of goalkeeper Jonas Lossl who had rushed out. Lossl did even better to then deny substitute Danny Welbeck after he rode a challenge and shot low. The goalkeeper blocked with legs. Huddersfield brought on Dean Whitehead, the 36-year-old midfielder who is retiring at the end of this season, as it turned into a celebration again although they came close to drawing level as Aaron Mooy clipped the top of the cross-bar with a cross-shot from Florent Hadergjonaj’s cushioned pass. In injury-time Huddersfield had one last chance as substitute Laurent Depoitre met a free-kick but he did not gain enough power and Ospina gathered and Wenger had his win as he quickly exited, straight down the tunnel as home fans invaded the pitch. 4:58PM Farewell, then, Arsene Wenger You were a brilliant manager and a good person. You transformed English football. You invented pasta. You produced a couple of amazing teams. You stayed too long. You have our thanks and our best wishes. And we now have a match report. Marouane Chamakh's hair mousse, Sumo wrestling and social anthropology - my time covering Arsene Wenger @JWTelegraphhttps://t.co/KkTKN00Ksr— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) May 13, 2018 4:57PM More banners! #classy #nicetouch Credit: Reuters 4:52PM Full time: Huddersfield 0 Arsenal 1 Arsene Wenger signs off with that rarest of commodities: an away win! Arsene Wenger bows down to Arsenal's travelling fans https://t.co/3CzXxUfDwDpic.twitter.com/ahnUinnfAn— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) May 13, 2018 4:51PM 90+ mins The ball is played in. A Huddersfield player gets a head on it, Ospina bravely gathers and gets a whack in the process. He's stopped it on the line. For a second there is a suggestion that it was over the line, but no. Bit of bad feeling from the players about the challenge on the keeper, and there's a booking. But it is no goal. 4:49PM 90+ mins We are going to have three minutes added. Arsenal fans singing about Arsene. It looks like we are going to have one final play... Huddersfield with a freekick 4:45PM 87 mins Hadergjonaj chests it through and Mooy unloads with a sizzling volley. It hits the bar. Why are you trying to ruin the boss' farewell, Aaron Mooy? �� The Huddersfield midfielder smashes one at goal... but thankfully it clips the bar on its way over#HTFCvAFC �� 0-1 ⚫️ (88) pic.twitter.com/WLGTlPpoFn— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 13, 2018 4:45PM 85 mins Dean Whitehead, who is retiring, comes on. Dean Whitehead makes way. 4:44PM 83 mins Xhaka nearly caps the Wenger era in unfitting fashion, but his long-range screamer goes wide. 4:39PM 81 mins Galloping run from Welbeck, but his decision making lets him down and he thumps the ball straight at the on-rushing keeper. 4:37PM 79 mins Mkhitaryan and Lacazette are through! Perfect ball from Mkhi, ut Lacazette tries to chip the keeper, and Lossl has read him like a comic. Easy grab in the end. 4:36PM 77 mins A corner into the box and that man Mounie has yet again got above his opponents. Cannot get the header on target. He goes down with cramp and, in fact, Wagner is now taking him off. Arsenal's defenders will be glad to see the back of him! 4:33PM 75 mins Ramsey and now Welbeck get chances to deliver balls in, but not able to find the pass. 4:30PM 72 mins Mounie now gets to work on Monreal. He's clattered in to him as they slide for the ball, and is now wrestling with him. 4:29PM 71 mins Arsene shuffles his pack for the last time. Maitland-Niles comes on, Iwobi off. 4:28PM 70 mins It is all Huddersfield, which isn't to say that Arsenal cannot do them on the break, but the pressure is all coming from the home side. They have a corner. Played short... back in... Mounie! No, that header is well wide. 4:25PM 66 mins Danny Welbeck and Nacho Monreal on. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Sead Kolasinac off. I guess Ospina is okay to carry on. He looks a bit sore. 4:24PM 65 mins Deep cross into the Arsenal box, Ospina gathers and gets clattered for his trouble. 4:23PM 64 mins Huddersfield really putting it up to Arsenal now. Mounie breaks, is fouled by Holding and advantage is played, not sure if it really helped their cause. 4:23PM 62 mins Hadergjonaj with an effort. 4:22PM 60 mins Tom Ince has run his race. Laurent Depoitre comes on. 4:17PM 59 mins Mooy with a nice crossfield switch, Pritchard with a reverse pass.... Ince runs onto the ball and cracks a low shot. Good save Ospina! 4:16PM 58 mins Rapier move from Arsenal makes Huddersfield look very lumpen. 4:15PM 57 mins Mooy has had a smack on the conker. There is some blood. 4:14PM 55 mins Huddersfield are clearly from the "if you don't buy a ticket..." school of thought. But they keep failing to hit the target. Alex Pritchard drills one over. 4:12PM 54 mins Ospina has hurt his foot/leg and is limping around gingerly. Ooh, fun! Will we see a lesser-spotted keeper? Matt Macey is the goalie on the bench. 4:10PM 52 mins Mounie attempts a bicycle kick. It is not a success. Florent Hadergjona has a go from the edge of the box. 4:10PM 51 mins Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang attempts to #turn #provider but crosses it straight into the keeper's arms. 4:07PM 48 mins Oh no, this is more familiar: individual error by Holding lets Mounie in. The bounce of the ball doesn't go in his favour. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang certainly has made a flying start to his PL career. Alan Shearer (Blackburn Rovers, 1992/93): 16 (12 goals, 4 assists) Micky Quinn (Coventry City, 1992/93): 16 (14 goals, 2 assists) Kevin Phillips (Sunderland, 1999/2000): 15 (13 goals, 2 assists) Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Arsenal, 2017/18): 14 (10 goals, 4 assists) Sergio Aguero (Manchester City, 2011/12): 14 (11 goals, 3 assists) Papiss Cisse (Newcastle United, 2011/12): 14 (13 goals, 1 assist) 4:05PM 47 mins Glory be, some muscular and competent defending from Arsenal! Mooy with a nice cross, Mounie is looking to get up but the Arsenal central defence block him off. 4:02PM 46 mins Second half is underway. What will it bring for Arsene and his team? 3:59PM A good day for fans of "nice touch". #nicetouch #nice #touch We're not crying, you are#MerciArsènepic.twitter.com/fjS2tbJUnz— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 13, 2018 3:58PM Tributes There was a sweet tribute to Arsene on 22 minutes (marking his 22 years) as both sets of fans rose to applaud. Fans asked him for a wave and he delivered. Arsene Wenger waves to the fans before the match Credit: Reuters 3:48PM Half time: Huddersfield 0 Arsenal 1 Arsene strides off to give his last half-time talk. A low-impact fixture, his side were a bit sloppy in the first 20, and Huddersfield had the better of it. The one moment of real forward quality came from Aubameyang, whose excellent movement took him into the six-yard box for a tap-in. 3:46PM Lingo bingo This "au revoir" and "merci" Arsene thing: he's been here 22 years. Wouldn't cheerio and cheers be better?— Paul Hayward (@_PaulHayward) May 13, 2018 3:46PM A nice gift from AW to his successor Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has become the fastest Arsenal player in history to reach 10 PL goals, taking him just 13 games to reach that tally. Congratulations, @Aubameyang7! #afcpic.twitter.com/25HTW3Piuq— afcstuff (@afcstuff) May 13, 2018 3:44PM 40 mins Arsenal looking a lot more confident now. HTFC had much the better of things in the first quarter. 3:39PM GOAL! Arsenal have scored And it is Aubameyang (38) YESSSSS AUBA!#HTFCvAFC �� 0-1 ⚫️ (38) pic.twitter.com/JC5H8JHfVI— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 13, 2018 Alexandre Lacazette slides it to Aaron Ramsey on the left. His low cross is on a silver plate for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who slots it away neatly. 3:35PM 33 mins This is a bit more like it! Passionate, aggressive sliding tackle from Terence Kongolo on Aubameyang, who was haring after a ball from Alex Iwobi. 3:33PM 31 mins Affable encounter, both sides happy to let each other take a touch and have a go at attacking. A bit like a game in the park after two cans. 3:31PM 28 mins Read an article by Sam Wallace earlier about players' wages. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang featured. Becoz eeez worf eeet. He really isn't. Anyhow. Here come Arsenal. Mkhi with lash at goal. Deflected for a corner. Arsenal's third such. Comes to nothing. 3:28PM 26 mins Arsenal go close. A corner, a flicked header, and Kolasinac stabs it wide at the back post. 3:25PM 22 mins Huddersfield fans: "You wanted him out, you wanted him out, you two-faced b*******, you wanted him out."#afc fans: "Herbert Chapman, he left 'cos you're s***."— James Olley (@JamesOlley) May 13, 2018 Applause from all corners of the ground to mark Wenger's 22 years. Pure class from #htafc fans, standing to applaud Wenger on 22 minutes, celebrating his 22 years at #afc. Whole stadium stands. Wenger steps from dug-out and waves his thanks.— Henry Winter (@henrywinter) May 13, 2018 Asked to "give us a wave", he does. Minute 22: the whole stadium rises as one to give the boss a standing ovation That's class from you, @htafcdotcom - thanks, we appreciate it ��#HTFCvAFC �� 0-0 ⚫️ (22) pic.twitter.com/egqQD3vAfV— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 13, 2018 3:21PM 19 mins Henrikh Mkhitaryan tries to get the freekick over the wall, but only manages to hit someone in the knee. A pathetic dead ball attempt. He wins an ill-deserved corner. That comes to little. 3:20PM 18 mins Arsenal break, but give it away. Now another break from the visitors. Sead Kolasinac , for some reason, decides he's going to try and beat the whole team. Chopped down on the edge of the area by Mathias Jorgensen. 3:18PM 14 mins Ince again! Another shot, this one wide. Arsenal haven't turned up at all and a team with better strikers than Huddersfield would be up by now. 3:15PM Plane speaking An airplane flies over the stadium with a message to Arsene Wenger Credit: Getty 3:14PM 10 mins Unless his spineless team wake up, old Mr W is going to be signing off with a defeat. They're getting opened up with ease here. Alex Pritchard gallopes onto a long ball. He clips it back for Ince, who should have done a lot better from 10 or so yards out. Wellied it over the bar. 3:10PM 9 mins Mounie, who is bullying these Arsenal boys, gets up for a header and crunches Mustafi. Delay while he gets attention. 3:09PM Thanks Fans hold up a Arsene Wenger banner Credit: Getty 3:07PM 5 mins A plane flies over the stadium with a 'Merci Arsene' banner. But the manager's attention is now focused on the Arsenal penalty area. A corner. Mounie again gets up above the defence. Heads it down at goal. Blocked. And a follow up! Christopher Schindler's struck that well, but Arsenal scramble clear. 3:04PM 3 mins But we have our first chance now, as Huddersfield get down the right. Cross in, Moune gets up, and he works the keeper with a header. 3:04PM 2 mins It's a happy occasion for the Huddersfield fans, able to go into the last day knowing that they will definitely be staying up. A friendly atmosphere so far. 3:02PM 1 mins Kick off. It's a nice day up in Hudders. 2:49PM Gifts aplenty �� Head Coach David Wagner presented Arsène Wenger with a special gift from #htafc ahead of today’s @premierleague match (AT) pic.twitter.com/AhIjPmbUtU— Huddersfield Town (@htafcdotcom) May 13, 2018 2:42PM Oh happy day Let's make sure we get our 716th and final win of the Wenger era#MerciArsènepic.twitter.com/5GSNIfNvXp— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 13, 2018 2:25PM It has finished 5-5 at Easter Road Just incredible. Right then. To business. 2:20PM Le Boss THE BOSS ❤️#MerciArsènepic.twitter.com/ThKzyCGKRw— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 13, 2018 2:18PM Brilliant piece on Arsene Wenger A generous, open-hearted article by a generous, open-hearted writer on a generous, open-hearted man. I commend this to you. Marouane Chamakh's hair mousse, Sumo wrestling and social anthropology - my time covering Arsene Wenger @JWTelegraphhttps://t.co/KkTKN00Ksr— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) May 13, 2018 2:12PM The age of Huddersfield For some reason, having not blogged Huddersfield all season, I have done them three times in a week. And what a week it has been for them: they went to Man City and Chelsea and got a point on both occasions, ensuring their Premier League status in the process. It's Wenger's 1235th and final match in charge of Arsenal Credit: Getty Images 2:10PM Those teams in full Huddersfield: Lossl, Hadergjonaj, Jorgensen, Schindler, Kongolo, Lowe, Pritchard, Mooy, Hogg, Ince, Mounie. Subs: Smith, Whitehead, Billing, Sabiri, Coleman, Depoitre, Stankovic. Arsenal: Ospina, Bellerin, Holding, Mustafi, Kolasinac, Iwobi, Xhaka, Ramsey, Mkhitaryan, Lacazette, Aubameyang. Subs: Mertesacker, Monreal, Welbeck, Maitland-Niles, Macey, Nketiah, Willock. Referee: Michael Oliver (Northumberland) 2:08PM If you'd like to keep abreast of the other action in the Premier League today, this is our live clockwatch megablog. 2:07PM The game of the season is currently on at Easter Road. Hibs 4 Rangers 5. Hibs were 3-0 up in 22 minutes. Rangers made it 3-3 by 40 minutes. Sensational entertainment. 2:03PM Huddersfield TEAM NEWS with @ViessmannUK: David Wagner has made four changes to #htafc’s starting XI for today’s @premierleague season-finale against @Arsenal. ➡️ @pritch_93, Tom Ince, Steve Mounié & @FloHadergjonaj ⬅️ Tommy Smith, @BillingPhilip, @vanlaparra17 & @laudepoitre (AT) pic.twitter.com/QnIJJKPn5n— Huddersfield Town (@htafcdotcom) May 13, 2018 2:02PM Arsenal team Here it is - our final starting XI under Arsène Wenger#MerciArsène#HTFCvAFCpic.twitter.com/eDuANvewsA— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 13, 2018 2:02PM Here come the teams for Arsene Wenger's last game. 2:01PM And Roma are also sending their best One year ago this month, there were many tears as #ASRoma fans said an emotional goodbye to @Totti after 25 years playing for his boyhood club. To coach the same team for 22 years is an incredible achievement. Good luck in your final game in charge of @Arsenal, Arsène Wenger. �� pic.twitter.com/9TPxyiEs6z— AS Roma English (@ASRomaEN) May 13, 2018 1:56PM Good afternoon Tyers here, happy to bring you news of the final day of the season, specifically Arsenal's trip to Huddersfield. The Terriers have given Arsene a generous welcome to the ground. What a nice reception for the boss ahead of his final game �� Fair play, @htafcdotcom ��#MerciArsènepic.twitter.com/iWfDrxrz9L— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 13, 2018 1:55PM Our preview What is it? It's the final game of the season for Huddersfield and Arsenal and, more significantly, the last in Arsene Wenger's 22-reign as Arsenal manager. When is it? It's on Sunday May 13 - ie today. What time is kick-off? It's a 3pm BST start. What TV channel is it on? It's not, unfortunately. Despite being Wenger's final game in charge of Arsenal, Sky Sports have opted to show the games at Liverpool and Newcastle instead. Arsenal fans wave farewell to Arsene Wenger at the Emirates - in pictures What is the team news? Huddersfield Town Huddersfield boss David Wagner will select from an unchanged squad for his side's last Premier League game of the season at home against Arsenal. Wagner has no new injuries following Wednesday night's draw at Chelsea, which secured them another season in the top flight. Tom Ince is hoping to feature after recovering from a hamstring injury, while Michael Hefele (knee), Elias Kachunga and Danny Williams (both ankle) remain sidelined. Provisional squad: Lossl, Kongolo, Schindler, Jorgensen, Hadergjonaj, Hogg, Mooy, Van La Parra, Pritchard, Ince, Quaner, Mounie, Malone, Depoitre, Billing, Coleman, Lowe, Smith. Arsenal Arsenal will be without the suspended Konstantinos Mavropanos for Arsene Wenger's final game as manager when the Gunners travel to Huddersfield on the last day of the Premier League season. The young defender was shown a straight red card in Wednesday's 3-1 loss at Leicester and will be forced to sit out the game in West Yorkshire having started the Gunners' last three league matches. Mesut Ozil (back), Mohamed Elneny (ankle), Laurent Koscielny and Santi Cazorla (both Achilles) are also missing but the likes of Alexandre Lacazette and Jack Wilshere could return after sitting out in midweek. Provisional squad: Cech, Ospina, Bellerin, Holding, Mustafi, Chambers, Mertesacker, Monreal, Nelson, Kolasinac, Maitland-Niles, Xhaka, Willock, Wilshere, Ramsey, Iwobi, Mkhitaryan, Welbeck, Lacazette, Nketiah, Aubameyang. What are they saying? David Wagner on Arsene Wenger "I can't imagine that this can happen again, so this only shows he has done something extraordinary," Wagner said. "Words don't describe enough how big this achievement is which he has done for his football club and football in this country. "I'm so happy that we are able to host him in his last Premier League game after 22 years, that we are able to host him in these circumstances, we really can give him all the honour and all the attention he deserves. "This is possible after our last result on Wednesday and we as a football club will do it. We have the biggest respect for what he has done and we're happy we play our last game against him." Best-priced accumulators | New customer offers Wenger on the Emirates "We had to do it," he said, when asked if he would take back the stadium move in exchange for trophies. "There is no club that can turn people who wanted to attend the game down. At the time I thought we were a bit too ambitious with 60,000 (capacity) but at the end of the day it worked," he said. "It's not really happened because other clubs have used outside resources. We had a double handicap. We had to pay back the debt and had to face the competition where clubs have even more resources than they usually have. "I believe Highbury had a special spirit. It's a cathedral, a church. You could smell the soul of every guy that played there. So it was special. It will always be special for me. "The Emirates for me was like buying a new house. It took us a while to feel at home there. It's a fantastic stadium - but there was something special at Highbury that you could never recreate when you build something new. What are the odds? Huddersfield 19/4 Arsenal - 4/7 Draw - 18/5 What's our prediction? Jason Burt: There is nothing riding on Arsene Wenger’s last match in charge of Arsenal except for one thing – can he really end the season as the only manager in English football not to gain any points away from home in 2018? Surely the Arsenal players will not let that happen while Huddersfield, safe from relegation, may still be on that party bus. Prediction: 1-3
Arsene Wenger signs off in unfamiliar style as Arsenal secure rare away win
And so it is, finally, “au revoir” Arsene. Arsenal ended Arsene Wenger’s 1,235thand final match as the club’s manager with his 707st and final win bringing to a close his remarkable 22 years at the club. The only goal was scored by Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Wenger’s last signing – or was it wholly his signing? – and at £56million in the January window the most expensive he ever made. The result meant that Arsenal did not suffer the ignominy of being the only team in the top four tiers of English football not to win a league point in 2018. For 22 years, for 1,235 games, for 49, 49 undefeated, for 7 FA Cups, for 3 @PremierLeague titles, for two Doubles, for winning the league at Old Trafford and White Hart Lane, for Wengerball, for the Invincibles, for your total love and devotion, we want to say... #MerciArsène❤️ pic.twitter.com/xkRXjLAid2— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 13, 2018 After seven successive Premier League defeats they won. One-nil to the Arsenal, in fact, although Wenger transformed them – in his pomp – into a much more free-flowing and brilliant football team which they will desperately hope to be again under his successor. Their sixth place finish is their lowest under the 68-year-old Frenchman and change is needed. It is “au revoir” of course and not goodbye as Wenger plans to work again, maybe even in the Premier League, and he will hope to be seen again in a dug-out in England. Wenger was afforded a guard of honour and a raucous reception before kick-off and peeled away to bow in front of the visiting Arsenal fans before trotting back to the away dug-out. On the roof of that dug-out there was a message - “Au revoir, Arsene et merci” – while Huddersfield paid their respects in words and images with Wenger’s face on the cover of the match programme. Arsene Wenger waves to the fans before the match Credit: Reuters It helped that Huddersfield were in celebratory mood having sealed their Premier League status with the mid-week draw away to Chelsea which, in terms of result, largely rendered the outcome of this game meaningless. Maybe that, also, was an appropriate final game for Wenger’s brilliant yet flawed reign. It would not end with a Europa League Final in Lyon against Marseille, his old nemesis, but here at Huddersfield. This game was not even televised. But there was also something else appropriate, and more fitting, with it being Huddersfield. Theirs is a history linked with Arsenal’s most celebrated manager before Wenger, Herbert Chapman, who won two leagues titles and an FA Cup for each club, of course. Soon after Steve Mounie spurned the first chance, planting a header too close to goalkeeper David Ospina – playing because Petr Cech had a minor injury – two planes circled the John Smith Stadium with banners thanking Wenger. How times had changed. The Arsenal fans sang: “He’s won more than you, Arsene Wenger, he’s won more than you” which provoked a response from the home supporters: "You wanted him out, you wanted him out... you two-faced b-------, you wanted him out." It continued to be Huddersfield who threatened and Tom Ince should have put them in front when he collected Alex Pritchard’s low cross, took a touch but then blazed his shot wastefully over the cross-bar. On 22 minutes, as planned, the crowd rose to give Wenger’s a minute’s applause to mark his 22 years as the Arsenal manager. Arsenal finally went close when Sead Kolasinac stabbed the ball wide from a flicked on corner. He was unmarked. But at least they had finally showed some intent and that was emphasised when they took the lead, before half-time, following a slick passing move. Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Alexandre Lacazette combined with the latter sliding the ball through to Aaron Ramsey who prodded it across goal for Aubameyang to force home at close-range for his 10thleague goal since joining the club in January. That was tough on Huddersfield who had appeared the more ambitious side and they almost drew level when Pritchard again provided for Ince, with a reverse pass, and his low shot across goal was heading for the far corner of the goal until Ospina tipped it away. #classy #nicetouch Credit: Reuters The pressure grew on Arsenal. Corner after corner was won by Huddersfield but they struggled to create any clear opportunities. Arsenal fashioned their own, though, when Lacazette was put clear only for the striker to dink his shot, from Mkhitaryan’s pass, into the arms of goalkeeper Jonas Lossl who had rushed out. Lossl did even better to then deny substitute Danny Welbeck after he rode a challenge and shot low. The goalkeeper blocked with legs. Huddersfield brought on Dean Whitehead, the 36-year-old midfielder who is retiring at the end of this season, as it turned into a celebration again although they came close to drawing level as Aaron Mooy clipped the top of the cross-bar with a cross-shot from Florent Hadergjonaj’s cushioned pass. In injury-time Huddersfield had one last chance as substitute Laurent Depoitre met a free-kick but he did not gain enough power and Ospina gathered and Wenger had his win as he quickly exited, straight down the tunnel as home fans invaded the pitch. 4:58PM Farewell, then, Arsene Wenger You were a brilliant manager and a good person. You transformed English football. You invented pasta. You produced a couple of amazing teams. You stayed too long. You have our thanks and our best wishes. And we now have a match report. Marouane Chamakh's hair mousse, Sumo wrestling and social anthropology - my time covering Arsene Wenger @JWTelegraphhttps://t.co/KkTKN00Ksr— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) May 13, 2018 4:57PM More banners! #classy #nicetouch Credit: Reuters 4:52PM Full time: Huddersfield 0 Arsenal 1 Arsene Wenger signs off with that rarest of commodities: an away win! Arsene Wenger bows down to Arsenal's travelling fans https://t.co/3CzXxUfDwDpic.twitter.com/ahnUinnfAn— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) May 13, 2018 4:51PM 90+ mins The ball is played in. A Huddersfield player gets a head on it, Ospina bravely gathers and gets a whack in the process. He's stopped it on the line. For a second there is a suggestion that it was over the line, but no. Bit of bad feeling from the players about the challenge on the keeper, and there's a booking. But it is no goal. 4:49PM 90+ mins We are going to have three minutes added. Arsenal fans singing about Arsene. It looks like we are going to have one final play... Huddersfield with a freekick 4:45PM 87 mins Hadergjonaj chests it through and Mooy unloads with a sizzling volley. It hits the bar. Why are you trying to ruin the boss' farewell, Aaron Mooy? �� The Huddersfield midfielder smashes one at goal... but thankfully it clips the bar on its way over#HTFCvAFC �� 0-1 ⚫️ (88) pic.twitter.com/WLGTlPpoFn— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 13, 2018 4:45PM 85 mins Dean Whitehead, who is retiring, comes on. Dean Whitehead makes way. 4:44PM 83 mins Xhaka nearly caps the Wenger era in unfitting fashion, but his long-range screamer goes wide. 4:39PM 81 mins Galloping run from Welbeck, but his decision making lets him down and he thumps the ball straight at the on-rushing keeper. 4:37PM 79 mins Mkhitaryan and Lacazette are through! Perfect ball from Mkhi, ut Lacazette tries to chip the keeper, and Lossl has read him like a comic. Easy grab in the end. 4:36PM 77 mins A corner into the box and that man Mounie has yet again got above his opponents. Cannot get the header on target. He goes down with cramp and, in fact, Wagner is now taking him off. Arsenal's defenders will be glad to see the back of him! 4:33PM 75 mins Ramsey and now Welbeck get chances to deliver balls in, but not able to find the pass. 4:30PM 72 mins Mounie now gets to work on Monreal. He's clattered in to him as they slide for the ball, and is now wrestling with him. 4:29PM 71 mins Arsene shuffles his pack for the last time. Maitland-Niles comes on, Iwobi off. 4:28PM 70 mins It is all Huddersfield, which isn't to say that Arsenal cannot do them on the break, but the pressure is all coming from the home side. They have a corner. Played short... back in... Mounie! No, that header is well wide. 4:25PM 66 mins Danny Welbeck and Nacho Monreal on. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Sead Kolasinac off. I guess Ospina is okay to carry on. He looks a bit sore. 4:24PM 65 mins Deep cross into the Arsenal box, Ospina gathers and gets clattered for his trouble. 4:23PM 64 mins Huddersfield really putting it up to Arsenal now. Mounie breaks, is fouled by Holding and advantage is played, not sure if it really helped their cause. 4:23PM 62 mins Hadergjonaj with an effort. 4:22PM 60 mins Tom Ince has run his race. Laurent Depoitre comes on. 4:17PM 59 mins Mooy with a nice crossfield switch, Pritchard with a reverse pass.... Ince runs onto the ball and cracks a low shot. Good save Ospina! 4:16PM 58 mins Rapier move from Arsenal makes Huddersfield look very lumpen. 4:15PM 57 mins Mooy has had a smack on the conker. There is some blood. 4:14PM 55 mins Huddersfield are clearly from the "if you don't buy a ticket..." school of thought. But they keep failing to hit the target. Alex Pritchard drills one over. 4:12PM 54 mins Ospina has hurt his foot/leg and is limping around gingerly. Ooh, fun! Will we see a lesser-spotted keeper? Matt Macey is the goalie on the bench. 4:10PM 52 mins Mounie attempts a bicycle kick. It is not a success. Florent Hadergjona has a go from the edge of the box. 4:10PM 51 mins Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang attempts to #turn #provider but crosses it straight into the keeper's arms. 4:07PM 48 mins Oh no, this is more familiar: individual error by Holding lets Mounie in. The bounce of the ball doesn't go in his favour. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang certainly has made a flying start to his PL career. Alan Shearer (Blackburn Rovers, 1992/93): 16 (12 goals, 4 assists) Micky Quinn (Coventry City, 1992/93): 16 (14 goals, 2 assists) Kevin Phillips (Sunderland, 1999/2000): 15 (13 goals, 2 assists) Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Arsenal, 2017/18): 14 (10 goals, 4 assists) Sergio Aguero (Manchester City, 2011/12): 14 (11 goals, 3 assists) Papiss Cisse (Newcastle United, 2011/12): 14 (13 goals, 1 assist) 4:05PM 47 mins Glory be, some muscular and competent defending from Arsenal! Mooy with a nice cross, Mounie is looking to get up but the Arsenal central defence block him off. 4:02PM 46 mins Second half is underway. What will it bring for Arsene and his team? 3:59PM A good day for fans of "nice touch". #nicetouch #nice #touch We're not crying, you are#MerciArsènepic.twitter.com/fjS2tbJUnz— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 13, 2018 3:58PM Tributes There was a sweet tribute to Arsene on 22 minutes (marking his 22 years) as both sets of fans rose to applaud. Fans asked him for a wave and he delivered. Arsene Wenger waves to the fans before the match Credit: Reuters 3:48PM Half time: Huddersfield 0 Arsenal 1 Arsene strides off to give his last half-time talk. A low-impact fixture, his side were a bit sloppy in the first 20, and Huddersfield had the better of it. The one moment of real forward quality came from Aubameyang, whose excellent movement took him into the six-yard box for a tap-in. 3:46PM Lingo bingo This "au revoir" and "merci" Arsene thing: he's been here 22 years. Wouldn't cheerio and cheers be better?— Paul Hayward (@_PaulHayward) May 13, 2018 3:46PM A nice gift from AW to his successor Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has become the fastest Arsenal player in history to reach 10 PL goals, taking him just 13 games to reach that tally. Congratulations, @Aubameyang7! #afcpic.twitter.com/25HTW3Piuq— afcstuff (@afcstuff) May 13, 2018 3:44PM 40 mins Arsenal looking a lot more confident now. HTFC had much the better of things in the first quarter. 3:39PM GOAL! Arsenal have scored And it is Aubameyang (38) YESSSSS AUBA!#HTFCvAFC �� 0-1 ⚫️ (38) pic.twitter.com/JC5H8JHfVI— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 13, 2018 Alexandre Lacazette slides it to Aaron Ramsey on the left. His low cross is on a silver plate for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who slots it away neatly. 3:35PM 33 mins This is a bit more like it! Passionate, aggressive sliding tackle from Terence Kongolo on Aubameyang, who was haring after a ball from Alex Iwobi. 3:33PM 31 mins Affable encounter, both sides happy to let each other take a touch and have a go at attacking. A bit like a game in the park after two cans. 3:31PM 28 mins Read an article by Sam Wallace earlier about players' wages. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang featured. Becoz eeez worf eeet. He really isn't. Anyhow. Here come Arsenal. Mkhi with lash at goal. Deflected for a corner. Arsenal's third such. Comes to nothing. 3:28PM 26 mins Arsenal go close. A corner, a flicked header, and Kolasinac stabs it wide at the back post. 3:25PM 22 mins Huddersfield fans: "You wanted him out, you wanted him out, you two-faced b*******, you wanted him out."#afc fans: "Herbert Chapman, he left 'cos you're s***."— James Olley (@JamesOlley) May 13, 2018 Applause from all corners of the ground to mark Wenger's 22 years. Pure class from #htafc fans, standing to applaud Wenger on 22 minutes, celebrating his 22 years at #afc. Whole stadium stands. Wenger steps from dug-out and waves his thanks.— Henry Winter (@henrywinter) May 13, 2018 Asked to "give us a wave", he does. Minute 22: the whole stadium rises as one to give the boss a standing ovation That's class from you, @htafcdotcom - thanks, we appreciate it ��#HTFCvAFC �� 0-0 ⚫️ (22) pic.twitter.com/egqQD3vAfV— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 13, 2018 3:21PM 19 mins Henrikh Mkhitaryan tries to get the freekick over the wall, but only manages to hit someone in the knee. A pathetic dead ball attempt. He wins an ill-deserved corner. That comes to little. 3:20PM 18 mins Arsenal break, but give it away. Now another break from the visitors. Sead Kolasinac , for some reason, decides he's going to try and beat the whole team. Chopped down on the edge of the area by Mathias Jorgensen. 3:18PM 14 mins Ince again! Another shot, this one wide. Arsenal haven't turned up at all and a team with better strikers than Huddersfield would be up by now. 3:15PM Plane speaking An airplane flies over the stadium with a message to Arsene Wenger Credit: Getty 3:14PM 10 mins Unless his spineless team wake up, old Mr W is going to be signing off with a defeat. They're getting opened up with ease here. Alex Pritchard gallopes onto a long ball. He clips it back for Ince, who should have done a lot better from 10 or so yards out. Wellied it over the bar. 3:10PM 9 mins Mounie, who is bullying these Arsenal boys, gets up for a header and crunches Mustafi. Delay while he gets attention. 3:09PM Thanks Fans hold up a Arsene Wenger banner Credit: Getty 3:07PM 5 mins A plane flies over the stadium with a 'Merci Arsene' banner. But the manager's attention is now focused on the Arsenal penalty area. A corner. Mounie again gets up above the defence. Heads it down at goal. Blocked. And a follow up! Christopher Schindler's struck that well, but Arsenal scramble clear. 3:04PM 3 mins But we have our first chance now, as Huddersfield get down the right. Cross in, Moune gets up, and he works the keeper with a header. 3:04PM 2 mins It's a happy occasion for the Huddersfield fans, able to go into the last day knowing that they will definitely be staying up. A friendly atmosphere so far. 3:02PM 1 mins Kick off. It's a nice day up in Hudders. 2:49PM Gifts aplenty �� Head Coach David Wagner presented Arsène Wenger with a special gift from #htafc ahead of today’s @premierleague match (AT) pic.twitter.com/AhIjPmbUtU— Huddersfield Town (@htafcdotcom) May 13, 2018 2:42PM Oh happy day Let's make sure we get our 716th and final win of the Wenger era#MerciArsènepic.twitter.com/5GSNIfNvXp— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 13, 2018 2:25PM It has finished 5-5 at Easter Road Just incredible. Right then. To business. 2:20PM Le Boss THE BOSS ❤️#MerciArsènepic.twitter.com/ThKzyCGKRw— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 13, 2018 2:18PM Brilliant piece on Arsene Wenger A generous, open-hearted article by a generous, open-hearted writer on a generous, open-hearted man. I commend this to you. Marouane Chamakh's hair mousse, Sumo wrestling and social anthropology - my time covering Arsene Wenger @JWTelegraphhttps://t.co/KkTKN00Ksr— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) May 13, 2018 2:12PM The age of Huddersfield For some reason, having not blogged Huddersfield all season, I have done them three times in a week. And what a week it has been for them: they went to Man City and Chelsea and got a point on both occasions, ensuring their Premier League status in the process. It's Wenger's 1235th and final match in charge of Arsenal Credit: Getty Images 2:10PM Those teams in full Huddersfield: Lossl, Hadergjonaj, Jorgensen, Schindler, Kongolo, Lowe, Pritchard, Mooy, Hogg, Ince, Mounie. Subs: Smith, Whitehead, Billing, Sabiri, Coleman, Depoitre, Stankovic. Arsenal: Ospina, Bellerin, Holding, Mustafi, Kolasinac, Iwobi, Xhaka, Ramsey, Mkhitaryan, Lacazette, Aubameyang. Subs: Mertesacker, Monreal, Welbeck, Maitland-Niles, Macey, Nketiah, Willock. Referee: Michael Oliver (Northumberland) 2:08PM If you'd like to keep abreast of the other action in the Premier League today, this is our live clockwatch megablog. 2:07PM The game of the season is currently on at Easter Road. Hibs 4 Rangers 5. Hibs were 3-0 up in 22 minutes. Rangers made it 3-3 by 40 minutes. Sensational entertainment. 2:03PM Huddersfield TEAM NEWS with @ViessmannUK: David Wagner has made four changes to #htafc’s starting XI for today’s @premierleague season-finale against @Arsenal. ➡️ @pritch_93, Tom Ince, Steve Mounié & @FloHadergjonaj ⬅️ Tommy Smith, @BillingPhilip, @vanlaparra17 & @laudepoitre (AT) pic.twitter.com/QnIJJKPn5n— Huddersfield Town (@htafcdotcom) May 13, 2018 2:02PM Arsenal team Here it is - our final starting XI under Arsène Wenger#MerciArsène#HTFCvAFCpic.twitter.com/eDuANvewsA— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 13, 2018 2:02PM Here come the teams for Arsene Wenger's last game. 2:01PM And Roma are also sending their best One year ago this month, there were many tears as #ASRoma fans said an emotional goodbye to @Totti after 25 years playing for his boyhood club. To coach the same team for 22 years is an incredible achievement. Good luck in your final game in charge of @Arsenal, Arsène Wenger. �� pic.twitter.com/9TPxyiEs6z— AS Roma English (@ASRomaEN) May 13, 2018 1:56PM Good afternoon Tyers here, happy to bring you news of the final day of the season, specifically Arsenal's trip to Huddersfield. The Terriers have given Arsene a generous welcome to the ground. What a nice reception for the boss ahead of his final game �� Fair play, @htafcdotcom ��#MerciArsènepic.twitter.com/iWfDrxrz9L— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 13, 2018 1:55PM Our preview What is it? It's the final game of the season for Huddersfield and Arsenal and, more significantly, the last in Arsene Wenger's 22-reign as Arsenal manager. When is it? It's on Sunday May 13 - ie today. What time is kick-off? It's a 3pm BST start. What TV channel is it on? It's not, unfortunately. Despite being Wenger's final game in charge of Arsenal, Sky Sports have opted to show the games at Liverpool and Newcastle instead. Arsenal fans wave farewell to Arsene Wenger at the Emirates - in pictures What is the team news? Huddersfield Town Huddersfield boss David Wagner will select from an unchanged squad for his side's last Premier League game of the season at home against Arsenal. Wagner has no new injuries following Wednesday night's draw at Chelsea, which secured them another season in the top flight. Tom Ince is hoping to feature after recovering from a hamstring injury, while Michael Hefele (knee), Elias Kachunga and Danny Williams (both ankle) remain sidelined. Provisional squad: Lossl, Kongolo, Schindler, Jorgensen, Hadergjonaj, Hogg, Mooy, Van La Parra, Pritchard, Ince, Quaner, Mounie, Malone, Depoitre, Billing, Coleman, Lowe, Smith. Arsenal Arsenal will be without the suspended Konstantinos Mavropanos for Arsene Wenger's final game as manager when the Gunners travel to Huddersfield on the last day of the Premier League season. The young defender was shown a straight red card in Wednesday's 3-1 loss at Leicester and will be forced to sit out the game in West Yorkshire having started the Gunners' last three league matches. Mesut Ozil (back), Mohamed Elneny (ankle), Laurent Koscielny and Santi Cazorla (both Achilles) are also missing but the likes of Alexandre Lacazette and Jack Wilshere could return after sitting out in midweek. Provisional squad: Cech, Ospina, Bellerin, Holding, Mustafi, Chambers, Mertesacker, Monreal, Nelson, Kolasinac, Maitland-Niles, Xhaka, Willock, Wilshere, Ramsey, Iwobi, Mkhitaryan, Welbeck, Lacazette, Nketiah, Aubameyang. What are they saying? David Wagner on Arsene Wenger "I can't imagine that this can happen again, so this only shows he has done something extraordinary," Wagner said. "Words don't describe enough how big this achievement is which he has done for his football club and football in this country. "I'm so happy that we are able to host him in his last Premier League game after 22 years, that we are able to host him in these circumstances, we really can give him all the honour and all the attention he deserves. "This is possible after our last result on Wednesday and we as a football club will do it. We have the biggest respect for what he has done and we're happy we play our last game against him." Best-priced accumulators | New customer offers Wenger on the Emirates "We had to do it," he said, when asked if he would take back the stadium move in exchange for trophies. "There is no club that can turn people who wanted to attend the game down. At the time I thought we were a bit too ambitious with 60,000 (capacity) but at the end of the day it worked," he said. "It's not really happened because other clubs have used outside resources. We had a double handicap. We had to pay back the debt and had to face the competition where clubs have even more resources than they usually have. "I believe Highbury had a special spirit. It's a cathedral, a church. You could smell the soul of every guy that played there. So it was special. It will always be special for me. "The Emirates for me was like buying a new house. It took us a while to feel at home there. It's a fantastic stadium - but there was something special at Highbury that you could never recreate when you build something new. What are the odds? Huddersfield 19/4 Arsenal - 4/7 Draw - 18/5 What's our prediction? Jason Burt: There is nothing riding on Arsene Wenger’s last match in charge of Arsenal except for one thing – can he really end the season as the only manager in English football not to gain any points away from home in 2018? Surely the Arsenal players will not let that happen while Huddersfield, safe from relegation, may still be on that party bus. Prediction: 1-3
To the end, there was dignity and, to use one of his favourite words, , humanity to Arsene Wenger as he bowed out,quite literally, as Arsenal manager after 22 years, 1,235 games and this, his 707th victory. One-nil to the Arsenal, in fact, although that was never a scoreline he cherished or that was associated with him. There was sentimentality, too – and why not as Wenger spoke of the appropriateness of Huddersfield Town being his final opponent in what otherwise was an inconsequential fixture? “Herbert Chapman, maybe our greatest manager, came from here,” Wenger said. “For me to come here on the last day had a special meaning when you know the history of our club. In fact, there was a photo just in front of the dressing room where Chapman smiled at me because he was on the photo.” Chapman smiling down on Wenger is certainly some romantic image, one that resonates powerfully for all Arsenal fans. Chapman was Huddersfield’s greatest manager, in their golden period in the 1920s when they won league titles, with three stars adorning their shirts, and were such a force in English football that he was poached by Arsenal and transformed them too. For 22 years, for 1,235 games, for 49, 49 undefeated, for 7 FA Cups, for 3 @PremierLeague titles, for two Doubles, for winning the league at Old Trafford and White Hart Lane, for Wengerball, for the Invincibles, for your total love and devotion, we want to say... #MerciArsène❤️ pic.twitter.com/xkRXjLAid2— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 13, 2018 Chapman revolutionised the role of the manager, making him more powerful in an era when decisions were made by committee. Privately, Wenger might ruefully consider the wheel is turning full circle away from his profession, given the nature of his departure, as he first walked past the bust of Chapman at the entrance to the John Smith Stadium, then the photograph before he took to the pitch to be met by a guard of honour. Before kick-off, Wenger strode towards the travelling Arsenal supporters and bowed to them, later saying it was a spontaneous act of appreciation. “We had disagreements, which I accept, but we had one thing in common: we loved Arsenal Football Club, and I wanted to share that with them,” he said. Thanks for the 22 years Credit: PA Wenger went to the away dug-out an hour before the game to get some “oxygen”. “It’s difficult to understand when you don’t know how deep the love is for the game [in England],” Wenger said. “It was a fantastic experience for me. Where do I go from there? That’s the difficulty. When you’ve experienced this intensity for such a long time, I don’t know where I go. I’ll remain a fan wherever I go.” Wenger will now look forward to the next phase of his career and his life. The 68-year-old has already divulged he has had many offers and confirmed that they included Premier League clubs. “Yes, I had offers, yes, of course,” he said, “but at the moment, I have not said anything to anybody. I came out of a long process and you cannot just the next morning go somewhere else. It’s impossible.” But could he manage against Arsenal? “I’m not ready for that at the moment,” Wenger said. “That would be very difficult, I’d stay at home that day. Maybe, I don’t envisage that at the moment. Maybe it’s better I go somewhere else.” He suggested that Arsenal are only “some additions” away from competing for the Premier League title. Although that may not only depend on how many is “some” but who manages them, one player who will be crucial to the future is surely Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. Arsene Wenger waves to the fans before the match Credit: Reuters Wenger’s final signing, if it was his decision, and most expensive ever signing scored the only goal, and it means he has struck 10 times in just 13 league games since he arrived in January for £56 million. The goal was also one that will have delighted Wenger as it was constructed through a slick passing move involving Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Alexandre Lacazette, with the latter sliding the ball through to Aaron Ramsey who prodded it across goal for Aubameyang to force home. Arsene Wenger's replacement at Arsenal That was tough on Huddersfield who should have scored through Steve Mounie, with a header, and Tom Ince, who ballooned over, but it did not detract from the celebratory atmosphere. However, there may be a pang of alarm from their supporters in the non-committal way manager David Wagner later spoke about his own future, having kept the club up against the odds. Fans hold up a Arsene Wenger banner Credit: Getty Club owner Dean Hoyle had taken to the pitch at half-time to suggest Wagner would stay, but the German later said simply that the chairman was putting “pressure” on himself with that declaration. Time will soon tell. THE BOSS ❤️#MerciArsènepic.twitter.com/ThKzyCGKRw— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 13, 2018 Huddersfield goalkeeper Jonas Lossl made smart saves from Lacazette and substitute Danny Welbeck while as they made most of the running, Huddersfield went closest when Aaron Mooy clipped the top of the cross-bar, and substitute Laurent Depoitre did not gain enough power with a header. Arsenal in a league of their own... pic.twitter.com/o0oP3Xxfbj— Charlie Eccleshare (@CDEccleshare) May 13, 2018 The result also meant that, at the eighth attempt, Arsenal did not maintain their unwanted record of being the only team in English football to collect just a point away from home in 2018. “I’m very proud, I’ve contributed a little bit,” Wenger said as he departed. “I’ve given some good moments to people who love the club. #classy #nicetouch Credit: Reuters “I don’t know what will stay or remain through the victories or defeats. I think what will remain is the formidable human aspect of the last 22 years – that is special, and I will cherish.” And rightly so. Plane truth: a banner for Arsene Credit: Getty 4:58PM Farewell, then, Arsene Wenger You were a brilliant manager and a good person. You transformed English football. You invented pasta. You produced a couple of amazing teams. You stayed too long. You have our thanks and our best wishes. And we now have a match report. Marouane Chamakh's hair mousse, Sumo wrestling and social anthropology - my time covering Arsene Wenger @JWTelegraphhttps://t.co/KkTKN00Ksr— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) May 13, 2018 4:57PM More banners! #classy #nicetouch Credit: Reuters 4:52PM Full time: Huddersfield 0 Arsenal 1 Arsene Wenger signs off with that rarest of commodities: an away win! Arsene Wenger bows down to Arsenal's travelling fans https://t.co/3CzXxUfDwDpic.twitter.com/ahnUinnfAn— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) May 13, 2018 4:51PM 90+ mins The ball is played in. A Huddersfield player gets a head on it, Ospina bravely gathers and gets a whack in the process. He's stopped it on the line. For a second there is a suggestion that it was over the line, but no. Bit of bad feeling from the players about the challenge on the keeper, and there's a booking. But it is no goal. 4:49PM 90+ mins We are going to have three minutes added. Arsenal fans singing about Arsene. It looks like we are going to have one final play... Huddersfield with a freekick 4:45PM 87 mins Hadergjonaj chests it through and Mooy unloads with a sizzling volley. It hits the bar. Why are you trying to ruin the boss' farewell, Aaron Mooy? �� The Huddersfield midfielder smashes one at goal... but thankfully it clips the bar on its way over#HTFCvAFC �� 0-1 ⚫️ (88) pic.twitter.com/WLGTlPpoFn— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 13, 2018 4:45PM 85 mins Dean Whitehead, who is retiring, comes on. Dean Whitehead makes way. 4:44PM 83 mins Xhaka nearly caps the Wenger era in unfitting fashion, but his long-range screamer goes wide. 4:39PM 81 mins Galloping run from Welbeck, but his decision making lets him down and he thumps the ball straight at the on-rushing keeper. 4:37PM 79 mins Mkhitaryan and Lacazette are through! Perfect ball from Mkhi, ut Lacazette tries to chip the keeper, and Lossl has read him like a comic. Easy grab in the end. 4:36PM 77 mins A corner into the box and that man Mounie has yet again got above his opponents. Cannot get the header on target. He goes down with cramp and, in fact, Wagner is now taking him off. Arsenal's defenders will be glad to see the back of him! 4:33PM 75 mins Ramsey and now Welbeck get chances to deliver balls in, but not able to find the pass. 4:30PM 72 mins Mounie now gets to work on Monreal. He's clattered in to him as they slide for the ball, and is now wrestling with him. 4:29PM 71 mins Arsene shuffles his pack for the last time. Maitland-Niles comes on, Iwobi off. 4:28PM 70 mins It is all Huddersfield, which isn't to say that Arsenal cannot do them on the break, but the pressure is all coming from the home side. They have a corner. Played short... back in... Mounie! No, that header is well wide. 4:25PM 66 mins Danny Welbeck and Nacho Monreal on. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Sead Kolasinac off. I guess Ospina is okay to carry on. He looks a bit sore. 4:24PM 65 mins Deep cross into the Arsenal box, Ospina gathers and gets clattered for his trouble. 4:23PM 64 mins Huddersfield really putting it up to Arsenal now. Mounie breaks, is fouled by Holding and advantage is played, not sure if it really helped their cause. 4:23PM 62 mins Hadergjonaj with an effort. 4:22PM 60 mins Tom Ince has run his race. Laurent Depoitre comes on. 4:17PM 59 mins Mooy with a nice crossfield switch, Pritchard with a reverse pass.... Ince runs onto the ball and cracks a low shot. Good save Ospina! 4:16PM 58 mins Rapier move from Arsenal makes Huddersfield look very lumpen. 4:15PM 57 mins Mooy has had a smack on the conker. There is some blood. 4:14PM 55 mins Huddersfield are clearly from the "if you don't buy a ticket..." school of thought. But they keep failing to hit the target. Alex Pritchard drills one over. 4:12PM 54 mins Ospina has hurt his foot/leg and is limping around gingerly. Ooh, fun! Will we see a lesser-spotted keeper? Matt Macey is the goalie on the bench. 4:10PM 52 mins Mounie attempts a bicycle kick. It is not a success. Florent Hadergjona has a go from the edge of the box. 4:10PM 51 mins Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang attempts to #turn #provider but crosses it straight into the keeper's arms. 4:07PM 48 mins Oh no, this is more familiar: individual error by Holding lets Mounie in. The bounce of the ball doesn't go in his favour. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang certainly has made a flying start to his PL career. Alan Shearer (Blackburn Rovers, 1992/93): 16 (12 goals, 4 assists) Micky Quinn (Coventry City, 1992/93): 16 (14 goals, 2 assists) Kevin Phillips (Sunderland, 1999/2000): 15 (13 goals, 2 assists) Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Arsenal, 2017/18): 14 (10 goals, 4 assists) Sergio Aguero (Manchester City, 2011/12): 14 (11 goals, 3 assists) Papiss Cisse (Newcastle United, 2011/12): 14 (13 goals, 1 assist) 4:05PM 47 mins Glory be, some muscular and competent defending from Arsenal! Mooy with a nice cross, Mounie is looking to get up but the Arsenal central defence block him off. 4:02PM 46 mins Second half is underway. What will it bring for Arsene and his team? 3:59PM A good day for fans of "nice touch". #nicetouch #nice #touch We're not crying, you are#MerciArsènepic.twitter.com/fjS2tbJUnz— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 13, 2018 3:58PM Tributes There was a sweet tribute to Arsene on 22 minutes (marking his 22 years) as both sets of fans rose to applaud. Fans asked him for a wave and he delivered. Arsene Wenger waves to the fans before the match Credit: Reuters 3:48PM Half time: Huddersfield 0 Arsenal 1 Arsene strides off to give his last half-time talk. A low-impact fixture, his side were a bit sloppy in the first 20, and Huddersfield had the better of it. The one moment of real forward quality came from Aubameyang, whose excellent movement took him into the six-yard box for a tap-in. 3:46PM Lingo bingo This "au revoir" and "merci" Arsene thing: he's been here 22 years. Wouldn't cheerio and cheers be better?— Paul Hayward (@_PaulHayward) May 13, 2018 3:46PM A nice gift from AW to his successor Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has become the fastest Arsenal player in history to reach 10 PL goals, taking him just 13 games to reach that tally. Congratulations, @Aubameyang7! #afcpic.twitter.com/25HTW3Piuq— afcstuff (@afcstuff) May 13, 2018 3:44PM 40 mins Arsenal looking a lot more confident now. HTFC had much the better of things in the first quarter. 3:39PM GOAL! Arsenal have scored And it is Aubameyang (38) YESSSSS AUBA!#HTFCvAFC �� 0-1 ⚫️ (38) pic.twitter.com/JC5H8JHfVI— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 13, 2018 Alexandre Lacazette slides it to Aaron Ramsey on the left. His low cross is on a silver plate for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who slots it away neatly. 3:35PM 33 mins This is a bit more like it! Passionate, aggressive sliding tackle from Terence Kongolo on Aubameyang, who was haring after a ball from Alex Iwobi. 3:33PM 31 mins Affable encounter, both sides happy to let each other take a touch and have a go at attacking. A bit like a game in the park after two cans. 3:31PM 28 mins Read an article by Sam Wallace earlier about players' wages. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang featured. Becoz eeez worf eeet. He really isn't. Anyhow. Here come Arsenal. Mkhi with lash at goal. Deflected for a corner. Arsenal's third such. Comes to nothing. 3:28PM 26 mins Arsenal go close. A corner, a flicked header, and Kolasinac stabs it wide at the back post. 3:25PM 22 mins Huddersfield fans: "You wanted him out, you wanted him out, you two-faced b*******, you wanted him out."#afc fans: "Herbert Chapman, he left 'cos you're s***."— James Olley (@JamesOlley) May 13, 2018 Applause from all corners of the ground to mark Wenger's 22 years. Pure class from #htafc fans, standing to applaud Wenger on 22 minutes, celebrating his 22 years at #afc. Whole stadium stands. Wenger steps from dug-out and waves his thanks.— Henry Winter (@henrywinter) May 13, 2018 Asked to "give us a wave", he does. Minute 22: the whole stadium rises as one to give the boss a standing ovation That's class from you, @htafcdotcom - thanks, we appreciate it ��#HTFCvAFC �� 0-0 ⚫️ (22) pic.twitter.com/egqQD3vAfV— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 13, 2018 3:21PM 19 mins Henrikh Mkhitaryan tries to get the freekick over the wall, but only manages to hit someone in the knee. A pathetic dead ball attempt. He wins an ill-deserved corner. That comes to little. 3:20PM 18 mins Arsenal break, but give it away. Now another break from the visitors. Sead Kolasinac , for some reason, decides he's going to try and beat the whole team. Chopped down on the edge of the area by Mathias Jorgensen. 3:18PM 14 mins Ince again! Another shot, this one wide. Arsenal haven't turned up at all and a team with better strikers than Huddersfield would be up by now. 3:15PM Plane speaking An airplane flies over the stadium with a message to Arsene Wenger Credit: Getty 3:14PM 10 mins Unless his spineless team wake up, old Mr W is going to be signing off with a defeat. They're getting opened up with ease here. Alex Pritchard gallopes onto a long ball. He clips it back for Ince, who should have done a lot better from 10 or so yards out. Wellied it over the bar. 3:10PM 9 mins Mounie, who is bullying these Arsenal boys, gets up for a header and crunches Mustafi. Delay while he gets attention. 3:09PM Thanks Fans hold up a Arsene Wenger banner Credit: Getty 3:07PM 5 mins A plane flies over the stadium with a 'Merci Arsene' banner. But the manager's attention is now focused on the Arsenal penalty area. A corner. Mounie again gets up above the defence. Heads it down at goal. Blocked. And a follow up! Christopher Schindler's struck that well, but Arsenal scramble clear. 3:04PM 3 mins But we have our first chance now, as Huddersfield get down the right. Cross in, Moune gets up, and he works the keeper with a header. 3:04PM 2 mins It's a happy occasion for the Huddersfield fans, able to go into the last day knowing that they will definitely be staying up. A friendly atmosphere so far. 3:02PM 1 mins Kick off. It's a nice day up in Hudders. 2:49PM Gifts aplenty �� Head Coach David Wagner presented Arsène Wenger with a special gift from #htafc ahead of today’s @premierleague match (AT) pic.twitter.com/AhIjPmbUtU— Huddersfield Town (@htafcdotcom) May 13, 2018 2:42PM Oh happy day Let's make sure we get our 716th and final win of the Wenger era#MerciArsènepic.twitter.com/5GSNIfNvXp— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 13, 2018 2:25PM It has finished 5-5 at Easter Road Just incredible. Right then. To business. 2:20PM Le Boss THE BOSS ❤️#MerciArsènepic.twitter.com/ThKzyCGKRw— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 13, 2018 2:18PM Brilliant piece on Arsene Wenger A generous, open-hearted article by a generous, open-hearted writer on a generous, open-hearted man. I commend this to you. Marouane Chamakh's hair mousse, Sumo wrestling and social anthropology - my time covering Arsene Wenger @JWTelegraphhttps://t.co/KkTKN00Ksr— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) May 13, 2018 2:12PM The age of Huddersfield For some reason, having not blogged Huddersfield all season, I have done them three times in a week. And what a week it has been for them: they went to Man City and Chelsea and got a point on both occasions, ensuring their Premier League status in the process. It's Wenger's 1235th and final match in charge of Arsenal Credit: Getty Images 2:10PM Those teams in full Huddersfield: Lossl, Hadergjonaj, Jorgensen, Schindler, Kongolo, Lowe, Pritchard, Mooy, Hogg, Ince, Mounie. Subs: Smith, Whitehead, Billing, Sabiri, Coleman, Depoitre, Stankovic. Arsenal: Ospina, Bellerin, Holding, Mustafi, Kolasinac, Iwobi, Xhaka, Ramsey, Mkhitaryan, Lacazette, Aubameyang. Subs: Mertesacker, Monreal, Welbeck, Maitland-Niles, Macey, Nketiah, Willock. Referee: Michael Oliver (Northumberland) 2:08PM If you'd like to keep abreast of the other action in the Premier League today, this is our live clockwatch megablog. 2:07PM The game of the season is currently on at Easter Road. Hibs 4 Rangers 5. Hibs were 3-0 up in 22 minutes. Rangers made it 3-3 by 40 minutes. Sensational entertainment. 2:03PM Huddersfield TEAM NEWS with @ViessmannUK: David Wagner has made four changes to #htafc’s starting XI for today’s @premierleague season-finale against @Arsenal. ➡️ @pritch_93, Tom Ince, Steve Mounié & @FloHadergjonaj ⬅️ Tommy Smith, @BillingPhilip, @vanlaparra17 & @laudepoitre (AT) pic.twitter.com/QnIJJKPn5n— Huddersfield Town (@htafcdotcom) May 13, 2018 2:02PM Arsenal team Here it is - our final starting XI under Arsène Wenger#MerciArsène#HTFCvAFCpic.twitter.com/eDuANvewsA— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 13, 2018 2:02PM Here come the teams for Arsene Wenger's last game. 2:01PM And Roma are also sending their best One year ago this month, there were many tears as #ASRoma fans said an emotional goodbye to @Totti after 25 years playing for his boyhood club. To coach the same team for 22 years is an incredible achievement. Good luck in your final game in charge of @Arsenal, Arsène Wenger. �� pic.twitter.com/9TPxyiEs6z— AS Roma English (@ASRomaEN) May 13, 2018 1:56PM Good afternoon Tyers here, happy to bring you news of the final day of the season, specifically Arsenal's trip to Huddersfield. The Terriers have given Arsene a generous welcome to the ground. What a nice reception for the boss ahead of his final game �� Fair play, @htafcdotcom ��#MerciArsènepic.twitter.com/iWfDrxrz9L— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 13, 2018 1:55PM Our preview What is it? It's the final game of the season for Huddersfield and Arsenal and, more significantly, the last in Arsene Wenger's 22-reign as Arsenal manager. When is it? It's on Sunday May 13 - ie today. What time is kick-off? It's a 3pm BST start. What TV channel is it on? It's not, unfortunately. Despite being Wenger's final game in charge of Arsenal, Sky Sports have opted to show the games at Liverpool and Newcastle instead. Arsenal fans wave farewell to Arsene Wenger at the Emirates - in pictures What is the team news? Huddersfield Town Huddersfield boss David Wagner will select from an unchanged squad for his side's last Premier League game of the season at home against Arsenal. Wagner has no new injuries following Wednesday night's draw at Chelsea, which secured them another season in the top flight. Tom Ince is hoping to feature after recovering from a hamstring injury, while Michael Hefele (knee), Elias Kachunga and Danny Williams (both ankle) remain sidelined. Provisional squad: Lossl, Kongolo, Schindler, Jorgensen, Hadergjonaj, Hogg, Mooy, Van La Parra, Pritchard, Ince, Quaner, Mounie, Malone, Depoitre, Billing, Coleman, Lowe, Smith. Arsenal Arsenal will be without the suspended Konstantinos Mavropanos for Arsene Wenger's final game as manager when the Gunners travel to Huddersfield on the last day of the Premier League season. The young defender was shown a straight red card in Wednesday's 3-1 loss at Leicester and will be forced to sit out the game in West Yorkshire having started the Gunners' last three league matches. Mesut Ozil (back), Mohamed Elneny (ankle), Laurent Koscielny and Santi Cazorla (both Achilles) are also missing but the likes of Alexandre Lacazette and Jack Wilshere could return after sitting out in midweek. Provisional squad: Cech, Ospina, Bellerin, Holding, Mustafi, Chambers, Mertesacker, Monreal, Nelson, Kolasinac, Maitland-Niles, Xhaka, Willock, Wilshere, Ramsey, Iwobi, Mkhitaryan, Welbeck, Lacazette, Nketiah, Aubameyang. What are they saying? David Wagner on Arsene Wenger "I can't imagine that this can happen again, so this only shows he has done something extraordinary," Wagner said. "Words don't describe enough how big this achievement is which he has done for his football club and football in this country. "I'm so happy that we are able to host him in his last Premier League game after 22 years, that we are able to host him in these circumstances, we really can give him all the honour and all the attention he deserves. "This is possible after our last result on Wednesday and we as a football club will do it. We have the biggest respect for what he has done and we're happy we play our last game against him." Best-priced accumulators | New customer offers Wenger on the Emirates "We had to do it," he said, when asked if he would take back the stadium move in exchange for trophies. "There is no club that can turn people who wanted to attend the game down. At the time I thought we were a bit too ambitious with 60,000 (capacity) but at the end of the day it worked," he said. "It's not really happened because other clubs have used outside resources. We had a double handicap. We had to pay back the debt and had to face the competition where clubs have even more resources than they usually have. "I believe Highbury had a special spirit. It's a cathedral, a church. You could smell the soul of every guy that played there. So it was special. It will always be special for me. "The Emirates for me was like buying a new house. It took us a while to feel at home there. It's a fantastic stadium - but there was something special at Highbury that you could never recreate when you build something new. What are the odds? Huddersfield 19/4 Arsenal - 4/7 Draw - 18/5 What's our prediction? Jason Burt: There is nothing riding on Arsene Wenger’s last match in charge of Arsenal except for one thing – can he really end the season as the only manager in English football not to gain any points away from home in 2018? Surely the Arsenal players will not let that happen while Huddersfield, safe from relegation, may still be on that party bus. Prediction: 1-3
Arsene Wenger signs off saying he 'had disagreements' with the fans: 'But we had one thing in common: we loved Arsenal FC'
To the end, there was dignity and, to use one of his favourite words, , humanity to Arsene Wenger as he bowed out,quite literally, as Arsenal manager after 22 years, 1,235 games and this, his 707th victory. One-nil to the Arsenal, in fact, although that was never a scoreline he cherished or that was associated with him. There was sentimentality, too – and why not as Wenger spoke of the appropriateness of Huddersfield Town being his final opponent in what otherwise was an inconsequential fixture? “Herbert Chapman, maybe our greatest manager, came from here,” Wenger said. “For me to come here on the last day had a special meaning when you know the history of our club. In fact, there was a photo just in front of the dressing room where Chapman smiled at me because he was on the photo.” Chapman smiling down on Wenger is certainly some romantic image, one that resonates powerfully for all Arsenal fans. Chapman was Huddersfield’s greatest manager, in their golden period in the 1920s when they won league titles, with three stars adorning their shirts, and were such a force in English football that he was poached by Arsenal and transformed them too. For 22 years, for 1,235 games, for 49, 49 undefeated, for 7 FA Cups, for 3 @PremierLeague titles, for two Doubles, for winning the league at Old Trafford and White Hart Lane, for Wengerball, for the Invincibles, for your total love and devotion, we want to say... #MerciArsène❤️ pic.twitter.com/xkRXjLAid2— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 13, 2018 Chapman revolutionised the role of the manager, making him more powerful in an era when decisions were made by committee. Privately, Wenger might ruefully consider the wheel is turning full circle away from his profession, given the nature of his departure, as he first walked past the bust of Chapman at the entrance to the John Smith Stadium, then the photograph before he took to the pitch to be met by a guard of honour. Before kick-off, Wenger strode towards the travelling Arsenal supporters and bowed to them, later saying it was a spontaneous act of appreciation. “We had disagreements, which I accept, but we had one thing in common: we loved Arsenal Football Club, and I wanted to share that with them,” he said. Thanks for the 22 years Credit: PA Wenger went to the away dug-out an hour before the game to get some “oxygen”. “It’s difficult to understand when you don’t know how deep the love is for the game [in England],” Wenger said. “It was a fantastic experience for me. Where do I go from there? That’s the difficulty. When you’ve experienced this intensity for such a long time, I don’t know where I go. I’ll remain a fan wherever I go.” Wenger will now look forward to the next phase of his career and his life. The 68-year-old has already divulged he has had many offers and confirmed that they included Premier League clubs. “Yes, I had offers, yes, of course,” he said, “but at the moment, I have not said anything to anybody. I came out of a long process and you cannot just the next morning go somewhere else. It’s impossible.” But could he manage against Arsenal? “I’m not ready for that at the moment,” Wenger said. “That would be very difficult, I’d stay at home that day. Maybe, I don’t envisage that at the moment. Maybe it’s better I go somewhere else.” He suggested that Arsenal are only “some additions” away from competing for the Premier League title. Although that may not only depend on how many is “some” but who manages them, one player who will be crucial to the future is surely Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. Arsene Wenger waves to the fans before the match Credit: Reuters Wenger’s final signing, if it was his decision, and most expensive ever signing scored the only goal, and it means he has struck 10 times in just 13 league games since he arrived in January for £56 million. The goal was also one that will have delighted Wenger as it was constructed through a slick passing move involving Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Alexandre Lacazette, with the latter sliding the ball through to Aaron Ramsey who prodded it across goal for Aubameyang to force home. Arsene Wenger's replacement at Arsenal That was tough on Huddersfield who should have scored through Steve Mounie, with a header, and Tom Ince, who ballooned over, but it did not detract from the celebratory atmosphere. However, there may be a pang of alarm from their supporters in the non-committal way manager David Wagner later spoke about his own future, having kept the club up against the odds. Fans hold up a Arsene Wenger banner Credit: Getty Club owner Dean Hoyle had taken to the pitch at half-time to suggest Wagner would stay, but the German later said simply that the chairman was putting “pressure” on himself with that declaration. Time will soon tell. THE BOSS ❤️#MerciArsènepic.twitter.com/ThKzyCGKRw— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 13, 2018 Huddersfield goalkeeper Jonas Lossl made smart saves from Lacazette and substitute Danny Welbeck while as they made most of the running, Huddersfield went closest when Aaron Mooy clipped the top of the cross-bar, and substitute Laurent Depoitre did not gain enough power with a header. Arsenal in a league of their own... pic.twitter.com/o0oP3Xxfbj— Charlie Eccleshare (@CDEccleshare) May 13, 2018 The result also meant that, at the eighth attempt, Arsenal did not maintain their unwanted record of being the only team in English football to collect just a point away from home in 2018. “I’m very proud, I’ve contributed a little bit,” Wenger said as he departed. “I’ve given some good moments to people who love the club. #classy #nicetouch Credit: Reuters “I don’t know what will stay or remain through the victories or defeats. I think what will remain is the formidable human aspect of the last 22 years – that is special, and I will cherish.” And rightly so. Plane truth: a banner for Arsene Credit: Getty 4:58PM Farewell, then, Arsene Wenger You were a brilliant manager and a good person. You transformed English football. You invented pasta. You produced a couple of amazing teams. You stayed too long. You have our thanks and our best wishes. And we now have a match report. Marouane Chamakh's hair mousse, Sumo wrestling and social anthropology - my time covering Arsene Wenger @JWTelegraphhttps://t.co/KkTKN00Ksr— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) May 13, 2018 4:57PM More banners! #classy #nicetouch Credit: Reuters 4:52PM Full time: Huddersfield 0 Arsenal 1 Arsene Wenger signs off with that rarest of commodities: an away win! Arsene Wenger bows down to Arsenal's travelling fans https://t.co/3CzXxUfDwDpic.twitter.com/ahnUinnfAn— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) May 13, 2018 4:51PM 90+ mins The ball is played in. A Huddersfield player gets a head on it, Ospina bravely gathers and gets a whack in the process. He's stopped it on the line. For a second there is a suggestion that it was over the line, but no. Bit of bad feeling from the players about the challenge on the keeper, and there's a booking. But it is no goal. 4:49PM 90+ mins We are going to have three minutes added. Arsenal fans singing about Arsene. It looks like we are going to have one final play... Huddersfield with a freekick 4:45PM 87 mins Hadergjonaj chests it through and Mooy unloads with a sizzling volley. It hits the bar. Why are you trying to ruin the boss' farewell, Aaron Mooy? �� The Huddersfield midfielder smashes one at goal... but thankfully it clips the bar on its way over#HTFCvAFC �� 0-1 ⚫️ (88) pic.twitter.com/WLGTlPpoFn— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 13, 2018 4:45PM 85 mins Dean Whitehead, who is retiring, comes on. Dean Whitehead makes way. 4:44PM 83 mins Xhaka nearly caps the Wenger era in unfitting fashion, but his long-range screamer goes wide. 4:39PM 81 mins Galloping run from Welbeck, but his decision making lets him down and he thumps the ball straight at the on-rushing keeper. 4:37PM 79 mins Mkhitaryan and Lacazette are through! Perfect ball from Mkhi, ut Lacazette tries to chip the keeper, and Lossl has read him like a comic. Easy grab in the end. 4:36PM 77 mins A corner into the box and that man Mounie has yet again got above his opponents. Cannot get the header on target. He goes down with cramp and, in fact, Wagner is now taking him off. Arsenal's defenders will be glad to see the back of him! 4:33PM 75 mins Ramsey and now Welbeck get chances to deliver balls in, but not able to find the pass. 4:30PM 72 mins Mounie now gets to work on Monreal. He's clattered in to him as they slide for the ball, and is now wrestling with him. 4:29PM 71 mins Arsene shuffles his pack for the last time. Maitland-Niles comes on, Iwobi off. 4:28PM 70 mins It is all Huddersfield, which isn't to say that Arsenal cannot do them on the break, but the pressure is all coming from the home side. They have a corner. Played short... back in... Mounie! No, that header is well wide. 4:25PM 66 mins Danny Welbeck and Nacho Monreal on. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Sead Kolasinac off. I guess Ospina is okay to carry on. He looks a bit sore. 4:24PM 65 mins Deep cross into the Arsenal box, Ospina gathers and gets clattered for his trouble. 4:23PM 64 mins Huddersfield really putting it up to Arsenal now. Mounie breaks, is fouled by Holding and advantage is played, not sure if it really helped their cause. 4:23PM 62 mins Hadergjonaj with an effort. 4:22PM 60 mins Tom Ince has run his race. Laurent Depoitre comes on. 4:17PM 59 mins Mooy with a nice crossfield switch, Pritchard with a reverse pass.... Ince runs onto the ball and cracks a low shot. Good save Ospina! 4:16PM 58 mins Rapier move from Arsenal makes Huddersfield look very lumpen. 4:15PM 57 mins Mooy has had a smack on the conker. There is some blood. 4:14PM 55 mins Huddersfield are clearly from the "if you don't buy a ticket..." school of thought. But they keep failing to hit the target. Alex Pritchard drills one over. 4:12PM 54 mins Ospina has hurt his foot/leg and is limping around gingerly. Ooh, fun! Will we see a lesser-spotted keeper? Matt Macey is the goalie on the bench. 4:10PM 52 mins Mounie attempts a bicycle kick. It is not a success. Florent Hadergjona has a go from the edge of the box. 4:10PM 51 mins Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang attempts to #turn #provider but crosses it straight into the keeper's arms. 4:07PM 48 mins Oh no, this is more familiar: individual error by Holding lets Mounie in. The bounce of the ball doesn't go in his favour. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang certainly has made a flying start to his PL career. Alan Shearer (Blackburn Rovers, 1992/93): 16 (12 goals, 4 assists) Micky Quinn (Coventry City, 1992/93): 16 (14 goals, 2 assists) Kevin Phillips (Sunderland, 1999/2000): 15 (13 goals, 2 assists) Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Arsenal, 2017/18): 14 (10 goals, 4 assists) Sergio Aguero (Manchester City, 2011/12): 14 (11 goals, 3 assists) Papiss Cisse (Newcastle United, 2011/12): 14 (13 goals, 1 assist) 4:05PM 47 mins Glory be, some muscular and competent defending from Arsenal! Mooy with a nice cross, Mounie is looking to get up but the Arsenal central defence block him off. 4:02PM 46 mins Second half is underway. What will it bring for Arsene and his team? 3:59PM A good day for fans of "nice touch". #nicetouch #nice #touch We're not crying, you are#MerciArsènepic.twitter.com/fjS2tbJUnz— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 13, 2018 3:58PM Tributes There was a sweet tribute to Arsene on 22 minutes (marking his 22 years) as both sets of fans rose to applaud. Fans asked him for a wave and he delivered. Arsene Wenger waves to the fans before the match Credit: Reuters 3:48PM Half time: Huddersfield 0 Arsenal 1 Arsene strides off to give his last half-time talk. A low-impact fixture, his side were a bit sloppy in the first 20, and Huddersfield had the better of it. The one moment of real forward quality came from Aubameyang, whose excellent movement took him into the six-yard box for a tap-in. 3:46PM Lingo bingo This "au revoir" and "merci" Arsene thing: he's been here 22 years. Wouldn't cheerio and cheers be better?— Paul Hayward (@_PaulHayward) May 13, 2018 3:46PM A nice gift from AW to his successor Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has become the fastest Arsenal player in history to reach 10 PL goals, taking him just 13 games to reach that tally. Congratulations, @Aubameyang7! #afcpic.twitter.com/25HTW3Piuq— afcstuff (@afcstuff) May 13, 2018 3:44PM 40 mins Arsenal looking a lot more confident now. HTFC had much the better of things in the first quarter. 3:39PM GOAL! Arsenal have scored And it is Aubameyang (38) YESSSSS AUBA!#HTFCvAFC �� 0-1 ⚫️ (38) pic.twitter.com/JC5H8JHfVI— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 13, 2018 Alexandre Lacazette slides it to Aaron Ramsey on the left. His low cross is on a silver plate for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who slots it away neatly. 3:35PM 33 mins This is a bit more like it! Passionate, aggressive sliding tackle from Terence Kongolo on Aubameyang, who was haring after a ball from Alex Iwobi. 3:33PM 31 mins Affable encounter, both sides happy to let each other take a touch and have a go at attacking. A bit like a game in the park after two cans. 3:31PM 28 mins Read an article by Sam Wallace earlier about players' wages. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang featured. Becoz eeez worf eeet. He really isn't. Anyhow. Here come Arsenal. Mkhi with lash at goal. Deflected for a corner. Arsenal's third such. Comes to nothing. 3:28PM 26 mins Arsenal go close. A corner, a flicked header, and Kolasinac stabs it wide at the back post. 3:25PM 22 mins Huddersfield fans: "You wanted him out, you wanted him out, you two-faced b*******, you wanted him out."#afc fans: "Herbert Chapman, he left 'cos you're s***."— James Olley (@JamesOlley) May 13, 2018 Applause from all corners of the ground to mark Wenger's 22 years. Pure class from #htafc fans, standing to applaud Wenger on 22 minutes, celebrating his 22 years at #afc. Whole stadium stands. Wenger steps from dug-out and waves his thanks.— Henry Winter (@henrywinter) May 13, 2018 Asked to "give us a wave", he does. Minute 22: the whole stadium rises as one to give the boss a standing ovation That's class from you, @htafcdotcom - thanks, we appreciate it ��#HTFCvAFC �� 0-0 ⚫️ (22) pic.twitter.com/egqQD3vAfV— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 13, 2018 3:21PM 19 mins Henrikh Mkhitaryan tries to get the freekick over the wall, but only manages to hit someone in the knee. A pathetic dead ball attempt. He wins an ill-deserved corner. That comes to little. 3:20PM 18 mins Arsenal break, but give it away. Now another break from the visitors. Sead Kolasinac , for some reason, decides he's going to try and beat the whole team. Chopped down on the edge of the area by Mathias Jorgensen. 3:18PM 14 mins Ince again! Another shot, this one wide. Arsenal haven't turned up at all and a team with better strikers than Huddersfield would be up by now. 3:15PM Plane speaking An airplane flies over the stadium with a message to Arsene Wenger Credit: Getty 3:14PM 10 mins Unless his spineless team wake up, old Mr W is going to be signing off with a defeat. They're getting opened up with ease here. Alex Pritchard gallopes onto a long ball. He clips it back for Ince, who should have done a lot better from 10 or so yards out. Wellied it over the bar. 3:10PM 9 mins Mounie, who is bullying these Arsenal boys, gets up for a header and crunches Mustafi. Delay while he gets attention. 3:09PM Thanks Fans hold up a Arsene Wenger banner Credit: Getty 3:07PM 5 mins A plane flies over the stadium with a 'Merci Arsene' banner. But the manager's attention is now focused on the Arsenal penalty area. A corner. Mounie again gets up above the defence. Heads it down at goal. Blocked. And a follow up! Christopher Schindler's struck that well, but Arsenal scramble clear. 3:04PM 3 mins But we have our first chance now, as Huddersfield get down the right. Cross in, Moune gets up, and he works the keeper with a header. 3:04PM 2 mins It's a happy occasion for the Huddersfield fans, able to go into the last day knowing that they will definitely be staying up. A friendly atmosphere so far. 3:02PM 1 mins Kick off. It's a nice day up in Hudders. 2:49PM Gifts aplenty �� Head Coach David Wagner presented Arsène Wenger with a special gift from #htafc ahead of today’s @premierleague match (AT) pic.twitter.com/AhIjPmbUtU— Huddersfield Town (@htafcdotcom) May 13, 2018 2:42PM Oh happy day Let's make sure we get our 716th and final win of the Wenger era#MerciArsènepic.twitter.com/5GSNIfNvXp— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 13, 2018 2:25PM It has finished 5-5 at Easter Road Just incredible. Right then. To business. 2:20PM Le Boss THE BOSS ❤️#MerciArsènepic.twitter.com/ThKzyCGKRw— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 13, 2018 2:18PM Brilliant piece on Arsene Wenger A generous, open-hearted article by a generous, open-hearted writer on a generous, open-hearted man. I commend this to you. Marouane Chamakh's hair mousse, Sumo wrestling and social anthropology - my time covering Arsene Wenger @JWTelegraphhttps://t.co/KkTKN00Ksr— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) May 13, 2018 2:12PM The age of Huddersfield For some reason, having not blogged Huddersfield all season, I have done them three times in a week. And what a week it has been for them: they went to Man City and Chelsea and got a point on both occasions, ensuring their Premier League status in the process. It's Wenger's 1235th and final match in charge of Arsenal Credit: Getty Images 2:10PM Those teams in full Huddersfield: Lossl, Hadergjonaj, Jorgensen, Schindler, Kongolo, Lowe, Pritchard, Mooy, Hogg, Ince, Mounie. Subs: Smith, Whitehead, Billing, Sabiri, Coleman, Depoitre, Stankovic. Arsenal: Ospina, Bellerin, Holding, Mustafi, Kolasinac, Iwobi, Xhaka, Ramsey, Mkhitaryan, Lacazette, Aubameyang. Subs: Mertesacker, Monreal, Welbeck, Maitland-Niles, Macey, Nketiah, Willock. Referee: Michael Oliver (Northumberland) 2:08PM If you'd like to keep abreast of the other action in the Premier League today, this is our live clockwatch megablog. 2:07PM The game of the season is currently on at Easter Road. Hibs 4 Rangers 5. Hibs were 3-0 up in 22 minutes. Rangers made it 3-3 by 40 minutes. Sensational entertainment. 2:03PM Huddersfield TEAM NEWS with @ViessmannUK: David Wagner has made four changes to #htafc’s starting XI for today’s @premierleague season-finale against @Arsenal. ➡️ @pritch_93, Tom Ince, Steve Mounié & @FloHadergjonaj ⬅️ Tommy Smith, @BillingPhilip, @vanlaparra17 & @laudepoitre (AT) pic.twitter.com/QnIJJKPn5n— Huddersfield Town (@htafcdotcom) May 13, 2018 2:02PM Arsenal team Here it is - our final starting XI under Arsène Wenger#MerciArsène#HTFCvAFCpic.twitter.com/eDuANvewsA— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 13, 2018 2:02PM Here come the teams for Arsene Wenger's last game. 2:01PM And Roma are also sending their best One year ago this month, there were many tears as #ASRoma fans said an emotional goodbye to @Totti after 25 years playing for his boyhood club. To coach the same team for 22 years is an incredible achievement. Good luck in your final game in charge of @Arsenal, Arsène Wenger. �� pic.twitter.com/9TPxyiEs6z— AS Roma English (@ASRomaEN) May 13, 2018 1:56PM Good afternoon Tyers here, happy to bring you news of the final day of the season, specifically Arsenal's trip to Huddersfield. The Terriers have given Arsene a generous welcome to the ground. What a nice reception for the boss ahead of his final game �� Fair play, @htafcdotcom ��#MerciArsènepic.twitter.com/iWfDrxrz9L— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 13, 2018 1:55PM Our preview What is it? It's the final game of the season for Huddersfield and Arsenal and, more significantly, the last in Arsene Wenger's 22-reign as Arsenal manager. When is it? It's on Sunday May 13 - ie today. What time is kick-off? It's a 3pm BST start. What TV channel is it on? It's not, unfortunately. Despite being Wenger's final game in charge of Arsenal, Sky Sports have opted to show the games at Liverpool and Newcastle instead. Arsenal fans wave farewell to Arsene Wenger at the Emirates - in pictures What is the team news? Huddersfield Town Huddersfield boss David Wagner will select from an unchanged squad for his side's last Premier League game of the season at home against Arsenal. Wagner has no new injuries following Wednesday night's draw at Chelsea, which secured them another season in the top flight. Tom Ince is hoping to feature after recovering from a hamstring injury, while Michael Hefele (knee), Elias Kachunga and Danny Williams (both ankle) remain sidelined. Provisional squad: Lossl, Kongolo, Schindler, Jorgensen, Hadergjonaj, Hogg, Mooy, Van La Parra, Pritchard, Ince, Quaner, Mounie, Malone, Depoitre, Billing, Coleman, Lowe, Smith. Arsenal Arsenal will be without the suspended Konstantinos Mavropanos for Arsene Wenger's final game as manager when the Gunners travel to Huddersfield on the last day of the Premier League season. The young defender was shown a straight red card in Wednesday's 3-1 loss at Leicester and will be forced to sit out the game in West Yorkshire having started the Gunners' last three league matches. Mesut Ozil (back), Mohamed Elneny (ankle), Laurent Koscielny and Santi Cazorla (both Achilles) are also missing but the likes of Alexandre Lacazette and Jack Wilshere could return after sitting out in midweek. Provisional squad: Cech, Ospina, Bellerin, Holding, Mustafi, Chambers, Mertesacker, Monreal, Nelson, Kolasinac, Maitland-Niles, Xhaka, Willock, Wilshere, Ramsey, Iwobi, Mkhitaryan, Welbeck, Lacazette, Nketiah, Aubameyang. What are they saying? David Wagner on Arsene Wenger "I can't imagine that this can happen again, so this only shows he has done something extraordinary," Wagner said. "Words don't describe enough how big this achievement is which he has done for his football club and football in this country. "I'm so happy that we are able to host him in his last Premier League game after 22 years, that we are able to host him in these circumstances, we really can give him all the honour and all the attention he deserves. "This is possible after our last result on Wednesday and we as a football club will do it. We have the biggest respect for what he has done and we're happy we play our last game against him." Best-priced accumulators | New customer offers Wenger on the Emirates "We had to do it," he said, when asked if he would take back the stadium move in exchange for trophies. "There is no club that can turn people who wanted to attend the game down. At the time I thought we were a bit too ambitious with 60,000 (capacity) but at the end of the day it worked," he said. "It's not really happened because other clubs have used outside resources. We had a double handicap. We had to pay back the debt and had to face the competition where clubs have even more resources than they usually have. "I believe Highbury had a special spirit. It's a cathedral, a church. You could smell the soul of every guy that played there. So it was special. It will always be special for me. "The Emirates for me was like buying a new house. It took us a while to feel at home there. It's a fantastic stadium - but there was something special at Highbury that you could never recreate when you build something new. What are the odds? Huddersfield 19/4 Arsenal - 4/7 Draw - 18/5 What's our prediction? Jason Burt: There is nothing riding on Arsene Wenger’s last match in charge of Arsenal except for one thing – can he really end the season as the only manager in English football not to gain any points away from home in 2018? Surely the Arsenal players will not let that happen while Huddersfield, safe from relegation, may still be on that party bus. Prediction: 1-3
To the end, there was dignity and, to use one of his favourite words, , humanity to Arsene Wenger as he bowed out,quite literally, as Arsenal manager after 22 years, 1,235 games and this, his 707th victory. One-nil to the Arsenal, in fact, although that was never a scoreline he cherished or that was associated with him. There was sentimentality, too – and why not as Wenger spoke of the appropriateness of Huddersfield Town being his final opponent in what otherwise was an inconsequential fixture? “Herbert Chapman, maybe our greatest manager, came from here,” Wenger said. “For me to come here on the last day had a special meaning when you know the history of our club. In fact, there was a photo just in front of the dressing room where Chapman smiled at me because he was on the photo.” Chapman smiling down on Wenger is certainly some romantic image, one that resonates powerfully for all Arsenal fans. Chapman was Huddersfield’s greatest manager, in their golden period in the 1920s when they won league titles, with three stars adorning their shirts, and were such a force in English football that he was poached by Arsenal and transformed them too. For 22 years, for 1,235 games, for 49, 49 undefeated, for 7 FA Cups, for 3 @PremierLeague titles, for two Doubles, for winning the league at Old Trafford and White Hart Lane, for Wengerball, for the Invincibles, for your total love and devotion, we want to say... #MerciArsène❤️ pic.twitter.com/xkRXjLAid2— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 13, 2018 Chapman revolutionised the role of the manager, making him more powerful in an era when decisions were made by committee. Privately, Wenger might ruefully consider the wheel is turning full circle away from his profession, given the nature of his departure, as he first walked past the bust of Chapman at the entrance to the John Smith Stadium, then the photograph before he took to the pitch to be met by a guard of honour. Before kick-off, Wenger strode towards the travelling Arsenal supporters and bowed to them, later saying it was a spontaneous act of appreciation. “We had disagreements, which I accept, but we had one thing in common: we loved Arsenal Football Club, and I wanted to share that with them,” he said. Thanks for the 22 years Credit: PA Wenger went to the away dug-out an hour before the game to get some “oxygen”. “It’s difficult to understand when you don’t know how deep the love is for the game [in England],” Wenger said. “It was a fantastic experience for me. Where do I go from there? That’s the difficulty. When you’ve experienced this intensity for such a long time, I don’t know where I go. I’ll remain a fan wherever I go.” Wenger will now look forward to the next phase of his career and his life. The 68-year-old has already divulged he has had many offers and confirmed that they included Premier League clubs. “Yes, I had offers, yes, of course,” he said, “but at the moment, I have not said anything to anybody. I came out of a long process and you cannot just the next morning go somewhere else. It’s impossible.” But could he manage against Arsenal? “I’m not ready for that at the moment,” Wenger said. “That would be very difficult, I’d stay at home that day. Maybe, I don’t envisage that at the moment. Maybe it’s better I go somewhere else.” He suggested that Arsenal are only “some additions” away from competing for the Premier League title. Although that may not only depend on how many is “some” but who manages them, one player who will be crucial to the future is surely Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. Arsene Wenger waves to the fans before the match Credit: Reuters Wenger’s final signing, if it was his decision, and most expensive ever signing scored the only goal, and it means he has struck 10 times in just 13 league games since he arrived in January for £56 million. The goal was also one that will have delighted Wenger as it was constructed through a slick passing move involving Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Alexandre Lacazette, with the latter sliding the ball through to Aaron Ramsey who prodded it across goal for Aubameyang to force home. Arsene Wenger's replacement at Arsenal That was tough on Huddersfield who should have scored through Steve Mounie, with a header, and Tom Ince, who ballooned over, but it did not detract from the celebratory atmosphere. However, there may be a pang of alarm from their supporters in the non-committal way manager David Wagner later spoke about his own future, having kept the club up against the odds. Fans hold up a Arsene Wenger banner Credit: Getty Club owner Dean Hoyle had taken to the pitch at half-time to suggest Wagner would stay, but the German later said simply that the chairman was putting “pressure” on himself with that declaration. Time will soon tell. THE BOSS ❤️#MerciArsènepic.twitter.com/ThKzyCGKRw— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 13, 2018 Huddersfield goalkeeper Jonas Lossl made smart saves from Lacazette and substitute Danny Welbeck while as they made most of the running, Huddersfield went closest when Aaron Mooy clipped the top of the cross-bar, and substitute Laurent Depoitre did not gain enough power with a header. Arsenal in a league of their own... pic.twitter.com/o0oP3Xxfbj— Charlie Eccleshare (@CDEccleshare) May 13, 2018 The result also meant that, at the eighth attempt, Arsenal did not maintain their unwanted record of being the only team in English football to collect just a point away from home in 2018. “I’m very proud, I’ve contributed a little bit,” Wenger said as he departed. “I’ve given some good moments to people who love the club. #classy #nicetouch Credit: Reuters “I don’t know what will stay or remain through the victories or defeats. I think what will remain is the formidable human aspect of the last 22 years – that is special, and I will cherish.” And rightly so. Plane truth: a banner for Arsene Credit: Getty 4:58PM Farewell, then, Arsene Wenger You were a brilliant manager and a good person. You transformed English football. You invented pasta. You produced a couple of amazing teams. You stayed too long. You have our thanks and our best wishes. And we now have a match report. Marouane Chamakh's hair mousse, Sumo wrestling and social anthropology - my time covering Arsene Wenger @JWTelegraphhttps://t.co/KkTKN00Ksr— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) May 13, 2018 4:57PM More banners! #classy #nicetouch Credit: Reuters 4:52PM Full time: Huddersfield 0 Arsenal 1 Arsene Wenger signs off with that rarest of commodities: an away win! Arsene Wenger bows down to Arsenal's travelling fans https://t.co/3CzXxUfDwDpic.twitter.com/ahnUinnfAn— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) May 13, 2018 4:51PM 90+ mins The ball is played in. A Huddersfield player gets a head on it, Ospina bravely gathers and gets a whack in the process. He's stopped it on the line. For a second there is a suggestion that it was over the line, but no. Bit of bad feeling from the players about the challenge on the keeper, and there's a booking. But it is no goal. 4:49PM 90+ mins We are going to have three minutes added. Arsenal fans singing about Arsene. It looks like we are going to have one final play... Huddersfield with a freekick 4:45PM 87 mins Hadergjonaj chests it through and Mooy unloads with a sizzling volley. It hits the bar. Why are you trying to ruin the boss' farewell, Aaron Mooy? �� The Huddersfield midfielder smashes one at goal... but thankfully it clips the bar on its way over#HTFCvAFC �� 0-1 ⚫️ (88) pic.twitter.com/WLGTlPpoFn— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 13, 2018 4:45PM 85 mins Dean Whitehead, who is retiring, comes on. Dean Whitehead makes way. 4:44PM 83 mins Xhaka nearly caps the Wenger era in unfitting fashion, but his long-range screamer goes wide. 4:39PM 81 mins Galloping run from Welbeck, but his decision making lets him down and he thumps the ball straight at the on-rushing keeper. 4:37PM 79 mins Mkhitaryan and Lacazette are through! Perfect ball from Mkhi, ut Lacazette tries to chip the keeper, and Lossl has read him like a comic. Easy grab in the end. 4:36PM 77 mins A corner into the box and that man Mounie has yet again got above his opponents. Cannot get the header on target. He goes down with cramp and, in fact, Wagner is now taking him off. Arsenal's defenders will be glad to see the back of him! 4:33PM 75 mins Ramsey and now Welbeck get chances to deliver balls in, but not able to find the pass. 4:30PM 72 mins Mounie now gets to work on Monreal. He's clattered in to him as they slide for the ball, and is now wrestling with him. 4:29PM 71 mins Arsene shuffles his pack for the last time. Maitland-Niles comes on, Iwobi off. 4:28PM 70 mins It is all Huddersfield, which isn't to say that Arsenal cannot do them on the break, but the pressure is all coming from the home side. They have a corner. Played short... back in... Mounie! No, that header is well wide. 4:25PM 66 mins Danny Welbeck and Nacho Monreal on. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Sead Kolasinac off. I guess Ospina is okay to carry on. He looks a bit sore. 4:24PM 65 mins Deep cross into the Arsenal box, Ospina gathers and gets clattered for his trouble. 4:23PM 64 mins Huddersfield really putting it up to Arsenal now. Mounie breaks, is fouled by Holding and advantage is played, not sure if it really helped their cause. 4:23PM 62 mins Hadergjonaj with an effort. 4:22PM 60 mins Tom Ince has run his race. Laurent Depoitre comes on. 4:17PM 59 mins Mooy with a nice crossfield switch, Pritchard with a reverse pass.... Ince runs onto the ball and cracks a low shot. Good save Ospina! 4:16PM 58 mins Rapier move from Arsenal makes Huddersfield look very lumpen. 4:15PM 57 mins Mooy has had a smack on the conker. There is some blood. 4:14PM 55 mins Huddersfield are clearly from the "if you don't buy a ticket..." school of thought. But they keep failing to hit the target. Alex Pritchard drills one over. 4:12PM 54 mins Ospina has hurt his foot/leg and is limping around gingerly. Ooh, fun! Will we see a lesser-spotted keeper? Matt Macey is the goalie on the bench. 4:10PM 52 mins Mounie attempts a bicycle kick. It is not a success. Florent Hadergjona has a go from the edge of the box. 4:10PM 51 mins Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang attempts to #turn #provider but crosses it straight into the keeper's arms. 4:07PM 48 mins Oh no, this is more familiar: individual error by Holding lets Mounie in. The bounce of the ball doesn't go in his favour. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang certainly has made a flying start to his PL career. Alan Shearer (Blackburn Rovers, 1992/93): 16 (12 goals, 4 assists) Micky Quinn (Coventry City, 1992/93): 16 (14 goals, 2 assists) Kevin Phillips (Sunderland, 1999/2000): 15 (13 goals, 2 assists) Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Arsenal, 2017/18): 14 (10 goals, 4 assists) Sergio Aguero (Manchester City, 2011/12): 14 (11 goals, 3 assists) Papiss Cisse (Newcastle United, 2011/12): 14 (13 goals, 1 assist) 4:05PM 47 mins Glory be, some muscular and competent defending from Arsenal! Mooy with a nice cross, Mounie is looking to get up but the Arsenal central defence block him off. 4:02PM 46 mins Second half is underway. What will it bring for Arsene and his team? 3:59PM A good day for fans of "nice touch". #nicetouch #nice #touch We're not crying, you are#MerciArsènepic.twitter.com/fjS2tbJUnz— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 13, 2018 3:58PM Tributes There was a sweet tribute to Arsene on 22 minutes (marking his 22 years) as both sets of fans rose to applaud. Fans asked him for a wave and he delivered. Arsene Wenger waves to the fans before the match Credit: Reuters 3:48PM Half time: Huddersfield 0 Arsenal 1 Arsene strides off to give his last half-time talk. A low-impact fixture, his side were a bit sloppy in the first 20, and Huddersfield had the better of it. The one moment of real forward quality came from Aubameyang, whose excellent movement took him into the six-yard box for a tap-in. 3:46PM Lingo bingo This "au revoir" and "merci" Arsene thing: he's been here 22 years. Wouldn't cheerio and cheers be better?— Paul Hayward (@_PaulHayward) May 13, 2018 3:46PM A nice gift from AW to his successor Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has become the fastest Arsenal player in history to reach 10 PL goals, taking him just 13 games to reach that tally. Congratulations, @Aubameyang7! #afcpic.twitter.com/25HTW3Piuq— afcstuff (@afcstuff) May 13, 2018 3:44PM 40 mins Arsenal looking a lot more confident now. HTFC had much the better of things in the first quarter. 3:39PM GOAL! Arsenal have scored And it is Aubameyang (38) YESSSSS AUBA!#HTFCvAFC �� 0-1 ⚫️ (38) pic.twitter.com/JC5H8JHfVI— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 13, 2018 Alexandre Lacazette slides it to Aaron Ramsey on the left. His low cross is on a silver plate for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who slots it away neatly. 3:35PM 33 mins This is a bit more like it! Passionate, aggressive sliding tackle from Terence Kongolo on Aubameyang, who was haring after a ball from Alex Iwobi. 3:33PM 31 mins Affable encounter, both sides happy to let each other take a touch and have a go at attacking. A bit like a game in the park after two cans. 3:31PM 28 mins Read an article by Sam Wallace earlier about players' wages. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang featured. Becoz eeez worf eeet. He really isn't. Anyhow. Here come Arsenal. Mkhi with lash at goal. Deflected for a corner. Arsenal's third such. Comes to nothing. 3:28PM 26 mins Arsenal go close. A corner, a flicked header, and Kolasinac stabs it wide at the back post. 3:25PM 22 mins Huddersfield fans: "You wanted him out, you wanted him out, you two-faced b*******, you wanted him out."#afc fans: "Herbert Chapman, he left 'cos you're s***."— James Olley (@JamesOlley) May 13, 2018 Applause from all corners of the ground to mark Wenger's 22 years. Pure class from #htafc fans, standing to applaud Wenger on 22 minutes, celebrating his 22 years at #afc. Whole stadium stands. Wenger steps from dug-out and waves his thanks.— Henry Winter (@henrywinter) May 13, 2018 Asked to "give us a wave", he does. Minute 22: the whole stadium rises as one to give the boss a standing ovation That's class from you, @htafcdotcom - thanks, we appreciate it ��#HTFCvAFC �� 0-0 ⚫️ (22) pic.twitter.com/egqQD3vAfV— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 13, 2018 3:21PM 19 mins Henrikh Mkhitaryan tries to get the freekick over the wall, but only manages to hit someone in the knee. A pathetic dead ball attempt. He wins an ill-deserved corner. That comes to little. 3:20PM 18 mins Arsenal break, but give it away. Now another break from the visitors. Sead Kolasinac , for some reason, decides he's going to try and beat the whole team. Chopped down on the edge of the area by Mathias Jorgensen. 3:18PM 14 mins Ince again! Another shot, this one wide. Arsenal haven't turned up at all and a team with better strikers than Huddersfield would be up by now. 3:15PM Plane speaking An airplane flies over the stadium with a message to Arsene Wenger Credit: Getty 3:14PM 10 mins Unless his spineless team wake up, old Mr W is going to be signing off with a defeat. They're getting opened up with ease here. Alex Pritchard gallopes onto a long ball. He clips it back for Ince, who should have done a lot better from 10 or so yards out. Wellied it over the bar. 3:10PM 9 mins Mounie, who is bullying these Arsenal boys, gets up for a header and crunches Mustafi. Delay while he gets attention. 3:09PM Thanks Fans hold up a Arsene Wenger banner Credit: Getty 3:07PM 5 mins A plane flies over the stadium with a 'Merci Arsene' banner. But the manager's attention is now focused on the Arsenal penalty area. A corner. Mounie again gets up above the defence. Heads it down at goal. Blocked. And a follow up! Christopher Schindler's struck that well, but Arsenal scramble clear. 3:04PM 3 mins But we have our first chance now, as Huddersfield get down the right. Cross in, Moune gets up, and he works the keeper with a header. 3:04PM 2 mins It's a happy occasion for the Huddersfield fans, able to go into the last day knowing that they will definitely be staying up. A friendly atmosphere so far. 3:02PM 1 mins Kick off. It's a nice day up in Hudders. 2:49PM Gifts aplenty �� Head Coach David Wagner presented Arsène Wenger with a special gift from #htafc ahead of today’s @premierleague match (AT) pic.twitter.com/AhIjPmbUtU— Huddersfield Town (@htafcdotcom) May 13, 2018 2:42PM Oh happy day Let's make sure we get our 716th and final win of the Wenger era#MerciArsènepic.twitter.com/5GSNIfNvXp— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 13, 2018 2:25PM It has finished 5-5 at Easter Road Just incredible. Right then. To business. 2:20PM Le Boss THE BOSS ❤️#MerciArsènepic.twitter.com/ThKzyCGKRw— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 13, 2018 2:18PM Brilliant piece on Arsene Wenger A generous, open-hearted article by a generous, open-hearted writer on a generous, open-hearted man. I commend this to you. Marouane Chamakh's hair mousse, Sumo wrestling and social anthropology - my time covering Arsene Wenger @JWTelegraphhttps://t.co/KkTKN00Ksr— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) May 13, 2018 2:12PM The age of Huddersfield For some reason, having not blogged Huddersfield all season, I have done them three times in a week. And what a week it has been for them: they went to Man City and Chelsea and got a point on both occasions, ensuring their Premier League status in the process. It's Wenger's 1235th and final match in charge of Arsenal Credit: Getty Images 2:10PM Those teams in full Huddersfield: Lossl, Hadergjonaj, Jorgensen, Schindler, Kongolo, Lowe, Pritchard, Mooy, Hogg, Ince, Mounie. Subs: Smith, Whitehead, Billing, Sabiri, Coleman, Depoitre, Stankovic. Arsenal: Ospina, Bellerin, Holding, Mustafi, Kolasinac, Iwobi, Xhaka, Ramsey, Mkhitaryan, Lacazette, Aubameyang. Subs: Mertesacker, Monreal, Welbeck, Maitland-Niles, Macey, Nketiah, Willock. Referee: Michael Oliver (Northumberland) 2:08PM If you'd like to keep abreast of the other action in the Premier League today, this is our live clockwatch megablog. 2:07PM The game of the season is currently on at Easter Road. Hibs 4 Rangers 5. Hibs were 3-0 up in 22 minutes. Rangers made it 3-3 by 40 minutes. Sensational entertainment. 2:03PM Huddersfield TEAM NEWS with @ViessmannUK: David Wagner has made four changes to #htafc’s starting XI for today’s @premierleague season-finale against @Arsenal. ➡️ @pritch_93, Tom Ince, Steve Mounié & @FloHadergjonaj ⬅️ Tommy Smith, @BillingPhilip, @vanlaparra17 & @laudepoitre (AT) pic.twitter.com/QnIJJKPn5n— Huddersfield Town (@htafcdotcom) May 13, 2018 2:02PM Arsenal team Here it is - our final starting XI under Arsène Wenger#MerciArsène#HTFCvAFCpic.twitter.com/eDuANvewsA— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 13, 2018 2:02PM Here come the teams for Arsene Wenger's last game. 2:01PM And Roma are also sending their best One year ago this month, there were many tears as #ASRoma fans said an emotional goodbye to @Totti after 25 years playing for his boyhood club. To coach the same team for 22 years is an incredible achievement. Good luck in your final game in charge of @Arsenal, Arsène Wenger. �� pic.twitter.com/9TPxyiEs6z— AS Roma English (@ASRomaEN) May 13, 2018 1:56PM Good afternoon Tyers here, happy to bring you news of the final day of the season, specifically Arsenal's trip to Huddersfield. The Terriers have given Arsene a generous welcome to the ground. What a nice reception for the boss ahead of his final game �� Fair play, @htafcdotcom ��#MerciArsènepic.twitter.com/iWfDrxrz9L— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 13, 2018 1:55PM Our preview What is it? It's the final game of the season for Huddersfield and Arsenal and, more significantly, the last in Arsene Wenger's 22-reign as Arsenal manager. When is it? It's on Sunday May 13 - ie today. What time is kick-off? It's a 3pm BST start. What TV channel is it on? It's not, unfortunately. Despite being Wenger's final game in charge of Arsenal, Sky Sports have opted to show the games at Liverpool and Newcastle instead. Arsenal fans wave farewell to Arsene Wenger at the Emirates - in pictures What is the team news? Huddersfield Town Huddersfield boss David Wagner will select from an unchanged squad for his side's last Premier League game of the season at home against Arsenal. Wagner has no new injuries following Wednesday night's draw at Chelsea, which secured them another season in the top flight. Tom Ince is hoping to feature after recovering from a hamstring injury, while Michael Hefele (knee), Elias Kachunga and Danny Williams (both ankle) remain sidelined. Provisional squad: Lossl, Kongolo, Schindler, Jorgensen, Hadergjonaj, Hogg, Mooy, Van La Parra, Pritchard, Ince, Quaner, Mounie, Malone, Depoitre, Billing, Coleman, Lowe, Smith. Arsenal Arsenal will be without the suspended Konstantinos Mavropanos for Arsene Wenger's final game as manager when the Gunners travel to Huddersfield on the last day of the Premier League season. The young defender was shown a straight red card in Wednesday's 3-1 loss at Leicester and will be forced to sit out the game in West Yorkshire having started the Gunners' last three league matches. Mesut Ozil (back), Mohamed Elneny (ankle), Laurent Koscielny and Santi Cazorla (both Achilles) are also missing but the likes of Alexandre Lacazette and Jack Wilshere could return after sitting out in midweek. Provisional squad: Cech, Ospina, Bellerin, Holding, Mustafi, Chambers, Mertesacker, Monreal, Nelson, Kolasinac, Maitland-Niles, Xhaka, Willock, Wilshere, Ramsey, Iwobi, Mkhitaryan, Welbeck, Lacazette, Nketiah, Aubameyang. What are they saying? David Wagner on Arsene Wenger "I can't imagine that this can happen again, so this only shows he has done something extraordinary," Wagner said. "Words don't describe enough how big this achievement is which he has done for his football club and football in this country. "I'm so happy that we are able to host him in his last Premier League game after 22 years, that we are able to host him in these circumstances, we really can give him all the honour and all the attention he deserves. "This is possible after our last result on Wednesday and we as a football club will do it. We have the biggest respect for what he has done and we're happy we play our last game against him." Best-priced accumulators | New customer offers Wenger on the Emirates "We had to do it," he said, when asked if he would take back the stadium move in exchange for trophies. "There is no club that can turn people who wanted to attend the game down. At the time I thought we were a bit too ambitious with 60,000 (capacity) but at the end of the day it worked," he said. "It's not really happened because other clubs have used outside resources. We had a double handicap. We had to pay back the debt and had to face the competition where clubs have even more resources than they usually have. "I believe Highbury had a special spirit. It's a cathedral, a church. You could smell the soul of every guy that played there. So it was special. It will always be special for me. "The Emirates for me was like buying a new house. It took us a while to feel at home there. It's a fantastic stadium - but there was something special at Highbury that you could never recreate when you build something new. What are the odds? Huddersfield 19/4 Arsenal - 4/7 Draw - 18/5 What's our prediction? Jason Burt: There is nothing riding on Arsene Wenger’s last match in charge of Arsenal except for one thing – can he really end the season as the only manager in English football not to gain any points away from home in 2018? Surely the Arsenal players will not let that happen while Huddersfield, safe from relegation, may still be on that party bus. Prediction: 1-3
Arsene Wenger signs off saying he 'had disagreements' with the fans: 'But we had one thing in common: we loved Arsenal FC'
To the end, there was dignity and, to use one of his favourite words, , humanity to Arsene Wenger as he bowed out,quite literally, as Arsenal manager after 22 years, 1,235 games and this, his 707th victory. One-nil to the Arsenal, in fact, although that was never a scoreline he cherished or that was associated with him. There was sentimentality, too – and why not as Wenger spoke of the appropriateness of Huddersfield Town being his final opponent in what otherwise was an inconsequential fixture? “Herbert Chapman, maybe our greatest manager, came from here,” Wenger said. “For me to come here on the last day had a special meaning when you know the history of our club. In fact, there was a photo just in front of the dressing room where Chapman smiled at me because he was on the photo.” Chapman smiling down on Wenger is certainly some romantic image, one that resonates powerfully for all Arsenal fans. Chapman was Huddersfield’s greatest manager, in their golden period in the 1920s when they won league titles, with three stars adorning their shirts, and were such a force in English football that he was poached by Arsenal and transformed them too. For 22 years, for 1,235 games, for 49, 49 undefeated, for 7 FA Cups, for 3 @PremierLeague titles, for two Doubles, for winning the league at Old Trafford and White Hart Lane, for Wengerball, for the Invincibles, for your total love and devotion, we want to say... #MerciArsène❤️ pic.twitter.com/xkRXjLAid2— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 13, 2018 Chapman revolutionised the role of the manager, making him more powerful in an era when decisions were made by committee. Privately, Wenger might ruefully consider the wheel is turning full circle away from his profession, given the nature of his departure, as he first walked past the bust of Chapman at the entrance to the John Smith Stadium, then the photograph before he took to the pitch to be met by a guard of honour. Before kick-off, Wenger strode towards the travelling Arsenal supporters and bowed to them, later saying it was a spontaneous act of appreciation. “We had disagreements, which I accept, but we had one thing in common: we loved Arsenal Football Club, and I wanted to share that with them,” he said. Thanks for the 22 years Credit: PA Wenger went to the away dug-out an hour before the game to get some “oxygen”. “It’s difficult to understand when you don’t know how deep the love is for the game [in England],” Wenger said. “It was a fantastic experience for me. Where do I go from there? That’s the difficulty. When you’ve experienced this intensity for such a long time, I don’t know where I go. I’ll remain a fan wherever I go.” Wenger will now look forward to the next phase of his career and his life. The 68-year-old has already divulged he has had many offers and confirmed that they included Premier League clubs. “Yes, I had offers, yes, of course,” he said, “but at the moment, I have not said anything to anybody. I came out of a long process and you cannot just the next morning go somewhere else. It’s impossible.” But could he manage against Arsenal? “I’m not ready for that at the moment,” Wenger said. “That would be very difficult, I’d stay at home that day. Maybe, I don’t envisage that at the moment. Maybe it’s better I go somewhere else.” He suggested that Arsenal are only “some additions” away from competing for the Premier League title. Although that may not only depend on how many is “some” but who manages them, one player who will be crucial to the future is surely Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. Arsene Wenger waves to the fans before the match Credit: Reuters Wenger’s final signing, if it was his decision, and most expensive ever signing scored the only goal, and it means he has struck 10 times in just 13 league games since he arrived in January for £56 million. The goal was also one that will have delighted Wenger as it was constructed through a slick passing move involving Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Alexandre Lacazette, with the latter sliding the ball through to Aaron Ramsey who prodded it across goal for Aubameyang to force home. Arsene Wenger's replacement at Arsenal That was tough on Huddersfield who should have scored through Steve Mounie, with a header, and Tom Ince, who ballooned over, but it did not detract from the celebratory atmosphere. However, there may be a pang of alarm from their supporters in the non-committal way manager David Wagner later spoke about his own future, having kept the club up against the odds. Fans hold up a Arsene Wenger banner Credit: Getty Club owner Dean Hoyle had taken to the pitch at half-time to suggest Wagner would stay, but the German later said simply that the chairman was putting “pressure” on himself with that declaration. Time will soon tell. THE BOSS ❤️#MerciArsènepic.twitter.com/ThKzyCGKRw— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 13, 2018 Huddersfield goalkeeper Jonas Lossl made smart saves from Lacazette and substitute Danny Welbeck while as they made most of the running, Huddersfield went closest when Aaron Mooy clipped the top of the cross-bar, and substitute Laurent Depoitre did not gain enough power with a header. Arsenal in a league of their own... pic.twitter.com/o0oP3Xxfbj— Charlie Eccleshare (@CDEccleshare) May 13, 2018 The result also meant that, at the eighth attempt, Arsenal did not maintain their unwanted record of being the only team in English football to collect just a point away from home in 2018. “I’m very proud, I’ve contributed a little bit,” Wenger said as he departed. “I’ve given some good moments to people who love the club. #classy #nicetouch Credit: Reuters “I don’t know what will stay or remain through the victories or defeats. I think what will remain is the formidable human aspect of the last 22 years – that is special, and I will cherish.” And rightly so. Plane truth: a banner for Arsene Credit: Getty 4:58PM Farewell, then, Arsene Wenger You were a brilliant manager and a good person. You transformed English football. You invented pasta. You produced a couple of amazing teams. You stayed too long. You have our thanks and our best wishes. And we now have a match report. Marouane Chamakh's hair mousse, Sumo wrestling and social anthropology - my time covering Arsene Wenger @JWTelegraphhttps://t.co/KkTKN00Ksr— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) May 13, 2018 4:57PM More banners! #classy #nicetouch Credit: Reuters 4:52PM Full time: Huddersfield 0 Arsenal 1 Arsene Wenger signs off with that rarest of commodities: an away win! Arsene Wenger bows down to Arsenal's travelling fans https://t.co/3CzXxUfDwDpic.twitter.com/ahnUinnfAn— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) May 13, 2018 4:51PM 90+ mins The ball is played in. A Huddersfield player gets a head on it, Ospina bravely gathers and gets a whack in the process. He's stopped it on the line. For a second there is a suggestion that it was over the line, but no. Bit of bad feeling from the players about the challenge on the keeper, and there's a booking. But it is no goal. 4:49PM 90+ mins We are going to have three minutes added. Arsenal fans singing about Arsene. It looks like we are going to have one final play... Huddersfield with a freekick 4:45PM 87 mins Hadergjonaj chests it through and Mooy unloads with a sizzling volley. It hits the bar. Why are you trying to ruin the boss' farewell, Aaron Mooy? �� The Huddersfield midfielder smashes one at goal... but thankfully it clips the bar on its way over#HTFCvAFC �� 0-1 ⚫️ (88) pic.twitter.com/WLGTlPpoFn— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 13, 2018 4:45PM 85 mins Dean Whitehead, who is retiring, comes on. Dean Whitehead makes way. 4:44PM 83 mins Xhaka nearly caps the Wenger era in unfitting fashion, but his long-range screamer goes wide. 4:39PM 81 mins Galloping run from Welbeck, but his decision making lets him down and he thumps the ball straight at the on-rushing keeper. 4:37PM 79 mins Mkhitaryan and Lacazette are through! Perfect ball from Mkhi, ut Lacazette tries to chip the keeper, and Lossl has read him like a comic. Easy grab in the end. 4:36PM 77 mins A corner into the box and that man Mounie has yet again got above his opponents. Cannot get the header on target. He goes down with cramp and, in fact, Wagner is now taking him off. Arsenal's defenders will be glad to see the back of him! 4:33PM 75 mins Ramsey and now Welbeck get chances to deliver balls in, but not able to find the pass. 4:30PM 72 mins Mounie now gets to work on Monreal. He's clattered in to him as they slide for the ball, and is now wrestling with him. 4:29PM 71 mins Arsene shuffles his pack for the last time. Maitland-Niles comes on, Iwobi off. 4:28PM 70 mins It is all Huddersfield, which isn't to say that Arsenal cannot do them on the break, but the pressure is all coming from the home side. They have a corner. Played short... back in... Mounie! No, that header is well wide. 4:25PM 66 mins Danny Welbeck and Nacho Monreal on. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Sead Kolasinac off. I guess Ospina is okay to carry on. He looks a bit sore. 4:24PM 65 mins Deep cross into the Arsenal box, Ospina gathers and gets clattered for his trouble. 4:23PM 64 mins Huddersfield really putting it up to Arsenal now. Mounie breaks, is fouled by Holding and advantage is played, not sure if it really helped their cause. 4:23PM 62 mins Hadergjonaj with an effort. 4:22PM 60 mins Tom Ince has run his race. Laurent Depoitre comes on. 4:17PM 59 mins Mooy with a nice crossfield switch, Pritchard with a reverse pass.... Ince runs onto the ball and cracks a low shot. Good save Ospina! 4:16PM 58 mins Rapier move from Arsenal makes Huddersfield look very lumpen. 4:15PM 57 mins Mooy has had a smack on the conker. There is some blood. 4:14PM 55 mins Huddersfield are clearly from the "if you don't buy a ticket..." school of thought. But they keep failing to hit the target. Alex Pritchard drills one over. 4:12PM 54 mins Ospina has hurt his foot/leg and is limping around gingerly. Ooh, fun! Will we see a lesser-spotted keeper? Matt Macey is the goalie on the bench. 4:10PM 52 mins Mounie attempts a bicycle kick. It is not a success. Florent Hadergjona has a go from the edge of the box. 4:10PM 51 mins Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang attempts to #turn #provider but crosses it straight into the keeper's arms. 4:07PM 48 mins Oh no, this is more familiar: individual error by Holding lets Mounie in. The bounce of the ball doesn't go in his favour. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang certainly has made a flying start to his PL career. Alan Shearer (Blackburn Rovers, 1992/93): 16 (12 goals, 4 assists) Micky Quinn (Coventry City, 1992/93): 16 (14 goals, 2 assists) Kevin Phillips (Sunderland, 1999/2000): 15 (13 goals, 2 assists) Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Arsenal, 2017/18): 14 (10 goals, 4 assists) Sergio Aguero (Manchester City, 2011/12): 14 (11 goals, 3 assists) Papiss Cisse (Newcastle United, 2011/12): 14 (13 goals, 1 assist) 4:05PM 47 mins Glory be, some muscular and competent defending from Arsenal! Mooy with a nice cross, Mounie is looking to get up but the Arsenal central defence block him off. 4:02PM 46 mins Second half is underway. What will it bring for Arsene and his team? 3:59PM A good day for fans of "nice touch". #nicetouch #nice #touch We're not crying, you are#MerciArsènepic.twitter.com/fjS2tbJUnz— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 13, 2018 3:58PM Tributes There was a sweet tribute to Arsene on 22 minutes (marking his 22 years) as both sets of fans rose to applaud. Fans asked him for a wave and he delivered. Arsene Wenger waves to the fans before the match Credit: Reuters 3:48PM Half time: Huddersfield 0 Arsenal 1 Arsene strides off to give his last half-time talk. A low-impact fixture, his side were a bit sloppy in the first 20, and Huddersfield had the better of it. The one moment of real forward quality came from Aubameyang, whose excellent movement took him into the six-yard box for a tap-in. 3:46PM Lingo bingo This "au revoir" and "merci" Arsene thing: he's been here 22 years. Wouldn't cheerio and cheers be better?— Paul Hayward (@_PaulHayward) May 13, 2018 3:46PM A nice gift from AW to his successor Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has become the fastest Arsenal player in history to reach 10 PL goals, taking him just 13 games to reach that tally. Congratulations, @Aubameyang7! #afcpic.twitter.com/25HTW3Piuq— afcstuff (@afcstuff) May 13, 2018 3:44PM 40 mins Arsenal looking a lot more confident now. HTFC had much the better of things in the first quarter. 3:39PM GOAL! Arsenal have scored And it is Aubameyang (38) YESSSSS AUBA!#HTFCvAFC �� 0-1 ⚫️ (38) pic.twitter.com/JC5H8JHfVI— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 13, 2018 Alexandre Lacazette slides it to Aaron Ramsey on the left. His low cross is on a silver plate for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who slots it away neatly. 3:35PM 33 mins This is a bit more like it! Passionate, aggressive sliding tackle from Terence Kongolo on Aubameyang, who was haring after a ball from Alex Iwobi. 3:33PM 31 mins Affable encounter, both sides happy to let each other take a touch and have a go at attacking. A bit like a game in the park after two cans. 3:31PM 28 mins Read an article by Sam Wallace earlier about players' wages. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang featured. Becoz eeez worf eeet. He really isn't. Anyhow. Here come Arsenal. Mkhi with lash at goal. Deflected for a corner. Arsenal's third such. Comes to nothing. 3:28PM 26 mins Arsenal go close. A corner, a flicked header, and Kolasinac stabs it wide at the back post. 3:25PM 22 mins Huddersfield fans: "You wanted him out, you wanted him out, you two-faced b*******, you wanted him out."#afc fans: "Herbert Chapman, he left 'cos you're s***."— James Olley (@JamesOlley) May 13, 2018 Applause from all corners of the ground to mark Wenger's 22 years. Pure class from #htafc fans, standing to applaud Wenger on 22 minutes, celebrating his 22 years at #afc. Whole stadium stands. Wenger steps from dug-out and waves his thanks.— Henry Winter (@henrywinter) May 13, 2018 Asked to "give us a wave", he does. Minute 22: the whole stadium rises as one to give the boss a standing ovation That's class from you, @htafcdotcom - thanks, we appreciate it ��#HTFCvAFC �� 0-0 ⚫️ (22) pic.twitter.com/egqQD3vAfV— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 13, 2018 3:21PM 19 mins Henrikh Mkhitaryan tries to get the freekick over the wall, but only manages to hit someone in the knee. A pathetic dead ball attempt. He wins an ill-deserved corner. That comes to little. 3:20PM 18 mins Arsenal break, but give it away. Now another break from the visitors. Sead Kolasinac , for some reason, decides he's going to try and beat the whole team. Chopped down on the edge of the area by Mathias Jorgensen. 3:18PM 14 mins Ince again! Another shot, this one wide. Arsenal haven't turned up at all and a team with better strikers than Huddersfield would be up by now. 3:15PM Plane speaking An airplane flies over the stadium with a message to Arsene Wenger Credit: Getty 3:14PM 10 mins Unless his spineless team wake up, old Mr W is going to be signing off with a defeat. They're getting opened up with ease here. Alex Pritchard gallopes onto a long ball. He clips it back for Ince, who should have done a lot better from 10 or so yards out. Wellied it over the bar. 3:10PM 9 mins Mounie, who is bullying these Arsenal boys, gets up for a header and crunches Mustafi. Delay while he gets attention. 3:09PM Thanks Fans hold up a Arsene Wenger banner Credit: Getty 3:07PM 5 mins A plane flies over the stadium with a 'Merci Arsene' banner. But the manager's attention is now focused on the Arsenal penalty area. A corner. Mounie again gets up above the defence. Heads it down at goal. Blocked. And a follow up! Christopher Schindler's struck that well, but Arsenal scramble clear. 3:04PM 3 mins But we have our first chance now, as Huddersfield get down the right. Cross in, Moune gets up, and he works the keeper with a header. 3:04PM 2 mins It's a happy occasion for the Huddersfield fans, able to go into the last day knowing that they will definitely be staying up. A friendly atmosphere so far. 3:02PM 1 mins Kick off. It's a nice day up in Hudders. 2:49PM Gifts aplenty �� Head Coach David Wagner presented Arsène Wenger with a special gift from #htafc ahead of today’s @premierleague match (AT) pic.twitter.com/AhIjPmbUtU— Huddersfield Town (@htafcdotcom) May 13, 2018 2:42PM Oh happy day Let's make sure we get our 716th and final win of the Wenger era#MerciArsènepic.twitter.com/5GSNIfNvXp— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 13, 2018 2:25PM It has finished 5-5 at Easter Road Just incredible. Right then. To business. 2:20PM Le Boss THE BOSS ❤️#MerciArsènepic.twitter.com/ThKzyCGKRw— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 13, 2018 2:18PM Brilliant piece on Arsene Wenger A generous, open-hearted article by a generous, open-hearted writer on a generous, open-hearted man. I commend this to you. Marouane Chamakh's hair mousse, Sumo wrestling and social anthropology - my time covering Arsene Wenger @JWTelegraphhttps://t.co/KkTKN00Ksr— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) May 13, 2018 2:12PM The age of Huddersfield For some reason, having not blogged Huddersfield all season, I have done them three times in a week. And what a week it has been for them: they went to Man City and Chelsea and got a point on both occasions, ensuring their Premier League status in the process. It's Wenger's 1235th and final match in charge of Arsenal Credit: Getty Images 2:10PM Those teams in full Huddersfield: Lossl, Hadergjonaj, Jorgensen, Schindler, Kongolo, Lowe, Pritchard, Mooy, Hogg, Ince, Mounie. Subs: Smith, Whitehead, Billing, Sabiri, Coleman, Depoitre, Stankovic. Arsenal: Ospina, Bellerin, Holding, Mustafi, Kolasinac, Iwobi, Xhaka, Ramsey, Mkhitaryan, Lacazette, Aubameyang. Subs: Mertesacker, Monreal, Welbeck, Maitland-Niles, Macey, Nketiah, Willock. Referee: Michael Oliver (Northumberland) 2:08PM If you'd like to keep abreast of the other action in the Premier League today, this is our live clockwatch megablog. 2:07PM The game of the season is currently on at Easter Road. Hibs 4 Rangers 5. Hibs were 3-0 up in 22 minutes. Rangers made it 3-3 by 40 minutes. Sensational entertainment. 2:03PM Huddersfield TEAM NEWS with @ViessmannUK: David Wagner has made four changes to #htafc’s starting XI for today’s @premierleague season-finale against @Arsenal. ➡️ @pritch_93, Tom Ince, Steve Mounié & @FloHadergjonaj ⬅️ Tommy Smith, @BillingPhilip, @vanlaparra17 & @laudepoitre (AT) pic.twitter.com/QnIJJKPn5n— Huddersfield Town (@htafcdotcom) May 13, 2018 2:02PM Arsenal team Here it is - our final starting XI under Arsène Wenger#MerciArsène#HTFCvAFCpic.twitter.com/eDuANvewsA— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 13, 2018 2:02PM Here come the teams for Arsene Wenger's last game. 2:01PM And Roma are also sending their best One year ago this month, there were many tears as #ASRoma fans said an emotional goodbye to @Totti after 25 years playing for his boyhood club. To coach the same team for 22 years is an incredible achievement. Good luck in your final game in charge of @Arsenal, Arsène Wenger. �� pic.twitter.com/9TPxyiEs6z— AS Roma English (@ASRomaEN) May 13, 2018 1:56PM Good afternoon Tyers here, happy to bring you news of the final day of the season, specifically Arsenal's trip to Huddersfield. The Terriers have given Arsene a generous welcome to the ground. What a nice reception for the boss ahead of his final game �� Fair play, @htafcdotcom ��#MerciArsènepic.twitter.com/iWfDrxrz9L— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 13, 2018 1:55PM Our preview What is it? It's the final game of the season for Huddersfield and Arsenal and, more significantly, the last in Arsene Wenger's 22-reign as Arsenal manager. When is it? It's on Sunday May 13 - ie today. What time is kick-off? It's a 3pm BST start. What TV channel is it on? It's not, unfortunately. Despite being Wenger's final game in charge of Arsenal, Sky Sports have opted to show the games at Liverpool and Newcastle instead. Arsenal fans wave farewell to Arsene Wenger at the Emirates - in pictures What is the team news? Huddersfield Town Huddersfield boss David Wagner will select from an unchanged squad for his side's last Premier League game of the season at home against Arsenal. Wagner has no new injuries following Wednesday night's draw at Chelsea, which secured them another season in the top flight. Tom Ince is hoping to feature after recovering from a hamstring injury, while Michael Hefele (knee), Elias Kachunga and Danny Williams (both ankle) remain sidelined. Provisional squad: Lossl, Kongolo, Schindler, Jorgensen, Hadergjonaj, Hogg, Mooy, Van La Parra, Pritchard, Ince, Quaner, Mounie, Malone, Depoitre, Billing, Coleman, Lowe, Smith. Arsenal Arsenal will be without the suspended Konstantinos Mavropanos for Arsene Wenger's final game as manager when the Gunners travel to Huddersfield on the last day of the Premier League season. The young defender was shown a straight red card in Wednesday's 3-1 loss at Leicester and will be forced to sit out the game in West Yorkshire having started the Gunners' last three league matches. Mesut Ozil (back), Mohamed Elneny (ankle), Laurent Koscielny and Santi Cazorla (both Achilles) are also missing but the likes of Alexandre Lacazette and Jack Wilshere could return after sitting out in midweek. Provisional squad: Cech, Ospina, Bellerin, Holding, Mustafi, Chambers, Mertesacker, Monreal, Nelson, Kolasinac, Maitland-Niles, Xhaka, Willock, Wilshere, Ramsey, Iwobi, Mkhitaryan, Welbeck, Lacazette, Nketiah, Aubameyang. What are they saying? David Wagner on Arsene Wenger "I can't imagine that this can happen again, so this only shows he has done something extraordinary," Wagner said. "Words don't describe enough how big this achievement is which he has done for his football club and football in this country. "I'm so happy that we are able to host him in his last Premier League game after 22 years, that we are able to host him in these circumstances, we really can give him all the honour and all the attention he deserves. "This is possible after our last result on Wednesday and we as a football club will do it. We have the biggest respect for what he has done and we're happy we play our last game against him." Best-priced accumulators | New customer offers Wenger on the Emirates "We had to do it," he said, when asked if he would take back the stadium move in exchange for trophies. "There is no club that can turn people who wanted to attend the game down. At the time I thought we were a bit too ambitious with 60,000 (capacity) but at the end of the day it worked," he said. "It's not really happened because other clubs have used outside resources. We had a double handicap. We had to pay back the debt and had to face the competition where clubs have even more resources than they usually have. "I believe Highbury had a special spirit. It's a cathedral, a church. You could smell the soul of every guy that played there. So it was special. It will always be special for me. "The Emirates for me was like buying a new house. It took us a while to feel at home there. It's a fantastic stadium - but there was something special at Highbury that you could never recreate when you build something new. What are the odds? Huddersfield 19/4 Arsenal - 4/7 Draw - 18/5 What's our prediction? Jason Burt: There is nothing riding on Arsene Wenger’s last match in charge of Arsenal except for one thing – can he really end the season as the only manager in English football not to gain any points away from home in 2018? Surely the Arsenal players will not let that happen while Huddersfield, safe from relegation, may still be on that party bus. Prediction: 1-3
And so it is, finally, “au revoir” Arsene. Arsenal ended Arsene Wenger’s 1,235th and final match as the club’s manager with his 707th and final win bringing to a close his remarkable 22 years at the club. The only goal was scored by Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Wenger’s last signing – or was it wholly his signing? – and at £56million in the January window the most expensive he ever made. The result meant that Arsenal did not suffer the ignominy of being the only team in the top four tiers of English football not to win a league point in 2018. For 22 years, for 1,235 games, for 49, 49 undefeated, for 7 FA Cups, for 3 @PremierLeague titles, for two Doubles, for winning the league at Old Trafford and White Hart Lane, for Wengerball, for the Invincibles, for your total love and devotion, we want to say... #MerciArsène❤️ pic.twitter.com/xkRXjLAid2— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 13, 2018 After seven successive Premier League defeats they won. One-nil to the Arsenal, in fact, although Wenger transformed them – in his pomp – into a much more free-flowing and brilliant football team which they will desperately hope to be again under his successor. Their sixth place finish is their lowest under the 68-year-old Frenchman and change is needed. Thanks for the 22 years Credit: PA It is “au revoir” of course and not goodbye as Wenger plans to work again, maybe even in the Premier League, and he will hope to be seen again in a dug-out in England. Wenger was afforded a guard of honour and a raucous reception before kick-off and peeled away to bow in front of the visiting Arsenal fans before trotting back to the away dug-out. On the roof of that dug-out there was a message - “Au revoir, Arsene et merci” – while Huddersfield paid their respects in words and images with Wenger’s face on the cover of the match programme. Arsene Wenger waves to the fans before the match Credit: Reuters It helped that Huddersfield were in celebratory mood having sealed their Premier League status with the mid-week draw away to Chelsea which, in terms of result, largely rendered the outcome of this game meaningless. Maybe that, also, was an appropriate final game for Wenger’s brilliant yet flawed reign. It would not end with a Europa League Final in Lyon against Marseille, his old nemesis, but here at Huddersfield. This game was not even televised. Arsene Wenger's replacement at Arsenal But there was also something else appropriate, and more fitting, with it being Huddersfield. Theirs is a history linked with Arsenal’s most celebrated manager before Wenger, Herbert Chapman, who won two leagues titles and an FA Cup for each club, of course. Fans hold up a Arsene Wenger banner Credit: Getty Soon after Steve Mounie spurned the first chance, planting a header too close to goalkeeper David Ospina – playing because Petr Cech had a minor injury – two planes circled the John Smith Stadium with banners thanking Wenger. How times had changed. The Arsenal fans sang: “He’s won more than you, Arsene Wenger, he’s won more than you” which provoked a response from the home supporters: "You wanted him out, you wanted him out... you two-faced b-------, you wanted him out." THE BOSS ❤️#MerciArsènepic.twitter.com/ThKzyCGKRw— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 13, 2018 It continued to be Huddersfield who threatened and Tom Ince should have put them in front when he collected Alex Pritchard’s low cross, took a touch but then blazed his shot wastefully over the cross-bar. On 22 minutes, as planned, the crowd rose to give Wenger’s a minute’s applause to mark his 22 years as the Arsenal manager. Arsenal in a league of their own... pic.twitter.com/o0oP3Xxfbj— Charlie Eccleshare (@CDEccleshare) May 13, 2018 Arsenal finally went close when Sead Kolasinac stabbed the ball wide from a flicked on corner. He was unmarked. But at least they had finally showed some intent and that was emphasised when they took the lead, before half-time, following a slick passing move. Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Alexandre Lacazette combined with the latter sliding the ball through to Aaron Ramsey who prodded it across goal for Aubameyang to force home at close-range for his 10thleague goal since joining the club in January. That was tough on Huddersfield who had appeared the more ambitious side and they almost drew level when Pritchard again provided for Ince, with a reverse pass, and his low shot across goal was heading for the far corner of the goal until Ospina tipped it away. #classy #nicetouch Credit: Reuters The pressure grew on Arsenal. Corner after corner was won by Huddersfield but they struggled to create any clear opportunities. Arsenal fashioned their own, though, when Lacazette was put clear only for the striker to dink his shot, from Mkhitaryan’s pass, into the arms of goalkeeper Jonas Lossl who had rushed out. Lossl did even better to then deny substitute Danny Welbeck after he rode a challenge and shot low. The goalkeeper blocked with legs. Plane truth: a banner for Arsene Credit: Getty Huddersfield brought on Dean Whitehead, the 36-year-old midfielder who is retiring at the end of this season, as it turned into a celebration again although they came close to drawing level as Aaron Mooy clipped the top of the cross-bar with a cross-shot from Florent Hadergjonaj’s cushioned pass. In injury-time Huddersfield had one last chance as substitute Laurent Depoitre met a free-kick but he did not gain enough power and Ospina gathered and Wenger had his win as he quickly exited, straight down the tunnel as home fans invaded the pitch. 4:58PM Farewell, then, Arsene Wenger You were a brilliant manager and a good person. You transformed English football. You invented pasta. You produced a couple of amazing teams. You stayed too long. You have our thanks and our best wishes. And we now have a match report. Marouane Chamakh's hair mousse, Sumo wrestling and social anthropology - my time covering Arsene Wenger @JWTelegraphhttps://t.co/KkTKN00Ksr— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) May 13, 2018 4:57PM More banners! #classy #nicetouch Credit: Reuters 4:52PM Full time: Huddersfield 0 Arsenal 1 Arsene Wenger signs off with that rarest of commodities: an away win! Arsene Wenger bows down to Arsenal's travelling fans https://t.co/3CzXxUfDwDpic.twitter.com/ahnUinnfAn— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) May 13, 2018 4:51PM 90+ mins The ball is played in. A Huddersfield player gets a head on it, Ospina bravely gathers and gets a whack in the process. He's stopped it on the line. For a second there is a suggestion that it was over the line, but no. Bit of bad feeling from the players about the challenge on the keeper, and there's a booking. But it is no goal. 4:49PM 90+ mins We are going to have three minutes added. Arsenal fans singing about Arsene. It looks like we are going to have one final play... Huddersfield with a freekick 4:45PM 87 mins Hadergjonaj chests it through and Mooy unloads with a sizzling volley. It hits the bar. Why are you trying to ruin the boss' farewell, Aaron Mooy? �� The Huddersfield midfielder smashes one at goal... but thankfully it clips the bar on its way over#HTFCvAFC �� 0-1 ⚫️ (88) pic.twitter.com/WLGTlPpoFn— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 13, 2018 4:45PM 85 mins Dean Whitehead, who is retiring, comes on. Dean Whitehead makes way. 4:44PM 83 mins Xhaka nearly caps the Wenger era in unfitting fashion, but his long-range screamer goes wide. 4:39PM 81 mins Galloping run from Welbeck, but his decision making lets him down and he thumps the ball straight at the on-rushing keeper. 4:37PM 79 mins Mkhitaryan and Lacazette are through! Perfect ball from Mkhi, ut Lacazette tries to chip the keeper, and Lossl has read him like a comic. Easy grab in the end. 4:36PM 77 mins A corner into the box and that man Mounie has yet again got above his opponents. Cannot get the header on target. He goes down with cramp and, in fact, Wagner is now taking him off. Arsenal's defenders will be glad to see the back of him! 4:33PM 75 mins Ramsey and now Welbeck get chances to deliver balls in, but not able to find the pass. 4:30PM 72 mins Mounie now gets to work on Monreal. He's clattered in to him as they slide for the ball, and is now wrestling with him. 4:29PM 71 mins Arsene shuffles his pack for the last time. Maitland-Niles comes on, Iwobi off. 4:28PM 70 mins It is all Huddersfield, which isn't to say that Arsenal cannot do them on the break, but the pressure is all coming from the home side. They have a corner. Played short... back in... Mounie! No, that header is well wide. 4:25PM 66 mins Danny Welbeck and Nacho Monreal on. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Sead Kolasinac off. I guess Ospina is okay to carry on. He looks a bit sore. 4:24PM 65 mins Deep cross into the Arsenal box, Ospina gathers and gets clattered for his trouble. 4:23PM 64 mins Huddersfield really putting it up to Arsenal now. Mounie breaks, is fouled by Holding and advantage is played, not sure if it really helped their cause. 4:23PM 62 mins Hadergjonaj with an effort. 4:22PM 60 mins Tom Ince has run his race. Laurent Depoitre comes on. 4:17PM 59 mins Mooy with a nice crossfield switch, Pritchard with a reverse pass.... Ince runs onto the ball and cracks a low shot. Good save Ospina! 4:16PM 58 mins Rapier move from Arsenal makes Huddersfield look very lumpen. 4:15PM 57 mins Mooy has had a smack on the conker. There is some blood. 4:14PM 55 mins Huddersfield are clearly from the "if you don't buy a ticket..." school of thought. But they keep failing to hit the target. Alex Pritchard drills one over. 4:12PM 54 mins Ospina has hurt his foot/leg and is limping around gingerly. Ooh, fun! Will we see a lesser-spotted keeper? Matt Macey is the goalie on the bench. 4:10PM 52 mins Mounie attempts a bicycle kick. It is not a success. Florent Hadergjona has a go from the edge of the box. 4:10PM 51 mins Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang attempts to #turn #provider but crosses it straight into the keeper's arms. 4:07PM 48 mins Oh no, this is more familiar: individual error by Holding lets Mounie in. The bounce of the ball doesn't go in his favour. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang certainly has made a flying start to his PL career. Alan Shearer (Blackburn Rovers, 1992/93): 16 (12 goals, 4 assists) Micky Quinn (Coventry City, 1992/93): 16 (14 goals, 2 assists) Kevin Phillips (Sunderland, 1999/2000): 15 (13 goals, 2 assists) Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Arsenal, 2017/18): 14 (10 goals, 4 assists) Sergio Aguero (Manchester City, 2011/12): 14 (11 goals, 3 assists) Papiss Cisse (Newcastle United, 2011/12): 14 (13 goals, 1 assist) 4:05PM 47 mins Glory be, some muscular and competent defending from Arsenal! Mooy with a nice cross, Mounie is looking to get up but the Arsenal central defence block him off. 4:02PM 46 mins Second half is underway. What will it bring for Arsene and his team? 3:59PM A good day for fans of "nice touch". #nicetouch #nice #touch We're not crying, you are#MerciArsènepic.twitter.com/fjS2tbJUnz— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 13, 2018 3:58PM Tributes There was a sweet tribute to Arsene on 22 minutes (marking his 22 years) as both sets of fans rose to applaud. Fans asked him for a wave and he delivered. Arsene Wenger waves to the fans before the match Credit: Reuters 3:48PM Half time: Huddersfield 0 Arsenal 1 Arsene strides off to give his last half-time talk. A low-impact fixture, his side were a bit sloppy in the first 20, and Huddersfield had the better of it. The one moment of real forward quality came from Aubameyang, whose excellent movement took him into the six-yard box for a tap-in. 3:46PM Lingo bingo This "au revoir" and "merci" Arsene thing: he's been here 22 years. Wouldn't cheerio and cheers be better?— Paul Hayward (@_PaulHayward) May 13, 2018 3:46PM A nice gift from AW to his successor Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has become the fastest Arsenal player in history to reach 10 PL goals, taking him just 13 games to reach that tally. Congratulations, @Aubameyang7! #afcpic.twitter.com/25HTW3Piuq— afcstuff (@afcstuff) May 13, 2018 3:44PM 40 mins Arsenal looking a lot more confident now. HTFC had much the better of things in the first quarter. 3:39PM GOAL! Arsenal have scored And it is Aubameyang (38) YESSSSS AUBA!#HTFCvAFC �� 0-1 ⚫️ (38) pic.twitter.com/JC5H8JHfVI— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 13, 2018 Alexandre Lacazette slides it to Aaron Ramsey on the left. His low cross is on a silver plate for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who slots it away neatly. 3:35PM 33 mins This is a bit more like it! Passionate, aggressive sliding tackle from Terence Kongolo on Aubameyang, who was haring after a ball from Alex Iwobi. 3:33PM 31 mins Affable encounter, both sides happy to let each other take a touch and have a go at attacking. A bit like a game in the park after two cans. 3:31PM 28 mins Read an article by Sam Wallace earlier about players' wages. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang featured. Becoz eeez worf eeet. He really isn't. Anyhow. Here come Arsenal. Mkhi with lash at goal. Deflected for a corner. Arsenal's third such. Comes to nothing. 3:28PM 26 mins Arsenal go close. A corner, a flicked header, and Kolasinac stabs it wide at the back post. 3:25PM 22 mins Huddersfield fans: "You wanted him out, you wanted him out, you two-faced b*******, you wanted him out."#afc fans: "Herbert Chapman, he left 'cos you're s***."— James Olley (@JamesOlley) May 13, 2018 Applause from all corners of the ground to mark Wenger's 22 years. Pure class from #htafc fans, standing to applaud Wenger on 22 minutes, celebrating his 22 years at #afc. Whole stadium stands. Wenger steps from dug-out and waves his thanks.— Henry Winter (@henrywinter) May 13, 2018 Asked to "give us a wave", he does. Minute 22: the whole stadium rises as one to give the boss a standing ovation That's class from you, @htafcdotcom - thanks, we appreciate it ��#HTFCvAFC �� 0-0 ⚫️ (22) pic.twitter.com/egqQD3vAfV— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 13, 2018 3:21PM 19 mins Henrikh Mkhitaryan tries to get the freekick over the wall, but only manages to hit someone in the knee. A pathetic dead ball attempt. He wins an ill-deserved corner. That comes to little. 3:20PM 18 mins Arsenal break, but give it away. Now another break from the visitors. Sead Kolasinac , for some reason, decides he's going to try and beat the whole team. Chopped down on the edge of the area by Mathias Jorgensen. 3:18PM 14 mins Ince again! Another shot, this one wide. Arsenal haven't turned up at all and a team with better strikers than Huddersfield would be up by now. 3:15PM Plane speaking An airplane flies over the stadium with a message to Arsene Wenger Credit: Getty 3:14PM 10 mins Unless his spineless team wake up, old Mr W is going to be signing off with a defeat. They're getting opened up with ease here. Alex Pritchard gallopes onto a long ball. He clips it back for Ince, who should have done a lot better from 10 or so yards out. Wellied it over the bar. 3:10PM 9 mins Mounie, who is bullying these Arsenal boys, gets up for a header and crunches Mustafi. Delay while he gets attention. 3:09PM Thanks Fans hold up a Arsene Wenger banner Credit: Getty 3:07PM 5 mins A plane flies over the stadium with a 'Merci Arsene' banner. But the manager's attention is now focused on the Arsenal penalty area. A corner. Mounie again gets up above the defence. Heads it down at goal. Blocked. And a follow up! Christopher Schindler's struck that well, but Arsenal scramble clear. 3:04PM 3 mins But we have our first chance now, as Huddersfield get down the right. Cross in, Moune gets up, and he works the keeper with a header. 3:04PM 2 mins It's a happy occasion for the Huddersfield fans, able to go into the last day knowing that they will definitely be staying up. A friendly atmosphere so far. 3:02PM 1 mins Kick off. It's a nice day up in Hudders. 2:49PM Gifts aplenty �� Head Coach David Wagner presented Arsène Wenger with a special gift from #htafc ahead of today’s @premierleague match (AT) pic.twitter.com/AhIjPmbUtU— Huddersfield Town (@htafcdotcom) May 13, 2018 2:42PM Oh happy day Let's make sure we get our 716th and final win of the Wenger era#MerciArsènepic.twitter.com/5GSNIfNvXp— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 13, 2018 2:25PM It has finished 5-5 at Easter Road Just incredible. Right then. To business. 2:20PM Le Boss THE BOSS ❤️#MerciArsènepic.twitter.com/ThKzyCGKRw— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 13, 2018 2:18PM Brilliant piece on Arsene Wenger A generous, open-hearted article by a generous, open-hearted writer on a generous, open-hearted man. I commend this to you. Marouane Chamakh's hair mousse, Sumo wrestling and social anthropology - my time covering Arsene Wenger @JWTelegraphhttps://t.co/KkTKN00Ksr— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) May 13, 2018 2:12PM The age of Huddersfield For some reason, having not blogged Huddersfield all season, I have done them three times in a week. And what a week it has been for them: they went to Man City and Chelsea and got a point on both occasions, ensuring their Premier League status in the process. It's Wenger's 1235th and final match in charge of Arsenal Credit: Getty Images 2:10PM Those teams in full Huddersfield: Lossl, Hadergjonaj, Jorgensen, Schindler, Kongolo, Lowe, Pritchard, Mooy, Hogg, Ince, Mounie. Subs: Smith, Whitehead, Billing, Sabiri, Coleman, Depoitre, Stankovic. Arsenal: Ospina, Bellerin, Holding, Mustafi, Kolasinac, Iwobi, Xhaka, Ramsey, Mkhitaryan, Lacazette, Aubameyang. Subs: Mertesacker, Monreal, Welbeck, Maitland-Niles, Macey, Nketiah, Willock. Referee: Michael Oliver (Northumberland) 2:08PM If you'd like to keep abreast of the other action in the Premier League today, this is our live clockwatch megablog. 2:07PM The game of the season is currently on at Easter Road. Hibs 4 Rangers 5. Hibs were 3-0 up in 22 minutes. Rangers made it 3-3 by 40 minutes. Sensational entertainment. 2:03PM Huddersfield TEAM NEWS with @ViessmannUK: David Wagner has made four changes to #htafc’s starting XI for today’s @premierleague season-finale against @Arsenal. ➡️ @pritch_93, Tom Ince, Steve Mounié & @FloHadergjonaj ⬅️ Tommy Smith, @BillingPhilip, @vanlaparra17 & @laudepoitre (AT) pic.twitter.com/QnIJJKPn5n— Huddersfield Town (@htafcdotcom) May 13, 2018 2:02PM Arsenal team Here it is - our final starting XI under Arsène Wenger#MerciArsène#HTFCvAFCpic.twitter.com/eDuANvewsA— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 13, 2018 2:02PM Here come the teams for Arsene Wenger's last game. 2:01PM And Roma are also sending their best One year ago this month, there were many tears as #ASRoma fans said an emotional goodbye to @Totti after 25 years playing for his boyhood club. To coach the same team for 22 years is an incredible achievement. Good luck in your final game in charge of @Arsenal, Arsène Wenger. �� pic.twitter.com/9TPxyiEs6z— AS Roma English (@ASRomaEN) May 13, 2018 1:56PM Good afternoon Tyers here, happy to bring you news of the final day of the season, specifically Arsenal's trip to Huddersfield. The Terriers have given Arsene a generous welcome to the ground. What a nice reception for the boss ahead of his final game �� Fair play, @htafcdotcom ��#MerciArsènepic.twitter.com/iWfDrxrz9L— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 13, 2018 1:55PM Our preview What is it? It's the final game of the season for Huddersfield and Arsenal and, more significantly, the last in Arsene Wenger's 22-reign as Arsenal manager. When is it? It's on Sunday May 13 - ie today. What time is kick-off? It's a 3pm BST start. What TV channel is it on? It's not, unfortunately. Despite being Wenger's final game in charge of Arsenal, Sky Sports have opted to show the games at Liverpool and Newcastle instead. Arsenal fans wave farewell to Arsene Wenger at the Emirates - in pictures What is the team news? Huddersfield Town Huddersfield boss David Wagner will select from an unchanged squad for his side's last Premier League game of the season at home against Arsenal. Wagner has no new injuries following Wednesday night's draw at Chelsea, which secured them another season in the top flight. Tom Ince is hoping to feature after recovering from a hamstring injury, while Michael Hefele (knee), Elias Kachunga and Danny Williams (both ankle) remain sidelined. Provisional squad: Lossl, Kongolo, Schindler, Jorgensen, Hadergjonaj, Hogg, Mooy, Van La Parra, Pritchard, Ince, Quaner, Mounie, Malone, Depoitre, Billing, Coleman, Lowe, Smith. Arsenal Arsenal will be without the suspended Konstantinos Mavropanos for Arsene Wenger's final game as manager when the Gunners travel to Huddersfield on the last day of the Premier League season. The young defender was shown a straight red card in Wednesday's 3-1 loss at Leicester and will be forced to sit out the game in West Yorkshire having started the Gunners' last three league matches. Mesut Ozil (back), Mohamed Elneny (ankle), Laurent Koscielny and Santi Cazorla (both Achilles) are also missing but the likes of Alexandre Lacazette and Jack Wilshere could return after sitting out in midweek. Provisional squad: Cech, Ospina, Bellerin, Holding, Mustafi, Chambers, Mertesacker, Monreal, Nelson, Kolasinac, Maitland-Niles, Xhaka, Willock, Wilshere, Ramsey, Iwobi, Mkhitaryan, Welbeck, Lacazette, Nketiah, Aubameyang. What are they saying? David Wagner on Arsene Wenger "I can't imagine that this can happen again, so this only shows he has done something extraordinary," Wagner said. "Words don't describe enough how big this achievement is which he has done for his football club and football in this country. "I'm so happy that we are able to host him in his last Premier League game after 22 years, that we are able to host him in these circumstances, we really can give him all the honour and all the attention he deserves. "This is possible after our last result on Wednesday and we as a football club will do it. We have the biggest respect for what he has done and we're happy we play our last game against him." Best-priced accumulators | New customer offers Wenger on the Emirates "We had to do it," he said, when asked if he would take back the stadium move in exchange for trophies. "There is no club that can turn people who wanted to attend the game down. At the time I thought we were a bit too ambitious with 60,000 (capacity) but at the end of the day it worked," he said. "It's not really happened because other clubs have used outside resources. We had a double handicap. We had to pay back the debt and had to face the competition where clubs have even more resources than they usually have. "I believe Highbury had a special spirit. It's a cathedral, a church. You could smell the soul of every guy that played there. So it was special. It will always be special for me. "The Emirates for me was like buying a new house. It took us a while to feel at home there. It's a fantastic stadium - but there was something special at Highbury that you could never recreate when you build something new. What are the odds? Huddersfield 19/4 Arsenal - 4/7 Draw - 18/5 What's our prediction? Jason Burt: There is nothing riding on Arsene Wenger’s last match in charge of Arsenal except for one thing – can he really end the season as the only manager in English football not to gain any points away from home in 2018? Surely the Arsenal players will not let that happen while Huddersfield, safe from relegation, may still be on that party bus. Prediction: 1-3
Arsene Wenger signs off in unfamiliar style as Arsenal secure rare away win
And so it is, finally, “au revoir” Arsene. Arsenal ended Arsene Wenger’s 1,235th and final match as the club’s manager with his 707th and final win bringing to a close his remarkable 22 years at the club. The only goal was scored by Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Wenger’s last signing – or was it wholly his signing? – and at £56million in the January window the most expensive he ever made. The result meant that Arsenal did not suffer the ignominy of being the only team in the top four tiers of English football not to win a league point in 2018. For 22 years, for 1,235 games, for 49, 49 undefeated, for 7 FA Cups, for 3 @PremierLeague titles, for two Doubles, for winning the league at Old Trafford and White Hart Lane, for Wengerball, for the Invincibles, for your total love and devotion, we want to say... #MerciArsène❤️ pic.twitter.com/xkRXjLAid2— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 13, 2018 After seven successive Premier League defeats they won. One-nil to the Arsenal, in fact, although Wenger transformed them – in his pomp – into a much more free-flowing and brilliant football team which they will desperately hope to be again under his successor. Their sixth place finish is their lowest under the 68-year-old Frenchman and change is needed. Thanks for the 22 years Credit: PA It is “au revoir” of course and not goodbye as Wenger plans to work again, maybe even in the Premier League, and he will hope to be seen again in a dug-out in England. Wenger was afforded a guard of honour and a raucous reception before kick-off and peeled away to bow in front of the visiting Arsenal fans before trotting back to the away dug-out. On the roof of that dug-out there was a message - “Au revoir, Arsene et merci” – while Huddersfield paid their respects in words and images with Wenger’s face on the cover of the match programme. Arsene Wenger waves to the fans before the match Credit: Reuters It helped that Huddersfield were in celebratory mood having sealed their Premier League status with the mid-week draw away to Chelsea which, in terms of result, largely rendered the outcome of this game meaningless. Maybe that, also, was an appropriate final game for Wenger’s brilliant yet flawed reign. It would not end with a Europa League Final in Lyon against Marseille, his old nemesis, but here at Huddersfield. This game was not even televised. Arsene Wenger's replacement at Arsenal But there was also something else appropriate, and more fitting, with it being Huddersfield. Theirs is a history linked with Arsenal’s most celebrated manager before Wenger, Herbert Chapman, who won two leagues titles and an FA Cup for each club, of course. Fans hold up a Arsene Wenger banner Credit: Getty Soon after Steve Mounie spurned the first chance, planting a header too close to goalkeeper David Ospina – playing because Petr Cech had a minor injury – two planes circled the John Smith Stadium with banners thanking Wenger. How times had changed. The Arsenal fans sang: “He’s won more than you, Arsene Wenger, he’s won more than you” which provoked a response from the home supporters: "You wanted him out, you wanted him out... you two-faced b-------, you wanted him out." THE BOSS ❤️#MerciArsènepic.twitter.com/ThKzyCGKRw— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 13, 2018 It continued to be Huddersfield who threatened and Tom Ince should have put them in front when he collected Alex Pritchard’s low cross, took a touch but then blazed his shot wastefully over the cross-bar. On 22 minutes, as planned, the crowd rose to give Wenger’s a minute’s applause to mark his 22 years as the Arsenal manager. Arsenal in a league of their own... pic.twitter.com/o0oP3Xxfbj— Charlie Eccleshare (@CDEccleshare) May 13, 2018 Arsenal finally went close when Sead Kolasinac stabbed the ball wide from a flicked on corner. He was unmarked. But at least they had finally showed some intent and that was emphasised when they took the lead, before half-time, following a slick passing move. Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Alexandre Lacazette combined with the latter sliding the ball through to Aaron Ramsey who prodded it across goal for Aubameyang to force home at close-range for his 10thleague goal since joining the club in January. That was tough on Huddersfield who had appeared the more ambitious side and they almost drew level when Pritchard again provided for Ince, with a reverse pass, and his low shot across goal was heading for the far corner of the goal until Ospina tipped it away. #classy #nicetouch Credit: Reuters The pressure grew on Arsenal. Corner after corner was won by Huddersfield but they struggled to create any clear opportunities. Arsenal fashioned their own, though, when Lacazette was put clear only for the striker to dink his shot, from Mkhitaryan’s pass, into the arms of goalkeeper Jonas Lossl who had rushed out. Lossl did even better to then deny substitute Danny Welbeck after he rode a challenge and shot low. The goalkeeper blocked with legs. Plane truth: a banner for Arsene Credit: Getty Huddersfield brought on Dean Whitehead, the 36-year-old midfielder who is retiring at the end of this season, as it turned into a celebration again although they came close to drawing level as Aaron Mooy clipped the top of the cross-bar with a cross-shot from Florent Hadergjonaj’s cushioned pass. In injury-time Huddersfield had one last chance as substitute Laurent Depoitre met a free-kick but he did not gain enough power and Ospina gathered and Wenger had his win as he quickly exited, straight down the tunnel as home fans invaded the pitch. 4:58PM Farewell, then, Arsene Wenger You were a brilliant manager and a good person. You transformed English football. You invented pasta. You produced a couple of amazing teams. You stayed too long. You have our thanks and our best wishes. And we now have a match report. Marouane Chamakh's hair mousse, Sumo wrestling and social anthropology - my time covering Arsene Wenger @JWTelegraphhttps://t.co/KkTKN00Ksr— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) May 13, 2018 4:57PM More banners! #classy #nicetouch Credit: Reuters 4:52PM Full time: Huddersfield 0 Arsenal 1 Arsene Wenger signs off with that rarest of commodities: an away win! Arsene Wenger bows down to Arsenal's travelling fans https://t.co/3CzXxUfDwDpic.twitter.com/ahnUinnfAn— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) May 13, 2018 4:51PM 90+ mins The ball is played in. A Huddersfield player gets a head on it, Ospina bravely gathers and gets a whack in the process. He's stopped it on the line. For a second there is a suggestion that it was over the line, but no. Bit of bad feeling from the players about the challenge on the keeper, and there's a booking. But it is no goal. 4:49PM 90+ mins We are going to have three minutes added. Arsenal fans singing about Arsene. It looks like we are going to have one final play... Huddersfield with a freekick 4:45PM 87 mins Hadergjonaj chests it through and Mooy unloads with a sizzling volley. It hits the bar. Why are you trying to ruin the boss' farewell, Aaron Mooy? �� The Huddersfield midfielder smashes one at goal... but thankfully it clips the bar on its way over#HTFCvAFC �� 0-1 ⚫️ (88) pic.twitter.com/WLGTlPpoFn— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 13, 2018 4:45PM 85 mins Dean Whitehead, who is retiring, comes on. Dean Whitehead makes way. 4:44PM 83 mins Xhaka nearly caps the Wenger era in unfitting fashion, but his long-range screamer goes wide. 4:39PM 81 mins Galloping run from Welbeck, but his decision making lets him down and he thumps the ball straight at the on-rushing keeper. 4:37PM 79 mins Mkhitaryan and Lacazette are through! Perfect ball from Mkhi, ut Lacazette tries to chip the keeper, and Lossl has read him like a comic. Easy grab in the end. 4:36PM 77 mins A corner into the box and that man Mounie has yet again got above his opponents. Cannot get the header on target. He goes down with cramp and, in fact, Wagner is now taking him off. Arsenal's defenders will be glad to see the back of him! 4:33PM 75 mins Ramsey and now Welbeck get chances to deliver balls in, but not able to find the pass. 4:30PM 72 mins Mounie now gets to work on Monreal. He's clattered in to him as they slide for the ball, and is now wrestling with him. 4:29PM 71 mins Arsene shuffles his pack for the last time. Maitland-Niles comes on, Iwobi off. 4:28PM 70 mins It is all Huddersfield, which isn't to say that Arsenal cannot do them on the break, but the pressure is all coming from the home side. They have a corner. Played short... back in... Mounie! No, that header is well wide. 4:25PM 66 mins Danny Welbeck and Nacho Monreal on. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Sead Kolasinac off. I guess Ospina is okay to carry on. He looks a bit sore. 4:24PM 65 mins Deep cross into the Arsenal box, Ospina gathers and gets clattered for his trouble. 4:23PM 64 mins Huddersfield really putting it up to Arsenal now. Mounie breaks, is fouled by Holding and advantage is played, not sure if it really helped their cause. 4:23PM 62 mins Hadergjonaj with an effort. 4:22PM 60 mins Tom Ince has run his race. Laurent Depoitre comes on. 4:17PM 59 mins Mooy with a nice crossfield switch, Pritchard with a reverse pass.... Ince runs onto the ball and cracks a low shot. Good save Ospina! 4:16PM 58 mins Rapier move from Arsenal makes Huddersfield look very lumpen. 4:15PM 57 mins Mooy has had a smack on the conker. There is some blood. 4:14PM 55 mins Huddersfield are clearly from the "if you don't buy a ticket..." school of thought. But they keep failing to hit the target. Alex Pritchard drills one over. 4:12PM 54 mins Ospina has hurt his foot/leg and is limping around gingerly. Ooh, fun! Will we see a lesser-spotted keeper? Matt Macey is the goalie on the bench. 4:10PM 52 mins Mounie attempts a bicycle kick. It is not a success. Florent Hadergjona has a go from the edge of the box. 4:10PM 51 mins Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang attempts to #turn #provider but crosses it straight into the keeper's arms. 4:07PM 48 mins Oh no, this is more familiar: individual error by Holding lets Mounie in. The bounce of the ball doesn't go in his favour. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang certainly has made a flying start to his PL career. Alan Shearer (Blackburn Rovers, 1992/93): 16 (12 goals, 4 assists) Micky Quinn (Coventry City, 1992/93): 16 (14 goals, 2 assists) Kevin Phillips (Sunderland, 1999/2000): 15 (13 goals, 2 assists) Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Arsenal, 2017/18): 14 (10 goals, 4 assists) Sergio Aguero (Manchester City, 2011/12): 14 (11 goals, 3 assists) Papiss Cisse (Newcastle United, 2011/12): 14 (13 goals, 1 assist) 4:05PM 47 mins Glory be, some muscular and competent defending from Arsenal! Mooy with a nice cross, Mounie is looking to get up but the Arsenal central defence block him off. 4:02PM 46 mins Second half is underway. What will it bring for Arsene and his team? 3:59PM A good day for fans of "nice touch". #nicetouch #nice #touch We're not crying, you are#MerciArsènepic.twitter.com/fjS2tbJUnz— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 13, 2018 3:58PM Tributes There was a sweet tribute to Arsene on 22 minutes (marking his 22 years) as both sets of fans rose to applaud. Fans asked him for a wave and he delivered. Arsene Wenger waves to the fans before the match Credit: Reuters 3:48PM Half time: Huddersfield 0 Arsenal 1 Arsene strides off to give his last half-time talk. A low-impact fixture, his side were a bit sloppy in the first 20, and Huddersfield had the better of it. The one moment of real forward quality came from Aubameyang, whose excellent movement took him into the six-yard box for a tap-in. 3:46PM Lingo bingo This "au revoir" and "merci" Arsene thing: he's been here 22 years. Wouldn't cheerio and cheers be better?— Paul Hayward (@_PaulHayward) May 13, 2018 3:46PM A nice gift from AW to his successor Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has become the fastest Arsenal player in history to reach 10 PL goals, taking him just 13 games to reach that tally. Congratulations, @Aubameyang7! #afcpic.twitter.com/25HTW3Piuq— afcstuff (@afcstuff) May 13, 2018 3:44PM 40 mins Arsenal looking a lot more confident now. HTFC had much the better of things in the first quarter. 3:39PM GOAL! Arsenal have scored And it is Aubameyang (38) YESSSSS AUBA!#HTFCvAFC �� 0-1 ⚫️ (38) pic.twitter.com/JC5H8JHfVI— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 13, 2018 Alexandre Lacazette slides it to Aaron Ramsey on the left. His low cross is on a silver plate for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who slots it away neatly. 3:35PM 33 mins This is a bit more like it! Passionate, aggressive sliding tackle from Terence Kongolo on Aubameyang, who was haring after a ball from Alex Iwobi. 3:33PM 31 mins Affable encounter, both sides happy to let each other take a touch and have a go at attacking. A bit like a game in the park after two cans. 3:31PM 28 mins Read an article by Sam Wallace earlier about players' wages. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang featured. Becoz eeez worf eeet. He really isn't. Anyhow. Here come Arsenal. Mkhi with lash at goal. Deflected for a corner. Arsenal's third such. Comes to nothing. 3:28PM 26 mins Arsenal go close. A corner, a flicked header, and Kolasinac stabs it wide at the back post. 3:25PM 22 mins Huddersfield fans: "You wanted him out, you wanted him out, you two-faced b*******, you wanted him out."#afc fans: "Herbert Chapman, he left 'cos you're s***."— James Olley (@JamesOlley) May 13, 2018 Applause from all corners of the ground to mark Wenger's 22 years. Pure class from #htafc fans, standing to applaud Wenger on 22 minutes, celebrating his 22 years at #afc. Whole stadium stands. Wenger steps from dug-out and waves his thanks.— Henry Winter (@henrywinter) May 13, 2018 Asked to "give us a wave", he does. Minute 22: the whole stadium rises as one to give the boss a standing ovation That's class from you, @htafcdotcom - thanks, we appreciate it ��#HTFCvAFC �� 0-0 ⚫️ (22) pic.twitter.com/egqQD3vAfV— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 13, 2018 3:21PM 19 mins Henrikh Mkhitaryan tries to get the freekick over the wall, but only manages to hit someone in the knee. A pathetic dead ball attempt. He wins an ill-deserved corner. That comes to little. 3:20PM 18 mins Arsenal break, but give it away. Now another break from the visitors. Sead Kolasinac , for some reason, decides he's going to try and beat the whole team. Chopped down on the edge of the area by Mathias Jorgensen. 3:18PM 14 mins Ince again! Another shot, this one wide. Arsenal haven't turned up at all and a team with better strikers than Huddersfield would be up by now. 3:15PM Plane speaking An airplane flies over the stadium with a message to Arsene Wenger Credit: Getty 3:14PM 10 mins Unless his spineless team wake up, old Mr W is going to be signing off with a defeat. They're getting opened up with ease here. Alex Pritchard gallopes onto a long ball. He clips it back for Ince, who should have done a lot better from 10 or so yards out. Wellied it over the bar. 3:10PM 9 mins Mounie, who is bullying these Arsenal boys, gets up for a header and crunches Mustafi. Delay while he gets attention. 3:09PM Thanks Fans hold up a Arsene Wenger banner Credit: Getty 3:07PM 5 mins A plane flies over the stadium with a 'Merci Arsene' banner. But the manager's attention is now focused on the Arsenal penalty area. A corner. Mounie again gets up above the defence. Heads it down at goal. Blocked. And a follow up! Christopher Schindler's struck that well, but Arsenal scramble clear. 3:04PM 3 mins But we have our first chance now, as Huddersfield get down the right. Cross in, Moune gets up, and he works the keeper with a header. 3:04PM 2 mins It's a happy occasion for the Huddersfield fans, able to go into the last day knowing that they will definitely be staying up. A friendly atmosphere so far. 3:02PM 1 mins Kick off. It's a nice day up in Hudders. 2:49PM Gifts aplenty �� Head Coach David Wagner presented Arsène Wenger with a special gift from #htafc ahead of today’s @premierleague match (AT) pic.twitter.com/AhIjPmbUtU— Huddersfield Town (@htafcdotcom) May 13, 2018 2:42PM Oh happy day Let's make sure we get our 716th and final win of the Wenger era#MerciArsènepic.twitter.com/5GSNIfNvXp— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 13, 2018 2:25PM It has finished 5-5 at Easter Road Just incredible. Right then. To business. 2:20PM Le Boss THE BOSS ❤️#MerciArsènepic.twitter.com/ThKzyCGKRw— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 13, 2018 2:18PM Brilliant piece on Arsene Wenger A generous, open-hearted article by a generous, open-hearted writer on a generous, open-hearted man. I commend this to you. Marouane Chamakh's hair mousse, Sumo wrestling and social anthropology - my time covering Arsene Wenger @JWTelegraphhttps://t.co/KkTKN00Ksr— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) May 13, 2018 2:12PM The age of Huddersfield For some reason, having not blogged Huddersfield all season, I have done them three times in a week. And what a week it has been for them: they went to Man City and Chelsea and got a point on both occasions, ensuring their Premier League status in the process. It's Wenger's 1235th and final match in charge of Arsenal Credit: Getty Images 2:10PM Those teams in full Huddersfield: Lossl, Hadergjonaj, Jorgensen, Schindler, Kongolo, Lowe, Pritchard, Mooy, Hogg, Ince, Mounie. Subs: Smith, Whitehead, Billing, Sabiri, Coleman, Depoitre, Stankovic. Arsenal: Ospina, Bellerin, Holding, Mustafi, Kolasinac, Iwobi, Xhaka, Ramsey, Mkhitaryan, Lacazette, Aubameyang. Subs: Mertesacker, Monreal, Welbeck, Maitland-Niles, Macey, Nketiah, Willock. Referee: Michael Oliver (Northumberland) 2:08PM If you'd like to keep abreast of the other action in the Premier League today, this is our live clockwatch megablog. 2:07PM The game of the season is currently on at Easter Road. Hibs 4 Rangers 5. Hibs were 3-0 up in 22 minutes. Rangers made it 3-3 by 40 minutes. Sensational entertainment. 2:03PM Huddersfield TEAM NEWS with @ViessmannUK: David Wagner has made four changes to #htafc’s starting XI for today’s @premierleague season-finale against @Arsenal. ➡️ @pritch_93, Tom Ince, Steve Mounié & @FloHadergjonaj ⬅️ Tommy Smith, @BillingPhilip, @vanlaparra17 & @laudepoitre (AT) pic.twitter.com/QnIJJKPn5n— Huddersfield Town (@htafcdotcom) May 13, 2018 2:02PM Arsenal team Here it is - our final starting XI under Arsène Wenger#MerciArsène#HTFCvAFCpic.twitter.com/eDuANvewsA— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 13, 2018 2:02PM Here come the teams for Arsene Wenger's last game. 2:01PM And Roma are also sending their best One year ago this month, there were many tears as #ASRoma fans said an emotional goodbye to @Totti after 25 years playing for his boyhood club. To coach the same team for 22 years is an incredible achievement. Good luck in your final game in charge of @Arsenal, Arsène Wenger. �� pic.twitter.com/9TPxyiEs6z— AS Roma English (@ASRomaEN) May 13, 2018 1:56PM Good afternoon Tyers here, happy to bring you news of the final day of the season, specifically Arsenal's trip to Huddersfield. The Terriers have given Arsene a generous welcome to the ground. What a nice reception for the boss ahead of his final game �� Fair play, @htafcdotcom ��#MerciArsènepic.twitter.com/iWfDrxrz9L— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 13, 2018 1:55PM Our preview What is it? It's the final game of the season for Huddersfield and Arsenal and, more significantly, the last in Arsene Wenger's 22-reign as Arsenal manager. When is it? It's on Sunday May 13 - ie today. What time is kick-off? It's a 3pm BST start. What TV channel is it on? It's not, unfortunately. Despite being Wenger's final game in charge of Arsenal, Sky Sports have opted to show the games at Liverpool and Newcastle instead. Arsenal fans wave farewell to Arsene Wenger at the Emirates - in pictures What is the team news? Huddersfield Town Huddersfield boss David Wagner will select from an unchanged squad for his side's last Premier League game of the season at home against Arsenal. Wagner has no new injuries following Wednesday night's draw at Chelsea, which secured them another season in the top flight. Tom Ince is hoping to feature after recovering from a hamstring injury, while Michael Hefele (knee), Elias Kachunga and Danny Williams (both ankle) remain sidelined. Provisional squad: Lossl, Kongolo, Schindler, Jorgensen, Hadergjonaj, Hogg, Mooy, Van La Parra, Pritchard, Ince, Quaner, Mounie, Malone, Depoitre, Billing, Coleman, Lowe, Smith. Arsenal Arsenal will be without the suspended Konstantinos Mavropanos for Arsene Wenger's final game as manager when the Gunners travel to Huddersfield on the last day of the Premier League season. The young defender was shown a straight red card in Wednesday's 3-1 loss at Leicester and will be forced to sit out the game in West Yorkshire having started the Gunners' last three league matches. Mesut Ozil (back), Mohamed Elneny (ankle), Laurent Koscielny and Santi Cazorla (both Achilles) are also missing but the likes of Alexandre Lacazette and Jack Wilshere could return after sitting out in midweek. Provisional squad: Cech, Ospina, Bellerin, Holding, Mustafi, Chambers, Mertesacker, Monreal, Nelson, Kolasinac, Maitland-Niles, Xhaka, Willock, Wilshere, Ramsey, Iwobi, Mkhitaryan, Welbeck, Lacazette, Nketiah, Aubameyang. What are they saying? David Wagner on Arsene Wenger "I can't imagine that this can happen again, so this only shows he has done something extraordinary," Wagner said. "Words don't describe enough how big this achievement is which he has done for his football club and football in this country. "I'm so happy that we are able to host him in his last Premier League game after 22 years, that we are able to host him in these circumstances, we really can give him all the honour and all the attention he deserves. "This is possible after our last result on Wednesday and we as a football club will do it. We have the biggest respect for what he has done and we're happy we play our last game against him." Best-priced accumulators | New customer offers Wenger on the Emirates "We had to do it," he said, when asked if he would take back the stadium move in exchange for trophies. "There is no club that can turn people who wanted to attend the game down. At the time I thought we were a bit too ambitious with 60,000 (capacity) but at the end of the day it worked," he said. "It's not really happened because other clubs have used outside resources. We had a double handicap. We had to pay back the debt and had to face the competition where clubs have even more resources than they usually have. "I believe Highbury had a special spirit. It's a cathedral, a church. You could smell the soul of every guy that played there. So it was special. It will always be special for me. "The Emirates for me was like buying a new house. It took us a while to feel at home there. It's a fantastic stadium - but there was something special at Highbury that you could never recreate when you build something new. What are the odds? Huddersfield 19/4 Arsenal - 4/7 Draw - 18/5 What's our prediction? Jason Burt: There is nothing riding on Arsene Wenger’s last match in charge of Arsenal except for one thing – can he really end the season as the only manager in English football not to gain any points away from home in 2018? Surely the Arsenal players will not let that happen while Huddersfield, safe from relegation, may still be on that party bus. Prediction: 1-3
To the end, there was dignity and, to use one of his favourite words, , humanity to Arsene Wenger as he bowed out,quite literally, as Arsenal manager after 22 years, 1,235 games and this, his 707th victory. One-nil to the Arsenal, in fact, although that was never a scoreline he cherished or that was associated with him. There was sentimentality, too – and why not as Wenger spoke of the appropriateness of Huddersfield Town being his final opponent in what otherwise was an inconsequential fixture? “Herbert Chapman, maybe our greatest manager, came from here,” Wenger said. “For me to come here on the last day had a special meaning when you know the history of our club. In fact, there was a photo just in front of the dressing room where Chapman smiled at me because he was on the photo.” Chapman smiling down on Wenger is certainly some romantic image, one that resonates powerfully for all Arsenal fans. Chapman was Huddersfield’s greatest manager, in their golden period in the 1920s when they won league titles, with three stars adorning their shirts, and were such a force in English football that he was poached by Arsenal and transformed them too. For 22 years, for 1,235 games, for 49, 49 undefeated, for 7 FA Cups, for 3 @PremierLeague titles, for two Doubles, for winning the league at Old Trafford and White Hart Lane, for Wengerball, for the Invincibles, for your total love and devotion, we want to say... #MerciArsène❤️ pic.twitter.com/xkRXjLAid2— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 13, 2018 Chapman revolutionised the role of the manager, making him more powerful in an era when decisions were made by committee. Privately, Wenger might ruefully consider the wheel is turning full circle away from his profession, given the nature of his departure, as he first walked past the bust of Chapman at the entrance to the John Smith Stadium, then the photograph before he took to the pitch to be met by a guard of honour. Before kick-off, Wenger strode towards the travelling Arsenal supporters and bowed to them, later saying it was a spontaneous act of appreciation. “We had disagreements, which I accept, but we had one thing in common: we loved Arsenal Football Club, and I wanted to share that with them,” he said. Thanks for the 22 years Credit: PA Wenger went to the away dug-out an hour before the game to get some “oxygen”. “It’s difficult to understand when you don’t know how deep the love is for the game [in England],” Wenger said. “It was a fantastic experience for me. Where do I go from there? That’s the difficulty. When you’ve experienced this intensity for such a long time, I don’t know where I go. I’ll remain a fan wherever I go.” Wenger will now look forward to the next phase of his career and his life. The 68-year-old has already divulged he has had many offers and confirmed that they included Premier League clubs. “Yes, I had offers, yes, of course,” he said, “but at the moment, I have not said anything to anybody. I came out of a long process and you cannot just the next morning go somewhere else. It’s impossible.” But could he manage against Arsenal? “I’m not ready for that at the moment,” Wenger said. “That would be very difficult, I’d stay at home that day. Maybe, I don’t envisage that at the moment. Maybe it’s better I go somewhere else.” He suggested that Arsenal are only “some additions” away from competing for the Premier League title. Although that may not only depend on how many is “some” but who manages them, one player who will be crucial to the future is surely Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. Arsene Wenger waves to the fans before the match Credit: Reuters Wenger’s final signing, if it was his decision, and most expensive ever signing scored the only goal, and it means he has struck 10 times in just 13 league games since he arrived in January for £56 million. The goal was also one that will have delighted Wenger as it was constructed through a slick passing move involving Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Alexandre Lacazette, with the latter sliding the ball through to Aaron Ramsey who prodded it across goal for Aubameyang to force home. Arsene Wenger's replacement at Arsenal That was tough on Huddersfield who should have scored through Steve Mounie, with a header, and Tom Ince, who ballooned over, but it did not detract from the celebratory atmosphere. However, there may be a pang of alarm from their supporters in the non-committal way manager David Wagner later spoke about his own future, having kept the club up against the odds. Fans hold up a Arsene Wenger banner Credit: Getty Club owner Dean Hoyle had taken to the pitch at half-time to suggest Wagner would stay, but the German later said simply that the chairman was putting “pressure” on himself with that declaration. Time will soon tell. THE BOSS ❤️#MerciArsènepic.twitter.com/ThKzyCGKRw— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 13, 2018 Huddersfield goalkeeper Jonas Lossl made smart saves from Lacazette and substitute Danny Welbeck while as they made most of the running, Huddersfield went closest when Aaron Mooy clipped the top of the cross-bar, and substitute Laurent Depoitre did not gain enough power with a header. Arsenal in a league of their own... pic.twitter.com/o0oP3Xxfbj— Charlie Eccleshare (@CDEccleshare) May 13, 2018 The result also meant that, at the eighth attempt, Arsenal did not maintain their unwanted record of being the only team in English football to collect just a point away from home in 2018. “I’m very proud, I’ve contributed a little bit,” Wenger said as he departed. “I’ve given some good moments to people who love the club. #classy #nicetouch Credit: Reuters “I don’t know what will stay or remain through the victories or defeats. I think what will remain is the formidable human aspect of the last 22 years – that is special, and I will cherish.” And rightly so. Plane truth: a banner for Arsene Credit: Getty 4:58PM Farewell, then, Arsene Wenger You were a brilliant manager and a good person. You transformed English football. You invented pasta. You produced a couple of amazing teams. You stayed too long. You have our thanks and our best wishes. And we now have a match report. Marouane Chamakh's hair mousse, Sumo wrestling and social anthropology - my time covering Arsene Wenger @JWTelegraphhttps://t.co/KkTKN00Ksr— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) May 13, 2018 4:57PM More banners! #classy #nicetouch Credit: Reuters 4:52PM Full time: Huddersfield 0 Arsenal 1 Arsene Wenger signs off with that rarest of commodities: an away win! Arsene Wenger bows down to Arsenal's travelling fans https://t.co/3CzXxUfDwDpic.twitter.com/ahnUinnfAn— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) May 13, 2018 4:51PM 90+ mins The ball is played in. A Huddersfield player gets a head on it, Ospina bravely gathers and gets a whack in the process. He's stopped it on the line. For a second there is a suggestion that it was over the line, but no. Bit of bad feeling from the players about the challenge on the keeper, and there's a booking. But it is no goal. 4:49PM 90+ mins We are going to have three minutes added. Arsenal fans singing about Arsene. It looks like we are going to have one final play... Huddersfield with a freekick 4:45PM 87 mins Hadergjonaj chests it through and Mooy unloads with a sizzling volley. It hits the bar. Why are you trying to ruin the boss' farewell, Aaron Mooy? �� The Huddersfield midfielder smashes one at goal... but thankfully it clips the bar on its way over#HTFCvAFC �� 0-1 ⚫️ (88) pic.twitter.com/WLGTlPpoFn— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 13, 2018 4:45PM 85 mins Dean Whitehead, who is retiring, comes on. Dean Whitehead makes way. 4:44PM 83 mins Xhaka nearly caps the Wenger era in unfitting fashion, but his long-range screamer goes wide. 4:39PM 81 mins Galloping run from Welbeck, but his decision making lets him down and he thumps the ball straight at the on-rushing keeper. 4:37PM 79 mins Mkhitaryan and Lacazette are through! Perfect ball from Mkhi, ut Lacazette tries to chip the keeper, and Lossl has read him like a comic. Easy grab in the end. 4:36PM 77 mins A corner into the box and that man Mounie has yet again got above his opponents. Cannot get the header on target. He goes down with cramp and, in fact, Wagner is now taking him off. Arsenal's defenders will be glad to see the back of him! 4:33PM 75 mins Ramsey and now Welbeck get chances to deliver balls in, but not able to find the pass. 4:30PM 72 mins Mounie now gets to work on Monreal. He's clattered in to him as they slide for the ball, and is now wrestling with him. 4:29PM 71 mins Arsene shuffles his pack for the last time. Maitland-Niles comes on, Iwobi off. 4:28PM 70 mins It is all Huddersfield, which isn't to say that Arsenal cannot do them on the break, but the pressure is all coming from the home side. They have a corner. Played short... back in... Mounie! No, that header is well wide. 4:25PM 66 mins Danny Welbeck and Nacho Monreal on. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Sead Kolasinac off. I guess Ospina is okay to carry on. He looks a bit sore. 4:24PM 65 mins Deep cross into the Arsenal box, Ospina gathers and gets clattered for his trouble. 4:23PM 64 mins Huddersfield really putting it up to Arsenal now. Mounie breaks, is fouled by Holding and advantage is played, not sure if it really helped their cause. 4:23PM 62 mins Hadergjonaj with an effort. 4:22PM 60 mins Tom Ince has run his race. Laurent Depoitre comes on. 4:17PM 59 mins Mooy with a nice crossfield switch, Pritchard with a reverse pass.... Ince runs onto the ball and cracks a low shot. Good save Ospina! 4:16PM 58 mins Rapier move from Arsenal makes Huddersfield look very lumpen. 4:15PM 57 mins Mooy has had a smack on the conker. There is some blood. 4:14PM 55 mins Huddersfield are clearly from the "if you don't buy a ticket..." school of thought. But they keep failing to hit the target. Alex Pritchard drills one over. 4:12PM 54 mins Ospina has hurt his foot/leg and is limping around gingerly. Ooh, fun! Will we see a lesser-spotted keeper? Matt Macey is the goalie on the bench. 4:10PM 52 mins Mounie attempts a bicycle kick. It is not a success. Florent Hadergjona has a go from the edge of the box. 4:10PM 51 mins Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang attempts to #turn #provider but crosses it straight into the keeper's arms. 4:07PM 48 mins Oh no, this is more familiar: individual error by Holding lets Mounie in. The bounce of the ball doesn't go in his favour. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang certainly has made a flying start to his PL career. Alan Shearer (Blackburn Rovers, 1992/93): 16 (12 goals, 4 assists) Micky Quinn (Coventry City, 1992/93): 16 (14 goals, 2 assists) Kevin Phillips (Sunderland, 1999/2000): 15 (13 goals, 2 assists) Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Arsenal, 2017/18): 14 (10 goals, 4 assists) Sergio Aguero (Manchester City, 2011/12): 14 (11 goals, 3 assists) Papiss Cisse (Newcastle United, 2011/12): 14 (13 goals, 1 assist) 4:05PM 47 mins Glory be, some muscular and competent defending from Arsenal! Mooy with a nice cross, Mounie is looking to get up but the Arsenal central defence block him off. 4:02PM 46 mins Second half is underway. What will it bring for Arsene and his team? 3:59PM A good day for fans of "nice touch". #nicetouch #nice #touch We're not crying, you are#MerciArsènepic.twitter.com/fjS2tbJUnz— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 13, 2018 3:58PM Tributes There was a sweet tribute to Arsene on 22 minutes (marking his 22 years) as both sets of fans rose to applaud. Fans asked him for a wave and he delivered. Arsene Wenger waves to the fans before the match Credit: Reuters 3:48PM Half time: Huddersfield 0 Arsenal 1 Arsene strides off to give his last half-time talk. A low-impact fixture, his side were a bit sloppy in the first 20, and Huddersfield had the better of it. The one moment of real forward quality came from Aubameyang, whose excellent movement took him into the six-yard box for a tap-in. 3:46PM Lingo bingo This "au revoir" and "merci" Arsene thing: he's been here 22 years. Wouldn't cheerio and cheers be better?— Paul Hayward (@_PaulHayward) May 13, 2018 3:46PM A nice gift from AW to his successor Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has become the fastest Arsenal player in history to reach 10 PL goals, taking him just 13 games to reach that tally. Congratulations, @Aubameyang7! #afcpic.twitter.com/25HTW3Piuq— afcstuff (@afcstuff) May 13, 2018 3:44PM 40 mins Arsenal looking a lot more confident now. HTFC had much the better of things in the first quarter. 3:39PM GOAL! Arsenal have scored And it is Aubameyang (38) YESSSSS AUBA!#HTFCvAFC �� 0-1 ⚫️ (38) pic.twitter.com/JC5H8JHfVI— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 13, 2018 Alexandre Lacazette slides it to Aaron Ramsey on the left. His low cross is on a silver plate for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who slots it away neatly. 3:35PM 33 mins This is a bit more like it! Passionate, aggressive sliding tackle from Terence Kongolo on Aubameyang, who was haring after a ball from Alex Iwobi. 3:33PM 31 mins Affable encounter, both sides happy to let each other take a touch and have a go at attacking. A bit like a game in the park after two cans. 3:31PM 28 mins Read an article by Sam Wallace earlier about players' wages. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang featured. Becoz eeez worf eeet. He really isn't. Anyhow. Here come Arsenal. Mkhi with lash at goal. Deflected for a corner. Arsenal's third such. Comes to nothing. 3:28PM 26 mins Arsenal go close. A corner, a flicked header, and Kolasinac stabs it wide at the back post. 3:25PM 22 mins Huddersfield fans: "You wanted him out, you wanted him out, you two-faced b*******, you wanted him out."#afc fans: "Herbert Chapman, he left 'cos you're s***."— James Olley (@JamesOlley) May 13, 2018 Applause from all corners of the ground to mark Wenger's 22 years. Pure class from #htafc fans, standing to applaud Wenger on 22 minutes, celebrating his 22 years at #afc. Whole stadium stands. Wenger steps from dug-out and waves his thanks.— Henry Winter (@henrywinter) May 13, 2018 Asked to "give us a wave", he does. Minute 22: the whole stadium rises as one to give the boss a standing ovation That's class from you, @htafcdotcom - thanks, we appreciate it ��#HTFCvAFC �� 0-0 ⚫️ (22) pic.twitter.com/egqQD3vAfV— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 13, 2018 3:21PM 19 mins Henrikh Mkhitaryan tries to get the freekick over the wall, but only manages to hit someone in the knee. A pathetic dead ball attempt. He wins an ill-deserved corner. That comes to little. 3:20PM 18 mins Arsenal break, but give it away. Now another break from the visitors. Sead Kolasinac , for some reason, decides he's going to try and beat the whole team. Chopped down on the edge of the area by Mathias Jorgensen. 3:18PM 14 mins Ince again! Another shot, this one wide. Arsenal haven't turned up at all and a team with better strikers than Huddersfield would be up by now. 3:15PM Plane speaking An airplane flies over the stadium with a message to Arsene Wenger Credit: Getty 3:14PM 10 mins Unless his spineless team wake up, old Mr W is going to be signing off with a defeat. They're getting opened up with ease here. Alex Pritchard gallopes onto a long ball. He clips it back for Ince, who should have done a lot better from 10 or so yards out. Wellied it over the bar. 3:10PM 9 mins Mounie, who is bullying these Arsenal boys, gets up for a header and crunches Mustafi. Delay while he gets attention. 3:09PM Thanks Fans hold up a Arsene Wenger banner Credit: Getty 3:07PM 5 mins A plane flies over the stadium with a 'Merci Arsene' banner. But the manager's attention is now focused on the Arsenal penalty area. A corner. Mounie again gets up above the defence. Heads it down at goal. Blocked. And a follow up! Christopher Schindler's struck that well, but Arsenal scramble clear. 3:04PM 3 mins But we have our first chance now, as Huddersfield get down the right. Cross in, Moune gets up, and he works the keeper with a header. 3:04PM 2 mins It's a happy occasion for the Huddersfield fans, able to go into the last day knowing that they will definitely be staying up. A friendly atmosphere so far. 3:02PM 1 mins Kick off. It's a nice day up in Hudders. 2:49PM Gifts aplenty �� Head Coach David Wagner presented Arsène Wenger with a special gift from #htafc ahead of today’s @premierleague match (AT) pic.twitter.com/AhIjPmbUtU— Huddersfield Town (@htafcdotcom) May 13, 2018 2:42PM Oh happy day Let's make sure we get our 716th and final win of the Wenger era#MerciArsènepic.twitter.com/5GSNIfNvXp— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 13, 2018 2:25PM It has finished 5-5 at Easter Road Just incredible. Right then. To business. 2:20PM Le Boss THE BOSS ❤️#MerciArsènepic.twitter.com/ThKzyCGKRw— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 13, 2018 2:18PM Brilliant piece on Arsene Wenger A generous, open-hearted article by a generous, open-hearted writer on a generous, open-hearted man. I commend this to you. Marouane Chamakh's hair mousse, Sumo wrestling and social anthropology - my time covering Arsene Wenger @JWTelegraphhttps://t.co/KkTKN00Ksr— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) May 13, 2018 2:12PM The age of Huddersfield For some reason, having not blogged Huddersfield all season, I have done them three times in a week. And what a week it has been for them: they went to Man City and Chelsea and got a point on both occasions, ensuring their Premier League status in the process. It's Wenger's 1235th and final match in charge of Arsenal Credit: Getty Images 2:10PM Those teams in full Huddersfield: Lossl, Hadergjonaj, Jorgensen, Schindler, Kongolo, Lowe, Pritchard, Mooy, Hogg, Ince, Mounie. Subs: Smith, Whitehead, Billing, Sabiri, Coleman, Depoitre, Stankovic. Arsenal: Ospina, Bellerin, Holding, Mustafi, Kolasinac, Iwobi, Xhaka, Ramsey, Mkhitaryan, Lacazette, Aubameyang. Subs: Mertesacker, Monreal, Welbeck, Maitland-Niles, Macey, Nketiah, Willock. Referee: Michael Oliver (Northumberland) 2:08PM If you'd like to keep abreast of the other action in the Premier League today, this is our live clockwatch megablog. 2:07PM The game of the season is currently on at Easter Road. Hibs 4 Rangers 5. Hibs were 3-0 up in 22 minutes. Rangers made it 3-3 by 40 minutes. Sensational entertainment. 2:03PM Huddersfield TEAM NEWS with @ViessmannUK: David Wagner has made four changes to #htafc’s starting XI for today’s @premierleague season-finale against @Arsenal. ➡️ @pritch_93, Tom Ince, Steve Mounié & @FloHadergjonaj ⬅️ Tommy Smith, @BillingPhilip, @vanlaparra17 & @laudepoitre (AT) pic.twitter.com/QnIJJKPn5n— Huddersfield Town (@htafcdotcom) May 13, 2018 2:02PM Arsenal team Here it is - our final starting XI under Arsène Wenger#MerciArsène#HTFCvAFCpic.twitter.com/eDuANvewsA— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 13, 2018 2:02PM Here come the teams for Arsene Wenger's last game. 2:01PM And Roma are also sending their best One year ago this month, there were many tears as #ASRoma fans said an emotional goodbye to @Totti after 25 years playing for his boyhood club. To coach the same team for 22 years is an incredible achievement. Good luck in your final game in charge of @Arsenal, Arsène Wenger. �� pic.twitter.com/9TPxyiEs6z— AS Roma English (@ASRomaEN) May 13, 2018 1:56PM Good afternoon Tyers here, happy to bring you news of the final day of the season, specifically Arsenal's trip to Huddersfield. The Terriers have given Arsene a generous welcome to the ground. What a nice reception for the boss ahead of his final game �� Fair play, @htafcdotcom ��#MerciArsènepic.twitter.com/iWfDrxrz9L— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 13, 2018 1:55PM Our preview What is it? It's the final game of the season for Huddersfield and Arsenal and, more significantly, the last in Arsene Wenger's 22-reign as Arsenal manager. When is it? It's on Sunday May 13 - ie today. What time is kick-off? It's a 3pm BST start. What TV channel is it on? It's not, unfortunately. Despite being Wenger's final game in charge of Arsenal, Sky Sports have opted to show the games at Liverpool and Newcastle instead. Arsenal fans wave farewell to Arsene Wenger at the Emirates - in pictures What is the team news? Huddersfield Town Huddersfield boss David Wagner will select from an unchanged squad for his side's last Premier League game of the season at home against Arsenal. Wagner has no new injuries following Wednesday night's draw at Chelsea, which secured them another season in the top flight. Tom Ince is hoping to feature after recovering from a hamstring injury, while Michael Hefele (knee), Elias Kachunga and Danny Williams (both ankle) remain sidelined. Provisional squad: Lossl, Kongolo, Schindler, Jorgensen, Hadergjonaj, Hogg, Mooy, Van La Parra, Pritchard, Ince, Quaner, Mounie, Malone, Depoitre, Billing, Coleman, Lowe, Smith. Arsenal Arsenal will be without the suspended Konstantinos Mavropanos for Arsene Wenger's final game as manager when the Gunners travel to Huddersfield on the last day of the Premier League season. The young defender was shown a straight red card in Wednesday's 3-1 loss at Leicester and will be forced to sit out the game in West Yorkshire having started the Gunners' last three league matches. Mesut Ozil (back), Mohamed Elneny (ankle), Laurent Koscielny and Santi Cazorla (both Achilles) are also missing but the likes of Alexandre Lacazette and Jack Wilshere could return after sitting out in midweek. Provisional squad: Cech, Ospina, Bellerin, Holding, Mustafi, Chambers, Mertesacker, Monreal, Nelson, Kolasinac, Maitland-Niles, Xhaka, Willock, Wilshere, Ramsey, Iwobi, Mkhitaryan, Welbeck, Lacazette, Nketiah, Aubameyang. What are they saying? David Wagner on Arsene Wenger "I can't imagine that this can happen again, so this only shows he has done something extraordinary," Wagner said. "Words don't describe enough how big this achievement is which he has done for his football club and football in this country. "I'm so happy that we are able to host him in his last Premier League game after 22 years, that we are able to host him in these circumstances, we really can give him all the honour and all the attention he deserves. "This is possible after our last result on Wednesday and we as a football club will do it. We have the biggest respect for what he has done and we're happy we play our last game against him." Best-priced accumulators | New customer offers Wenger on the Emirates "We had to do it," he said, when asked if he would take back the stadium move in exchange for trophies. "There is no club that can turn people who wanted to attend the game down. At the time I thought we were a bit too ambitious with 60,000 (capacity) but at the end of the day it worked," he said. "It's not really happened because other clubs have used outside resources. We had a double handicap. We had to pay back the debt and had to face the competition where clubs have even more resources than they usually have. "I believe Highbury had a special spirit. It's a cathedral, a church. You could smell the soul of every guy that played there. So it was special. It will always be special for me. "The Emirates for me was like buying a new house. It took us a while to feel at home there. It's a fantastic stadium - but there was something special at Highbury that you could never recreate when you build something new. What are the odds? Huddersfield 19/4 Arsenal - 4/7 Draw - 18/5 What's our prediction? Jason Burt: There is nothing riding on Arsene Wenger’s last match in charge of Arsenal except for one thing – can he really end the season as the only manager in English football not to gain any points away from home in 2018? Surely the Arsenal players will not let that happen while Huddersfield, safe from relegation, may still be on that party bus. Prediction: 1-3
Arsene Wenger signs off saying he 'had disagreements' with the fans: 'But we had one thing in common: we loved Arsenal FC'
To the end, there was dignity and, to use one of his favourite words, , humanity to Arsene Wenger as he bowed out,quite literally, as Arsenal manager after 22 years, 1,235 games and this, his 707th victory. One-nil to the Arsenal, in fact, although that was never a scoreline he cherished or that was associated with him. There was sentimentality, too – and why not as Wenger spoke of the appropriateness of Huddersfield Town being his final opponent in what otherwise was an inconsequential fixture? “Herbert Chapman, maybe our greatest manager, came from here,” Wenger said. “For me to come here on the last day had a special meaning when you know the history of our club. In fact, there was a photo just in front of the dressing room where Chapman smiled at me because he was on the photo.” Chapman smiling down on Wenger is certainly some romantic image, one that resonates powerfully for all Arsenal fans. Chapman was Huddersfield’s greatest manager, in their golden period in the 1920s when they won league titles, with three stars adorning their shirts, and were such a force in English football that he was poached by Arsenal and transformed them too. For 22 years, for 1,235 games, for 49, 49 undefeated, for 7 FA Cups, for 3 @PremierLeague titles, for two Doubles, for winning the league at Old Trafford and White Hart Lane, for Wengerball, for the Invincibles, for your total love and devotion, we want to say... #MerciArsène❤️ pic.twitter.com/xkRXjLAid2— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 13, 2018 Chapman revolutionised the role of the manager, making him more powerful in an era when decisions were made by committee. Privately, Wenger might ruefully consider the wheel is turning full circle away from his profession, given the nature of his departure, as he first walked past the bust of Chapman at the entrance to the John Smith Stadium, then the photograph before he took to the pitch to be met by a guard of honour. Before kick-off, Wenger strode towards the travelling Arsenal supporters and bowed to them, later saying it was a spontaneous act of appreciation. “We had disagreements, which I accept, but we had one thing in common: we loved Arsenal Football Club, and I wanted to share that with them,” he said. Thanks for the 22 years Credit: PA Wenger went to the away dug-out an hour before the game to get some “oxygen”. “It’s difficult to understand when you don’t know how deep the love is for the game [in England],” Wenger said. “It was a fantastic experience for me. Where do I go from there? That’s the difficulty. When you’ve experienced this intensity for such a long time, I don’t know where I go. I’ll remain a fan wherever I go.” Wenger will now look forward to the next phase of his career and his life. The 68-year-old has already divulged he has had many offers and confirmed that they included Premier League clubs. “Yes, I had offers, yes, of course,” he said, “but at the moment, I have not said anything to anybody. I came out of a long process and you cannot just the next morning go somewhere else. It’s impossible.” But could he manage against Arsenal? “I’m not ready for that at the moment,” Wenger said. “That would be very difficult, I’d stay at home that day. Maybe, I don’t envisage that at the moment. Maybe it’s better I go somewhere else.” He suggested that Arsenal are only “some additions” away from competing for the Premier League title. Although that may not only depend on how many is “some” but who manages them, one player who will be crucial to the future is surely Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. Arsene Wenger waves to the fans before the match Credit: Reuters Wenger’s final signing, if it was his decision, and most expensive ever signing scored the only goal, and it means he has struck 10 times in just 13 league games since he arrived in January for £56 million. The goal was also one that will have delighted Wenger as it was constructed through a slick passing move involving Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Alexandre Lacazette, with the latter sliding the ball through to Aaron Ramsey who prodded it across goal for Aubameyang to force home. Arsene Wenger's replacement at Arsenal That was tough on Huddersfield who should have scored through Steve Mounie, with a header, and Tom Ince, who ballooned over, but it did not detract from the celebratory atmosphere. However, there may be a pang of alarm from their supporters in the non-committal way manager David Wagner later spoke about his own future, having kept the club up against the odds. Fans hold up a Arsene Wenger banner Credit: Getty Club owner Dean Hoyle had taken to the pitch at half-time to suggest Wagner would stay, but the German later said simply that the chairman was putting “pressure” on himself with that declaration. Time will soon tell. THE BOSS ❤️#MerciArsènepic.twitter.com/ThKzyCGKRw— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 13, 2018 Huddersfield goalkeeper Jonas Lossl made smart saves from Lacazette and substitute Danny Welbeck while as they made most of the running, Huddersfield went closest when Aaron Mooy clipped the top of the cross-bar, and substitute Laurent Depoitre did not gain enough power with a header. Arsenal in a league of their own... pic.twitter.com/o0oP3Xxfbj— Charlie Eccleshare (@CDEccleshare) May 13, 2018 The result also meant that, at the eighth attempt, Arsenal did not maintain their unwanted record of being the only team in English football to collect just a point away from home in 2018. “I’m very proud, I’ve contributed a little bit,” Wenger said as he departed. “I’ve given some good moments to people who love the club. #classy #nicetouch Credit: Reuters “I don’t know what will stay or remain through the victories or defeats. I think what will remain is the formidable human aspect of the last 22 years – that is special, and I will cherish.” And rightly so. Plane truth: a banner for Arsene Credit: Getty 4:58PM Farewell, then, Arsene Wenger You were a brilliant manager and a good person. You transformed English football. You invented pasta. You produced a couple of amazing teams. You stayed too long. You have our thanks and our best wishes. And we now have a match report. Marouane Chamakh's hair mousse, Sumo wrestling and social anthropology - my time covering Arsene Wenger @JWTelegraphhttps://t.co/KkTKN00Ksr— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) May 13, 2018 4:57PM More banners! #classy #nicetouch Credit: Reuters 4:52PM Full time: Huddersfield 0 Arsenal 1 Arsene Wenger signs off with that rarest of commodities: an away win! Arsene Wenger bows down to Arsenal's travelling fans https://t.co/3CzXxUfDwDpic.twitter.com/ahnUinnfAn— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) May 13, 2018 4:51PM 90+ mins The ball is played in. A Huddersfield player gets a head on it, Ospina bravely gathers and gets a whack in the process. He's stopped it on the line. For a second there is a suggestion that it was over the line, but no. Bit of bad feeling from the players about the challenge on the keeper, and there's a booking. But it is no goal. 4:49PM 90+ mins We are going to have three minutes added. Arsenal fans singing about Arsene. It looks like we are going to have one final play... Huddersfield with a freekick 4:45PM 87 mins Hadergjonaj chests it through and Mooy unloads with a sizzling volley. It hits the bar. Why are you trying to ruin the boss' farewell, Aaron Mooy? �� The Huddersfield midfielder smashes one at goal... but thankfully it clips the bar on its way over#HTFCvAFC �� 0-1 ⚫️ (88) pic.twitter.com/WLGTlPpoFn— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 13, 2018 4:45PM 85 mins Dean Whitehead, who is retiring, comes on. Dean Whitehead makes way. 4:44PM 83 mins Xhaka nearly caps the Wenger era in unfitting fashion, but his long-range screamer goes wide. 4:39PM 81 mins Galloping run from Welbeck, but his decision making lets him down and he thumps the ball straight at the on-rushing keeper. 4:37PM 79 mins Mkhitaryan and Lacazette are through! Perfect ball from Mkhi, ut Lacazette tries to chip the keeper, and Lossl has read him like a comic. Easy grab in the end. 4:36PM 77 mins A corner into the box and that man Mounie has yet again got above his opponents. Cannot get the header on target. He goes down with cramp and, in fact, Wagner is now taking him off. Arsenal's defenders will be glad to see the back of him! 4:33PM 75 mins Ramsey and now Welbeck get chances to deliver balls in, but not able to find the pass. 4:30PM 72 mins Mounie now gets to work on Monreal. He's clattered in to him as they slide for the ball, and is now wrestling with him. 4:29PM 71 mins Arsene shuffles his pack for the last time. Maitland-Niles comes on, Iwobi off. 4:28PM 70 mins It is all Huddersfield, which isn't to say that Arsenal cannot do them on the break, but the pressure is all coming from the home side. They have a corner. Played short... back in... Mounie! No, that header is well wide. 4:25PM 66 mins Danny Welbeck and Nacho Monreal on. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Sead Kolasinac off. I guess Ospina is okay to carry on. He looks a bit sore. 4:24PM 65 mins Deep cross into the Arsenal box, Ospina gathers and gets clattered for his trouble. 4:23PM 64 mins Huddersfield really putting it up to Arsenal now. Mounie breaks, is fouled by Holding and advantage is played, not sure if it really helped their cause. 4:23PM 62 mins Hadergjonaj with an effort. 4:22PM 60 mins Tom Ince has run his race. Laurent Depoitre comes on. 4:17PM 59 mins Mooy with a nice crossfield switch, Pritchard with a reverse pass.... Ince runs onto the ball and cracks a low shot. Good save Ospina! 4:16PM 58 mins Rapier move from Arsenal makes Huddersfield look very lumpen. 4:15PM 57 mins Mooy has had a smack on the conker. There is some blood. 4:14PM 55 mins Huddersfield are clearly from the "if you don't buy a ticket..." school of thought. But they keep failing to hit the target. Alex Pritchard drills one over. 4:12PM 54 mins Ospina has hurt his foot/leg and is limping around gingerly. Ooh, fun! Will we see a lesser-spotted keeper? Matt Macey is the goalie on the bench. 4:10PM 52 mins Mounie attempts a bicycle kick. It is not a success. Florent Hadergjona has a go from the edge of the box. 4:10PM 51 mins Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang attempts to #turn #provider but crosses it straight into the keeper's arms. 4:07PM 48 mins Oh no, this is more familiar: individual error by Holding lets Mounie in. The bounce of the ball doesn't go in his favour. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang certainly has made a flying start to his PL career. Alan Shearer (Blackburn Rovers, 1992/93): 16 (12 goals, 4 assists) Micky Quinn (Coventry City, 1992/93): 16 (14 goals, 2 assists) Kevin Phillips (Sunderland, 1999/2000): 15 (13 goals, 2 assists) Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Arsenal, 2017/18): 14 (10 goals, 4 assists) Sergio Aguero (Manchester City, 2011/12): 14 (11 goals, 3 assists) Papiss Cisse (Newcastle United, 2011/12): 14 (13 goals, 1 assist) 4:05PM 47 mins Glory be, some muscular and competent defending from Arsenal! Mooy with a nice cross, Mounie is looking to get up but the Arsenal central defence block him off. 4:02PM 46 mins Second half is underway. What will it bring for Arsene and his team? 3:59PM A good day for fans of "nice touch". #nicetouch #nice #touch We're not crying, you are#MerciArsènepic.twitter.com/fjS2tbJUnz— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 13, 2018 3:58PM Tributes There was a sweet tribute to Arsene on 22 minutes (marking his 22 years) as both sets of fans rose to applaud. Fans asked him for a wave and he delivered. Arsene Wenger waves to the fans before the match Credit: Reuters 3:48PM Half time: Huddersfield 0 Arsenal 1 Arsene strides off to give his last half-time talk. A low-impact fixture, his side were a bit sloppy in the first 20, and Huddersfield had the better of it. The one moment of real forward quality came from Aubameyang, whose excellent movement took him into the six-yard box for a tap-in. 3:46PM Lingo bingo This "au revoir" and "merci" Arsene thing: he's been here 22 years. Wouldn't cheerio and cheers be better?— Paul Hayward (@_PaulHayward) May 13, 2018 3:46PM A nice gift from AW to his successor Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has become the fastest Arsenal player in history to reach 10 PL goals, taking him just 13 games to reach that tally. Congratulations, @Aubameyang7! #afcpic.twitter.com/25HTW3Piuq— afcstuff (@afcstuff) May 13, 2018 3:44PM 40 mins Arsenal looking a lot more confident now. HTFC had much the better of things in the first quarter. 3:39PM GOAL! Arsenal have scored And it is Aubameyang (38) YESSSSS AUBA!#HTFCvAFC �� 0-1 ⚫️ (38) pic.twitter.com/JC5H8JHfVI— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 13, 2018 Alexandre Lacazette slides it to Aaron Ramsey on the left. His low cross is on a silver plate for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who slots it away neatly. 3:35PM 33 mins This is a bit more like it! Passionate, aggressive sliding tackle from Terence Kongolo on Aubameyang, who was haring after a ball from Alex Iwobi. 3:33PM 31 mins Affable encounter, both sides happy to let each other take a touch and have a go at attacking. A bit like a game in the park after two cans. 3:31PM 28 mins Read an article by Sam Wallace earlier about players' wages. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang featured. Becoz eeez worf eeet. He really isn't. Anyhow. Here come Arsenal. Mkhi with lash at goal. Deflected for a corner. Arsenal's third such. Comes to nothing. 3:28PM 26 mins Arsenal go close. A corner, a flicked header, and Kolasinac stabs it wide at the back post. 3:25PM 22 mins Huddersfield fans: "You wanted him out, you wanted him out, you two-faced b*******, you wanted him out."#afc fans: "Herbert Chapman, he left 'cos you're s***."— James Olley (@JamesOlley) May 13, 2018 Applause from all corners of the ground to mark Wenger's 22 years. Pure class from #htafc fans, standing to applaud Wenger on 22 minutes, celebrating his 22 years at #afc. Whole stadium stands. Wenger steps from dug-out and waves his thanks.— Henry Winter (@henrywinter) May 13, 2018 Asked to "give us a wave", he does. Minute 22: the whole stadium rises as one to give the boss a standing ovation That's class from you, @htafcdotcom - thanks, we appreciate it ��#HTFCvAFC �� 0-0 ⚫️ (22) pic.twitter.com/egqQD3vAfV— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 13, 2018 3:21PM 19 mins Henrikh Mkhitaryan tries to get the freekick over the wall, but only manages to hit someone in the knee. A pathetic dead ball attempt. He wins an ill-deserved corner. That comes to little. 3:20PM 18 mins Arsenal break, but give it away. Now another break from the visitors. Sead Kolasinac , for some reason, decides he's going to try and beat the whole team. Chopped down on the edge of the area by Mathias Jorgensen. 3:18PM 14 mins Ince again! Another shot, this one wide. Arsenal haven't turned up at all and a team with better strikers than Huddersfield would be up by now. 3:15PM Plane speaking An airplane flies over the stadium with a message to Arsene Wenger Credit: Getty 3:14PM 10 mins Unless his spineless team wake up, old Mr W is going to be signing off with a defeat. They're getting opened up with ease here. Alex Pritchard gallopes onto a long ball. He clips it back for Ince, who should have done a lot better from 10 or so yards out. Wellied it over the bar. 3:10PM 9 mins Mounie, who is bullying these Arsenal boys, gets up for a header and crunches Mustafi. Delay while he gets attention. 3:09PM Thanks Fans hold up a Arsene Wenger banner Credit: Getty 3:07PM 5 mins A plane flies over the stadium with a 'Merci Arsene' banner. But the manager's attention is now focused on the Arsenal penalty area. A corner. Mounie again gets up above the defence. Heads it down at goal. Blocked. And a follow up! Christopher Schindler's struck that well, but Arsenal scramble clear. 3:04PM 3 mins But we have our first chance now, as Huddersfield get down the right. Cross in, Moune gets up, and he works the keeper with a header. 3:04PM 2 mins It's a happy occasion for the Huddersfield fans, able to go into the last day knowing that they will definitely be staying up. A friendly atmosphere so far. 3:02PM 1 mins Kick off. It's a nice day up in Hudders. 2:49PM Gifts aplenty �� Head Coach David Wagner presented Arsène Wenger with a special gift from #htafc ahead of today’s @premierleague match (AT) pic.twitter.com/AhIjPmbUtU— Huddersfield Town (@htafcdotcom) May 13, 2018 2:42PM Oh happy day Let's make sure we get our 716th and final win of the Wenger era#MerciArsènepic.twitter.com/5GSNIfNvXp— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 13, 2018 2:25PM It has finished 5-5 at Easter Road Just incredible. Right then. To business. 2:20PM Le Boss THE BOSS ❤️#MerciArsènepic.twitter.com/ThKzyCGKRw— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 13, 2018 2:18PM Brilliant piece on Arsene Wenger A generous, open-hearted article by a generous, open-hearted writer on a generous, open-hearted man. I commend this to you. Marouane Chamakh's hair mousse, Sumo wrestling and social anthropology - my time covering Arsene Wenger @JWTelegraphhttps://t.co/KkTKN00Ksr— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) May 13, 2018 2:12PM The age of Huddersfield For some reason, having not blogged Huddersfield all season, I have done them three times in a week. And what a week it has been for them: they went to Man City and Chelsea and got a point on both occasions, ensuring their Premier League status in the process. It's Wenger's 1235th and final match in charge of Arsenal Credit: Getty Images 2:10PM Those teams in full Huddersfield: Lossl, Hadergjonaj, Jorgensen, Schindler, Kongolo, Lowe, Pritchard, Mooy, Hogg, Ince, Mounie. Subs: Smith, Whitehead, Billing, Sabiri, Coleman, Depoitre, Stankovic. Arsenal: Ospina, Bellerin, Holding, Mustafi, Kolasinac, Iwobi, Xhaka, Ramsey, Mkhitaryan, Lacazette, Aubameyang. Subs: Mertesacker, Monreal, Welbeck, Maitland-Niles, Macey, Nketiah, Willock. Referee: Michael Oliver (Northumberland) 2:08PM If you'd like to keep abreast of the other action in the Premier League today, this is our live clockwatch megablog. 2:07PM The game of the season is currently on at Easter Road. Hibs 4 Rangers 5. Hibs were 3-0 up in 22 minutes. Rangers made it 3-3 by 40 minutes. Sensational entertainment. 2:03PM Huddersfield TEAM NEWS with @ViessmannUK: David Wagner has made four changes to #htafc’s starting XI for today’s @premierleague season-finale against @Arsenal. ➡️ @pritch_93, Tom Ince, Steve Mounié & @FloHadergjonaj ⬅️ Tommy Smith, @BillingPhilip, @vanlaparra17 & @laudepoitre (AT) pic.twitter.com/QnIJJKPn5n— Huddersfield Town (@htafcdotcom) May 13, 2018 2:02PM Arsenal team Here it is - our final starting XI under Arsène Wenger#MerciArsène#HTFCvAFCpic.twitter.com/eDuANvewsA— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 13, 2018 2:02PM Here come the teams for Arsene Wenger's last game. 2:01PM And Roma are also sending their best One year ago this month, there were many tears as #ASRoma fans said an emotional goodbye to @Totti after 25 years playing for his boyhood club. To coach the same team for 22 years is an incredible achievement. Good luck in your final game in charge of @Arsenal, Arsène Wenger. �� pic.twitter.com/9TPxyiEs6z— AS Roma English (@ASRomaEN) May 13, 2018 1:56PM Good afternoon Tyers here, happy to bring you news of the final day of the season, specifically Arsenal's trip to Huddersfield. The Terriers have given Arsene a generous welcome to the ground. What a nice reception for the boss ahead of his final game �� Fair play, @htafcdotcom ��#MerciArsènepic.twitter.com/iWfDrxrz9L— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 13, 2018 1:55PM Our preview What is it? It's the final game of the season for Huddersfield and Arsenal and, more significantly, the last in Arsene Wenger's 22-reign as Arsenal manager. When is it? It's on Sunday May 13 - ie today. What time is kick-off? It's a 3pm BST start. What TV channel is it on? It's not, unfortunately. Despite being Wenger's final game in charge of Arsenal, Sky Sports have opted to show the games at Liverpool and Newcastle instead. Arsenal fans wave farewell to Arsene Wenger at the Emirates - in pictures What is the team news? Huddersfield Town Huddersfield boss David Wagner will select from an unchanged squad for his side's last Premier League game of the season at home against Arsenal. Wagner has no new injuries following Wednesday night's draw at Chelsea, which secured them another season in the top flight. Tom Ince is hoping to feature after recovering from a hamstring injury, while Michael Hefele (knee), Elias Kachunga and Danny Williams (both ankle) remain sidelined. Provisional squad: Lossl, Kongolo, Schindler, Jorgensen, Hadergjonaj, Hogg, Mooy, Van La Parra, Pritchard, Ince, Quaner, Mounie, Malone, Depoitre, Billing, Coleman, Lowe, Smith. Arsenal Arsenal will be without the suspended Konstantinos Mavropanos for Arsene Wenger's final game as manager when the Gunners travel to Huddersfield on the last day of the Premier League season. The young defender was shown a straight red card in Wednesday's 3-1 loss at Leicester and will be forced to sit out the game in West Yorkshire having started the Gunners' last three league matches. Mesut Ozil (back), Mohamed Elneny (ankle), Laurent Koscielny and Santi Cazorla (both Achilles) are also missing but the likes of Alexandre Lacazette and Jack Wilshere could return after sitting out in midweek. Provisional squad: Cech, Ospina, Bellerin, Holding, Mustafi, Chambers, Mertesacker, Monreal, Nelson, Kolasinac, Maitland-Niles, Xhaka, Willock, Wilshere, Ramsey, Iwobi, Mkhitaryan, Welbeck, Lacazette, Nketiah, Aubameyang. What are they saying? David Wagner on Arsene Wenger "I can't imagine that this can happen again, so this only shows he has done something extraordinary," Wagner said. "Words don't describe enough how big this achievement is which he has done for his football club and football in this country. "I'm so happy that we are able to host him in his last Premier League game after 22 years, that we are able to host him in these circumstances, we really can give him all the honour and all the attention he deserves. "This is possible after our last result on Wednesday and we as a football club will do it. We have the biggest respect for what he has done and we're happy we play our last game against him." Best-priced accumulators | New customer offers Wenger on the Emirates "We had to do it," he said, when asked if he would take back the stadium move in exchange for trophies. "There is no club that can turn people who wanted to attend the game down. At the time I thought we were a bit too ambitious with 60,000 (capacity) but at the end of the day it worked," he said. "It's not really happened because other clubs have used outside resources. We had a double handicap. We had to pay back the debt and had to face the competition where clubs have even more resources than they usually have. "I believe Highbury had a special spirit. It's a cathedral, a church. You could smell the soul of every guy that played there. So it was special. It will always be special for me. "The Emirates for me was like buying a new house. It took us a while to feel at home there. It's a fantastic stadium - but there was something special at Highbury that you could never recreate when you build something new. What are the odds? Huddersfield 19/4 Arsenal - 4/7 Draw - 18/5 What's our prediction? Jason Burt: There is nothing riding on Arsene Wenger’s last match in charge of Arsenal except for one thing – can he really end the season as the only manager in English football not to gain any points away from home in 2018? Surely the Arsenal players will not let that happen while Huddersfield, safe from relegation, may still be on that party bus. Prediction: 1-3
And so it is, finally, “au revoir” Arsene. Arsenal ended Arsene Wenger’s 1,235thand final match as the club’s manager with his 707st and final win bringing to a close his remarkable 22 years at the club. The only goal was scored by Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Wenger’s last signing – or was it wholly his signing? – and at £56million in the January window the most expensive he ever made. The result meant that Arsenal did not suffer the ignominy of being the only team in the top four tiers of English football not to win a league point in 2018. For 22 years, for 1,235 games, for 49, 49 undefeated, for 7 FA Cups, for 3 @PremierLeague titles, for two Doubles, for winning the league at Old Trafford and White Hart Lane, for Wengerball, for the Invincibles, for your total love and devotion, we want to say... #MerciArsène❤️ pic.twitter.com/xkRXjLAid2— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 13, 2018 After seven successive Premier League defeats they won. One-nil to the Arsenal, in fact, although Wenger transformed them – in his pomp – into a much more free-flowing and brilliant football team which they will desperately hope to be again under his successor. Their sixth place finish is their lowest under the 68-year-old Frenchman and change is needed. It is “au revoir” of course and not goodbye as Wenger plans to work again, maybe even in the Premier League, and he will hope to be seen again in a dug-out in England. Wenger was afforded a guard of honour and a raucous reception before kick-off and peeled away to bow in front of the visiting Arsenal fans before trotting back to the away dug-out. On the roof of that dug-out there was a message - “Au revoir, Arsene et merci” – while Huddersfield paid their respects in words and images with Wenger’s face on the cover of the match programme. Arsene Wenger waves to the fans before the match Credit: Reuters It helped that Huddersfield were in celebratory mood having sealed their Premier League status with the mid-week draw away to Chelsea which, in terms of result, largely rendered the outcome of this game meaningless. Maybe that, also, was an appropriate final game for Wenger’s brilliant yet flawed reign. It would not end with a Europa League Final in Lyon against Marseille, his old nemesis, but here at Huddersfield. This game was not even televised. But there was also something else appropriate, and more fitting, with it being Huddersfield. Theirs is a history linked with Arsenal’s most celebrated manager before Wenger, Herbert Chapman, who won two leagues titles and an FA Cup for each club, of course. Fans hold up a Arsene Wenger banner Credit: Getty Soon after Steve Mounie spurned the first chance, planting a header too close to goalkeeper David Ospina – playing because Petr Cech had a minor injury – two planes circled the John Smith Stadium with banners thanking Wenger. How times had changed. The Arsenal fans sang: “He’s won more than you, Arsene Wenger, he’s won more than you” which provoked a response from the home supporters: "You wanted him out, you wanted him out... you two-faced b-------, you wanted him out." THE BOSS ❤️#MerciArsènepic.twitter.com/ThKzyCGKRw— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 13, 2018 It continued to be Huddersfield who threatened and Tom Ince should have put them in front when he collected Alex Pritchard’s low cross, took a touch but then blazed his shot wastefully over the cross-bar. On 22 minutes, as planned, the crowd rose to give Wenger’s a minute’s applause to mark his 22 years as the Arsenal manager. Arsenal finally went close when Sead Kolasinac stabbed the ball wide from a flicked on corner. He was unmarked. But at least they had finally showed some intent and that was emphasised when they took the lead, before half-time, following a slick passing move. Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Alexandre Lacazette combined with the latter sliding the ball through to Aaron Ramsey who prodded it across goal for Aubameyang to force home at close-range for his 10thleague goal since joining the club in January. That was tough on Huddersfield who had appeared the more ambitious side and they almost drew level when Pritchard again provided for Ince, with a reverse pass, and his low shot across goal was heading for the far corner of the goal until Ospina tipped it away. #classy #nicetouch Credit: Reuters The pressure grew on Arsenal. Corner after corner was won by Huddersfield but they struggled to create any clear opportunities. Arsenal fashioned their own, though, when Lacazette was put clear only for the striker to dink his shot, from Mkhitaryan’s pass, into the arms of goalkeeper Jonas Lossl who had rushed out. Lossl did even better to then deny substitute Danny Welbeck after he rode a challenge and shot low. The goalkeeper blocked with legs. Plane truth: a banner for Arsene Credit: Getty Huddersfield brought on Dean Whitehead, the 36-year-old midfielder who is retiring at the end of this season, as it turned into a celebration again although they came close to drawing level as Aaron Mooy clipped the top of the cross-bar with a cross-shot from Florent Hadergjonaj’s cushioned pass. In injury-time Huddersfield had one last chance as substitute Laurent Depoitre met a free-kick but he did not gain enough power and Ospina gathered and Wenger had his win as he quickly exited, straight down the tunnel as home fans invaded the pitch. 4:58PM Farewell, then, Arsene Wenger You were a brilliant manager and a good person. You transformed English football. You invented pasta. You produced a couple of amazing teams. You stayed too long. You have our thanks and our best wishes. And we now have a match report. Marouane Chamakh's hair mousse, Sumo wrestling and social anthropology - my time covering Arsene Wenger @JWTelegraphhttps://t.co/KkTKN00Ksr— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) May 13, 2018 4:57PM More banners! #classy #nicetouch Credit: Reuters 4:52PM Full time: Huddersfield 0 Arsenal 1 Arsene Wenger signs off with that rarest of commodities: an away win! Arsene Wenger bows down to Arsenal's travelling fans https://t.co/3CzXxUfDwDpic.twitter.com/ahnUinnfAn— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) May 13, 2018 4:51PM 90+ mins The ball is played in. A Huddersfield player gets a head on it, Ospina bravely gathers and gets a whack in the process. He's stopped it on the line. For a second there is a suggestion that it was over the line, but no. Bit of bad feeling from the players about the challenge on the keeper, and there's a booking. But it is no goal. 4:49PM 90+ mins We are going to have three minutes added. Arsenal fans singing about Arsene. It looks like we are going to have one final play... Huddersfield with a freekick 4:45PM 87 mins Hadergjonaj chests it through and Mooy unloads with a sizzling volley. It hits the bar. Why are you trying to ruin the boss' farewell, Aaron Mooy? �� The Huddersfield midfielder smashes one at goal... but thankfully it clips the bar on its way over#HTFCvAFC �� 0-1 ⚫️ (88) pic.twitter.com/WLGTlPpoFn— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 13, 2018 4:45PM 85 mins Dean Whitehead, who is retiring, comes on. Dean Whitehead makes way. 4:44PM 83 mins Xhaka nearly caps the Wenger era in unfitting fashion, but his long-range screamer goes wide. 4:39PM 81 mins Galloping run from Welbeck, but his decision making lets him down and he thumps the ball straight at the on-rushing keeper. 4:37PM 79 mins Mkhitaryan and Lacazette are through! Perfect ball from Mkhi, ut Lacazette tries to chip the keeper, and Lossl has read him like a comic. Easy grab in the end. 4:36PM 77 mins A corner into the box and that man Mounie has yet again got above his opponents. Cannot get the header on target. He goes down with cramp and, in fact, Wagner is now taking him off. Arsenal's defenders will be glad to see the back of him! 4:33PM 75 mins Ramsey and now Welbeck get chances to deliver balls in, but not able to find the pass. 4:30PM 72 mins Mounie now gets to work on Monreal. He's clattered in to him as they slide for the ball, and is now wrestling with him. 4:29PM 71 mins Arsene shuffles his pack for the last time. Maitland-Niles comes on, Iwobi off. 4:28PM 70 mins It is all Huddersfield, which isn't to say that Arsenal cannot do them on the break, but the pressure is all coming from the home side. They have a corner. Played short... back in... Mounie! No, that header is well wide. 4:25PM 66 mins Danny Welbeck and Nacho Monreal on. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Sead Kolasinac off. I guess Ospina is okay to carry on. He looks a bit sore. 4:24PM 65 mins Deep cross into the Arsenal box, Ospina gathers and gets clattered for his trouble. 4:23PM 64 mins Huddersfield really putting it up to Arsenal now. Mounie breaks, is fouled by Holding and advantage is played, not sure if it really helped their cause. 4:23PM 62 mins Hadergjonaj with an effort. 4:22PM 60 mins Tom Ince has run his race. Laurent Depoitre comes on. 4:17PM 59 mins Mooy with a nice crossfield switch, Pritchard with a reverse pass.... Ince runs onto the ball and cracks a low shot. Good save Ospina! 4:16PM 58 mins Rapier move from Arsenal makes Huddersfield look very lumpen. 4:15PM 57 mins Mooy has had a smack on the conker. There is some blood. 4:14PM 55 mins Huddersfield are clearly from the "if you don't buy a ticket..." school of thought. But they keep failing to hit the target. Alex Pritchard drills one over. 4:12PM 54 mins Ospina has hurt his foot/leg and is limping around gingerly. Ooh, fun! Will we see a lesser-spotted keeper? Matt Macey is the goalie on the bench. 4:10PM 52 mins Mounie attempts a bicycle kick. It is not a success. Florent Hadergjona has a go from the edge of the box. 4:10PM 51 mins Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang attempts to #turn #provider but crosses it straight into the keeper's arms. 4:07PM 48 mins Oh no, this is more familiar: individual error by Holding lets Mounie in. The bounce of the ball doesn't go in his favour. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang certainly has made a flying start to his PL career. Alan Shearer (Blackburn Rovers, 1992/93): 16 (12 goals, 4 assists) Micky Quinn (Coventry City, 1992/93): 16 (14 goals, 2 assists) Kevin Phillips (Sunderland, 1999/2000): 15 (13 goals, 2 assists) Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Arsenal, 2017/18): 14 (10 goals, 4 assists) Sergio Aguero (Manchester City, 2011/12): 14 (11 goals, 3 assists) Papiss Cisse (Newcastle United, 2011/12): 14 (13 goals, 1 assist) 4:05PM 47 mins Glory be, some muscular and competent defending from Arsenal! Mooy with a nice cross, Mounie is looking to get up but the Arsenal central defence block him off. 4:02PM 46 mins Second half is underway. What will it bring for Arsene and his team? 3:59PM A good day for fans of "nice touch". #nicetouch #nice #touch We're not crying, you are#MerciArsènepic.twitter.com/fjS2tbJUnz— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 13, 2018 3:58PM Tributes There was a sweet tribute to Arsene on 22 minutes (marking his 22 years) as both sets of fans rose to applaud. Fans asked him for a wave and he delivered. Arsene Wenger waves to the fans before the match Credit: Reuters 3:48PM Half time: Huddersfield 0 Arsenal 1 Arsene strides off to give his last half-time talk. A low-impact fixture, his side were a bit sloppy in the first 20, and Huddersfield had the better of it. The one moment of real forward quality came from Aubameyang, whose excellent movement took him into the six-yard box for a tap-in. 3:46PM Lingo bingo This "au revoir" and "merci" Arsene thing: he's been here 22 years. Wouldn't cheerio and cheers be better?— Paul Hayward (@_PaulHayward) May 13, 2018 3:46PM A nice gift from AW to his successor Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has become the fastest Arsenal player in history to reach 10 PL goals, taking him just 13 games to reach that tally. Congratulations, @Aubameyang7! #afcpic.twitter.com/25HTW3Piuq— afcstuff (@afcstuff) May 13, 2018 3:44PM 40 mins Arsenal looking a lot more confident now. HTFC had much the better of things in the first quarter. 3:39PM GOAL! Arsenal have scored And it is Aubameyang (38) YESSSSS AUBA!#HTFCvAFC �� 0-1 ⚫️ (38) pic.twitter.com/JC5H8JHfVI— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 13, 2018 Alexandre Lacazette slides it to Aaron Ramsey on the left. His low cross is on a silver plate for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who slots it away neatly. 3:35PM 33 mins This is a bit more like it! Passionate, aggressive sliding tackle from Terence Kongolo on Aubameyang, who was haring after a ball from Alex Iwobi. 3:33PM 31 mins Affable encounter, both sides happy to let each other take a touch and have a go at attacking. A bit like a game in the park after two cans. 3:31PM 28 mins Read an article by Sam Wallace earlier about players' wages. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang featured. Becoz eeez worf eeet. He really isn't. Anyhow. Here come Arsenal. Mkhi with lash at goal. Deflected for a corner. Arsenal's third such. Comes to nothing. 3:28PM 26 mins Arsenal go close. A corner, a flicked header, and Kolasinac stabs it wide at the back post. 3:25PM 22 mins Huddersfield fans: "You wanted him out, you wanted him out, you two-faced b*******, you wanted him out."#afc fans: "Herbert Chapman, he left 'cos you're s***."— James Olley (@JamesOlley) May 13, 2018 Applause from all corners of the ground to mark Wenger's 22 years. Pure class from #htafc fans, standing to applaud Wenger on 22 minutes, celebrating his 22 years at #afc. Whole stadium stands. Wenger steps from dug-out and waves his thanks.— Henry Winter (@henrywinter) May 13, 2018 Asked to "give us a wave", he does. Minute 22: the whole stadium rises as one to give the boss a standing ovation That's class from you, @htafcdotcom - thanks, we appreciate it ��#HTFCvAFC �� 0-0 ⚫️ (22) pic.twitter.com/egqQD3vAfV— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 13, 2018 3:21PM 19 mins Henrikh Mkhitaryan tries to get the freekick over the wall, but only manages to hit someone in the knee. A pathetic dead ball attempt. He wins an ill-deserved corner. That comes to little. 3:20PM 18 mins Arsenal break, but give it away. Now another break from the visitors. Sead Kolasinac , for some reason, decides he's going to try and beat the whole team. Chopped down on the edge of the area by Mathias Jorgensen. 3:18PM 14 mins Ince again! Another shot, this one wide. Arsenal haven't turned up at all and a team with better strikers than Huddersfield would be up by now. 3:15PM Plane speaking An airplane flies over the stadium with a message to Arsene Wenger Credit: Getty 3:14PM 10 mins Unless his spineless team wake up, old Mr W is going to be signing off with a defeat. They're getting opened up with ease here. Alex Pritchard gallopes onto a long ball. He clips it back for Ince, who should have done a lot better from 10 or so yards out. Wellied it over the bar. 3:10PM 9 mins Mounie, who is bullying these Arsenal boys, gets up for a header and crunches Mustafi. Delay while he gets attention. 3:09PM Thanks Fans hold up a Arsene Wenger banner Credit: Getty 3:07PM 5 mins A plane flies over the stadium with a 'Merci Arsene' banner. But the manager's attention is now focused on the Arsenal penalty area. A corner. Mounie again gets up above the defence. Heads it down at goal. Blocked. And a follow up! Christopher Schindler's struck that well, but Arsenal scramble clear. 3:04PM 3 mins But we have our first chance now, as Huddersfield get down the right. Cross in, Moune gets up, and he works the keeper with a header. 3:04PM 2 mins It's a happy occasion for the Huddersfield fans, able to go into the last day knowing that they will definitely be staying up. A friendly atmosphere so far. 3:02PM 1 mins Kick off. It's a nice day up in Hudders. 2:49PM Gifts aplenty �� Head Coach David Wagner presented Arsène Wenger with a special gift from #htafc ahead of today’s @premierleague match (AT) pic.twitter.com/AhIjPmbUtU— Huddersfield Town (@htafcdotcom) May 13, 2018 2:42PM Oh happy day Let's make sure we get our 716th and final win of the Wenger era#MerciArsènepic.twitter.com/5GSNIfNvXp— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 13, 2018 2:25PM It has finished 5-5 at Easter Road Just incredible. Right then. To business. 2:20PM Le Boss THE BOSS ❤️#MerciArsènepic.twitter.com/ThKzyCGKRw— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 13, 2018 2:18PM Brilliant piece on Arsene Wenger A generous, open-hearted article by a generous, open-hearted writer on a generous, open-hearted man. I commend this to you. Marouane Chamakh's hair mousse, Sumo wrestling and social anthropology - my time covering Arsene Wenger @JWTelegraphhttps://t.co/KkTKN00Ksr— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) May 13, 2018 2:12PM The age of Huddersfield For some reason, having not blogged Huddersfield all season, I have done them three times in a week. And what a week it has been for them: they went to Man City and Chelsea and got a point on both occasions, ensuring their Premier League status in the process. It's Wenger's 1235th and final match in charge of Arsenal Credit: Getty Images 2:10PM Those teams in full Huddersfield: Lossl, Hadergjonaj, Jorgensen, Schindler, Kongolo, Lowe, Pritchard, Mooy, Hogg, Ince, Mounie. Subs: Smith, Whitehead, Billing, Sabiri, Coleman, Depoitre, Stankovic. Arsenal: Ospina, Bellerin, Holding, Mustafi, Kolasinac, Iwobi, Xhaka, Ramsey, Mkhitaryan, Lacazette, Aubameyang. Subs: Mertesacker, Monreal, Welbeck, Maitland-Niles, Macey, Nketiah, Willock. Referee: Michael Oliver (Northumberland) 2:08PM If you'd like to keep abreast of the other action in the Premier League today, this is our live clockwatch megablog. 2:07PM The game of the season is currently on at Easter Road. Hibs 4 Rangers 5. Hibs were 3-0 up in 22 minutes. Rangers made it 3-3 by 40 minutes. Sensational entertainment. 2:03PM Huddersfield TEAM NEWS with @ViessmannUK: David Wagner has made four changes to #htafc’s starting XI for today’s @premierleague season-finale against @Arsenal. ➡️ @pritch_93, Tom Ince, Steve Mounié & @FloHadergjonaj ⬅️ Tommy Smith, @BillingPhilip, @vanlaparra17 & @laudepoitre (AT) pic.twitter.com/QnIJJKPn5n— Huddersfield Town (@htafcdotcom) May 13, 2018 2:02PM Arsenal team Here it is - our final starting XI under Arsène Wenger#MerciArsène#HTFCvAFCpic.twitter.com/eDuANvewsA— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 13, 2018 2:02PM Here come the teams for Arsene Wenger's last game. 2:01PM And Roma are also sending their best One year ago this month, there were many tears as #ASRoma fans said an emotional goodbye to @Totti after 25 years playing for his boyhood club. To coach the same team for 22 years is an incredible achievement. Good luck in your final game in charge of @Arsenal, Arsène Wenger. �� pic.twitter.com/9TPxyiEs6z— AS Roma English (@ASRomaEN) May 13, 2018 1:56PM Good afternoon Tyers here, happy to bring you news of the final day of the season, specifically Arsenal's trip to Huddersfield. The Terriers have given Arsene a generous welcome to the ground. What a nice reception for the boss ahead of his final game �� Fair play, @htafcdotcom ��#MerciArsènepic.twitter.com/iWfDrxrz9L— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 13, 2018 1:55PM Our preview What is it? It's the final game of the season for Huddersfield and Arsenal and, more significantly, the last in Arsene Wenger's 22-reign as Arsenal manager. When is it? It's on Sunday May 13 - ie today. What time is kick-off? It's a 3pm BST start. What TV channel is it on? It's not, unfortunately. Despite being Wenger's final game in charge of Arsenal, Sky Sports have opted to show the games at Liverpool and Newcastle instead. Arsenal fans wave farewell to Arsene Wenger at the Emirates - in pictures What is the team news? Huddersfield Town Huddersfield boss David Wagner will select from an unchanged squad for his side's last Premier League game of the season at home against Arsenal. Wagner has no new injuries following Wednesday night's draw at Chelsea, which secured them another season in the top flight. Tom Ince is hoping to feature after recovering from a hamstring injury, while Michael Hefele (knee), Elias Kachunga and Danny Williams (both ankle) remain sidelined. Provisional squad: Lossl, Kongolo, Schindler, Jorgensen, Hadergjonaj, Hogg, Mooy, Van La Parra, Pritchard, Ince, Quaner, Mounie, Malone, Depoitre, Billing, Coleman, Lowe, Smith. Arsenal Arsenal will be without the suspended Konstantinos Mavropanos for Arsene Wenger's final game as manager when the Gunners travel to Huddersfield on the last day of the Premier League season. The young defender was shown a straight red card in Wednesday's 3-1 loss at Leicester and will be forced to sit out the game in West Yorkshire having started the Gunners' last three league matches. Mesut Ozil (back), Mohamed Elneny (ankle), Laurent Koscielny and Santi Cazorla (both Achilles) are also missing but the likes of Alexandre Lacazette and Jack Wilshere could return after sitting out in midweek. Provisional squad: Cech, Ospina, Bellerin, Holding, Mustafi, Chambers, Mertesacker, Monreal, Nelson, Kolasinac, Maitland-Niles, Xhaka, Willock, Wilshere, Ramsey, Iwobi, Mkhitaryan, Welbeck, Lacazette, Nketiah, Aubameyang. What are they saying? David Wagner on Arsene Wenger "I can't imagine that this can happen again, so this only shows he has done something extraordinary," Wagner said. "Words don't describe enough how big this achievement is which he has done for his football club and football in this country. "I'm so happy that we are able to host him in his last Premier League game after 22 years, that we are able to host him in these circumstances, we really can give him all the honour and all the attention he deserves. "This is possible after our last result on Wednesday and we as a football club will do it. We have the biggest respect for what he has done and we're happy we play our last game against him." Best-priced accumulators | New customer offers Wenger on the Emirates "We had to do it," he said, when asked if he would take back the stadium move in exchange for trophies. "There is no club that can turn people who wanted to attend the game down. At the time I thought we were a bit too ambitious with 60,000 (capacity) but at the end of the day it worked," he said. "It's not really happened because other clubs have used outside resources. We had a double handicap. We had to pay back the debt and had to face the competition where clubs have even more resources than they usually have. "I believe Highbury had a special spirit. It's a cathedral, a church. You could smell the soul of every guy that played there. So it was special. It will always be special for me. "The Emirates for me was like buying a new house. It took us a while to feel at home there. It's a fantastic stadium - but there was something special at Highbury that you could never recreate when you build something new. What are the odds? Huddersfield 19/4 Arsenal - 4/7 Draw - 18/5 What's our prediction? Jason Burt: There is nothing riding on Arsene Wenger’s last match in charge of Arsenal except for one thing – can he really end the season as the only manager in English football not to gain any points away from home in 2018? Surely the Arsenal players will not let that happen while Huddersfield, safe from relegation, may still be on that party bus. Prediction: 1-3
Arsene Wenger signs off in unfamiliar style as Arsenal secure rare away win
And so it is, finally, “au revoir” Arsene. Arsenal ended Arsene Wenger’s 1,235thand final match as the club’s manager with his 707st and final win bringing to a close his remarkable 22 years at the club. The only goal was scored by Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Wenger’s last signing – or was it wholly his signing? – and at £56million in the January window the most expensive he ever made. The result meant that Arsenal did not suffer the ignominy of being the only team in the top four tiers of English football not to win a league point in 2018. For 22 years, for 1,235 games, for 49, 49 undefeated, for 7 FA Cups, for 3 @PremierLeague titles, for two Doubles, for winning the league at Old Trafford and White Hart Lane, for Wengerball, for the Invincibles, for your total love and devotion, we want to say... #MerciArsène❤️ pic.twitter.com/xkRXjLAid2— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 13, 2018 After seven successive Premier League defeats they won. One-nil to the Arsenal, in fact, although Wenger transformed them – in his pomp – into a much more free-flowing and brilliant football team which they will desperately hope to be again under his successor. Their sixth place finish is their lowest under the 68-year-old Frenchman and change is needed. It is “au revoir” of course and not goodbye as Wenger plans to work again, maybe even in the Premier League, and he will hope to be seen again in a dug-out in England. Wenger was afforded a guard of honour and a raucous reception before kick-off and peeled away to bow in front of the visiting Arsenal fans before trotting back to the away dug-out. On the roof of that dug-out there was a message - “Au revoir, Arsene et merci” – while Huddersfield paid their respects in words and images with Wenger’s face on the cover of the match programme. Arsene Wenger waves to the fans before the match Credit: Reuters It helped that Huddersfield were in celebratory mood having sealed their Premier League status with the mid-week draw away to Chelsea which, in terms of result, largely rendered the outcome of this game meaningless. Maybe that, also, was an appropriate final game for Wenger’s brilliant yet flawed reign. It would not end with a Europa League Final in Lyon against Marseille, his old nemesis, but here at Huddersfield. This game was not even televised. But there was also something else appropriate, and more fitting, with it being Huddersfield. Theirs is a history linked with Arsenal’s most celebrated manager before Wenger, Herbert Chapman, who won two leagues titles and an FA Cup for each club, of course. Fans hold up a Arsene Wenger banner Credit: Getty Soon after Steve Mounie spurned the first chance, planting a header too close to goalkeeper David Ospina – playing because Petr Cech had a minor injury – two planes circled the John Smith Stadium with banners thanking Wenger. How times had changed. The Arsenal fans sang: “He’s won more than you, Arsene Wenger, he’s won more than you” which provoked a response from the home supporters: "You wanted him out, you wanted him out... you two-faced b-------, you wanted him out." THE BOSS ❤️#MerciArsènepic.twitter.com/ThKzyCGKRw— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 13, 2018 It continued to be Huddersfield who threatened and Tom Ince should have put them in front when he collected Alex Pritchard’s low cross, took a touch but then blazed his shot wastefully over the cross-bar. On 22 minutes, as planned, the crowd rose to give Wenger’s a minute’s applause to mark his 22 years as the Arsenal manager. Arsenal finally went close when Sead Kolasinac stabbed the ball wide from a flicked on corner. He was unmarked. But at least they had finally showed some intent and that was emphasised when they took the lead, before half-time, following a slick passing move. Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Alexandre Lacazette combined with the latter sliding the ball through to Aaron Ramsey who prodded it across goal for Aubameyang to force home at close-range for his 10thleague goal since joining the club in January. That was tough on Huddersfield who had appeared the more ambitious side and they almost drew level when Pritchard again provided for Ince, with a reverse pass, and his low shot across goal was heading for the far corner of the goal until Ospina tipped it away. #classy #nicetouch Credit: Reuters The pressure grew on Arsenal. Corner after corner was won by Huddersfield but they struggled to create any clear opportunities. Arsenal fashioned their own, though, when Lacazette was put clear only for the striker to dink his shot, from Mkhitaryan’s pass, into the arms of goalkeeper Jonas Lossl who had rushed out. Lossl did even better to then deny substitute Danny Welbeck after he rode a challenge and shot low. The goalkeeper blocked with legs. Plane truth: a banner for Arsene Credit: Getty Huddersfield brought on Dean Whitehead, the 36-year-old midfielder who is retiring at the end of this season, as it turned into a celebration again although they came close to drawing level as Aaron Mooy clipped the top of the cross-bar with a cross-shot from Florent Hadergjonaj’s cushioned pass. In injury-time Huddersfield had one last chance as substitute Laurent Depoitre met a free-kick but he did not gain enough power and Ospina gathered and Wenger had his win as he quickly exited, straight down the tunnel as home fans invaded the pitch. 4:58PM Farewell, then, Arsene Wenger You were a brilliant manager and a good person. You transformed English football. You invented pasta. You produced a couple of amazing teams. You stayed too long. You have our thanks and our best wishes. And we now have a match report. Marouane Chamakh's hair mousse, Sumo wrestling and social anthropology - my time covering Arsene Wenger @JWTelegraphhttps://t.co/KkTKN00Ksr— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) May 13, 2018 4:57PM More banners! #classy #nicetouch Credit: Reuters 4:52PM Full time: Huddersfield 0 Arsenal 1 Arsene Wenger signs off with that rarest of commodities: an away win! Arsene Wenger bows down to Arsenal's travelling fans https://t.co/3CzXxUfDwDpic.twitter.com/ahnUinnfAn— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) May 13, 2018 4:51PM 90+ mins The ball is played in. A Huddersfield player gets a head on it, Ospina bravely gathers and gets a whack in the process. He's stopped it on the line. For a second there is a suggestion that it was over the line, but no. Bit of bad feeling from the players about the challenge on the keeper, and there's a booking. But it is no goal. 4:49PM 90+ mins We are going to have three minutes added. Arsenal fans singing about Arsene. It looks like we are going to have one final play... Huddersfield with a freekick 4:45PM 87 mins Hadergjonaj chests it through and Mooy unloads with a sizzling volley. It hits the bar. Why are you trying to ruin the boss' farewell, Aaron Mooy? �� The Huddersfield midfielder smashes one at goal... but thankfully it clips the bar on its way over#HTFCvAFC �� 0-1 ⚫️ (88) pic.twitter.com/WLGTlPpoFn— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 13, 2018 4:45PM 85 mins Dean Whitehead, who is retiring, comes on. Dean Whitehead makes way. 4:44PM 83 mins Xhaka nearly caps the Wenger era in unfitting fashion, but his long-range screamer goes wide. 4:39PM 81 mins Galloping run from Welbeck, but his decision making lets him down and he thumps the ball straight at the on-rushing keeper. 4:37PM 79 mins Mkhitaryan and Lacazette are through! Perfect ball from Mkhi, ut Lacazette tries to chip the keeper, and Lossl has read him like a comic. Easy grab in the end. 4:36PM 77 mins A corner into the box and that man Mounie has yet again got above his opponents. Cannot get the header on target. He goes down with cramp and, in fact, Wagner is now taking him off. Arsenal's defenders will be glad to see the back of him! 4:33PM 75 mins Ramsey and now Welbeck get chances to deliver balls in, but not able to find the pass. 4:30PM 72 mins Mounie now gets to work on Monreal. He's clattered in to him as they slide for the ball, and is now wrestling with him. 4:29PM 71 mins Arsene shuffles his pack for the last time. Maitland-Niles comes on, Iwobi off. 4:28PM 70 mins It is all Huddersfield, which isn't to say that Arsenal cannot do them on the break, but the pressure is all coming from the home side. They have a corner. Played short... back in... Mounie! No, that header is well wide. 4:25PM 66 mins Danny Welbeck and Nacho Monreal on. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Sead Kolasinac off. I guess Ospina is okay to carry on. He looks a bit sore. 4:24PM 65 mins Deep cross into the Arsenal box, Ospina gathers and gets clattered for his trouble. 4:23PM 64 mins Huddersfield really putting it up to Arsenal now. Mounie breaks, is fouled by Holding and advantage is played, not sure if it really helped their cause. 4:23PM 62 mins Hadergjonaj with an effort. 4:22PM 60 mins Tom Ince has run his race. Laurent Depoitre comes on. 4:17PM 59 mins Mooy with a nice crossfield switch, Pritchard with a reverse pass.... Ince runs onto the ball and cracks a low shot. Good save Ospina! 4:16PM 58 mins Rapier move from Arsenal makes Huddersfield look very lumpen. 4:15PM 57 mins Mooy has had a smack on the conker. There is some blood. 4:14PM 55 mins Huddersfield are clearly from the "if you don't buy a ticket..." school of thought. But they keep failing to hit the target. Alex Pritchard drills one over. 4:12PM 54 mins Ospina has hurt his foot/leg and is limping around gingerly. Ooh, fun! Will we see a lesser-spotted keeper? Matt Macey is the goalie on the bench. 4:10PM 52 mins Mounie attempts a bicycle kick. It is not a success. Florent Hadergjona has a go from the edge of the box. 4:10PM 51 mins Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang attempts to #turn #provider but crosses it straight into the keeper's arms. 4:07PM 48 mins Oh no, this is more familiar: individual error by Holding lets Mounie in. The bounce of the ball doesn't go in his favour. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang certainly has made a flying start to his PL career. Alan Shearer (Blackburn Rovers, 1992/93): 16 (12 goals, 4 assists) Micky Quinn (Coventry City, 1992/93): 16 (14 goals, 2 assists) Kevin Phillips (Sunderland, 1999/2000): 15 (13 goals, 2 assists) Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Arsenal, 2017/18): 14 (10 goals, 4 assists) Sergio Aguero (Manchester City, 2011/12): 14 (11 goals, 3 assists) Papiss Cisse (Newcastle United, 2011/12): 14 (13 goals, 1 assist) 4:05PM 47 mins Glory be, some muscular and competent defending from Arsenal! Mooy with a nice cross, Mounie is looking to get up but the Arsenal central defence block him off. 4:02PM 46 mins Second half is underway. What will it bring for Arsene and his team? 3:59PM A good day for fans of "nice touch". #nicetouch #nice #touch We're not crying, you are#MerciArsènepic.twitter.com/fjS2tbJUnz— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 13, 2018 3:58PM Tributes There was a sweet tribute to Arsene on 22 minutes (marking his 22 years) as both sets of fans rose to applaud. Fans asked him for a wave and he delivered. Arsene Wenger waves to the fans before the match Credit: Reuters 3:48PM Half time: Huddersfield 0 Arsenal 1 Arsene strides off to give his last half-time talk. A low-impact fixture, his side were a bit sloppy in the first 20, and Huddersfield had the better of it. The one moment of real forward quality came from Aubameyang, whose excellent movement took him into the six-yard box for a tap-in. 3:46PM Lingo bingo This "au revoir" and "merci" Arsene thing: he's been here 22 years. Wouldn't cheerio and cheers be better?— Paul Hayward (@_PaulHayward) May 13, 2018 3:46PM A nice gift from AW to his successor Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has become the fastest Arsenal player in history to reach 10 PL goals, taking him just 13 games to reach that tally. Congratulations, @Aubameyang7! #afcpic.twitter.com/25HTW3Piuq— afcstuff (@afcstuff) May 13, 2018 3:44PM 40 mins Arsenal looking a lot more confident now. HTFC had much the better of things in the first quarter. 3:39PM GOAL! Arsenal have scored And it is Aubameyang (38) YESSSSS AUBA!#HTFCvAFC �� 0-1 ⚫️ (38) pic.twitter.com/JC5H8JHfVI— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 13, 2018 Alexandre Lacazette slides it to Aaron Ramsey on the left. His low cross is on a silver plate for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who slots it away neatly. 3:35PM 33 mins This is a bit more like it! Passionate, aggressive sliding tackle from Terence Kongolo on Aubameyang, who was haring after a ball from Alex Iwobi. 3:33PM 31 mins Affable encounter, both sides happy to let each other take a touch and have a go at attacking. A bit like a game in the park after two cans. 3:31PM 28 mins Read an article by Sam Wallace earlier about players' wages. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang featured. Becoz eeez worf eeet. He really isn't. Anyhow. Here come Arsenal. Mkhi with lash at goal. Deflected for a corner. Arsenal's third such. Comes to nothing. 3:28PM 26 mins Arsenal go close. A corner, a flicked header, and Kolasinac stabs it wide at the back post. 3:25PM 22 mins Huddersfield fans: "You wanted him out, you wanted him out, you two-faced b*******, you wanted him out."#afc fans: "Herbert Chapman, he left 'cos you're s***."— James Olley (@JamesOlley) May 13, 2018 Applause from all corners of the ground to mark Wenger's 22 years. Pure class from #htafc fans, standing to applaud Wenger on 22 minutes, celebrating his 22 years at #afc. Whole stadium stands. Wenger steps from dug-out and waves his thanks.— Henry Winter (@henrywinter) May 13, 2018 Asked to "give us a wave", he does. Minute 22: the whole stadium rises as one to give the boss a standing ovation That's class from you, @htafcdotcom - thanks, we appreciate it ��#HTFCvAFC �� 0-0 ⚫️ (22) pic.twitter.com/egqQD3vAfV— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 13, 2018 3:21PM 19 mins Henrikh Mkhitaryan tries to get the freekick over the wall, but only manages to hit someone in the knee. A pathetic dead ball attempt. He wins an ill-deserved corner. That comes to little. 3:20PM 18 mins Arsenal break, but give it away. Now another break from the visitors. Sead Kolasinac , for some reason, decides he's going to try and beat the whole team. Chopped down on the edge of the area by Mathias Jorgensen. 3:18PM 14 mins Ince again! Another shot, this one wide. Arsenal haven't turned up at all and a team with better strikers than Huddersfield would be up by now. 3:15PM Plane speaking An airplane flies over the stadium with a message to Arsene Wenger Credit: Getty 3:14PM 10 mins Unless his spineless team wake up, old Mr W is going to be signing off with a defeat. They're getting opened up with ease here. Alex Pritchard gallopes onto a long ball. He clips it back for Ince, who should have done a lot better from 10 or so yards out. Wellied it over the bar. 3:10PM 9 mins Mounie, who is bullying these Arsenal boys, gets up for a header and crunches Mustafi. Delay while he gets attention. 3:09PM Thanks Fans hold up a Arsene Wenger banner Credit: Getty 3:07PM 5 mins A plane flies over the stadium with a 'Merci Arsene' banner. But the manager's attention is now focused on the Arsenal penalty area. A corner. Mounie again gets up above the defence. Heads it down at goal. Blocked. And a follow up! Christopher Schindler's struck that well, but Arsenal scramble clear. 3:04PM 3 mins But we have our first chance now, as Huddersfield get down the right. Cross in, Moune gets up, and he works the keeper with a header. 3:04PM 2 mins It's a happy occasion for the Huddersfield fans, able to go into the last day knowing that they will definitely be staying up. A friendly atmosphere so far. 3:02PM 1 mins Kick off. It's a nice day up in Hudders. 2:49PM Gifts aplenty �� Head Coach David Wagner presented Arsène Wenger with a special gift from #htafc ahead of today’s @premierleague match (AT) pic.twitter.com/AhIjPmbUtU— Huddersfield Town (@htafcdotcom) May 13, 2018 2:42PM Oh happy day Let's make sure we get our 716th and final win of the Wenger era#MerciArsènepic.twitter.com/5GSNIfNvXp— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 13, 2018 2:25PM It has finished 5-5 at Easter Road Just incredible. Right then. To business. 2:20PM Le Boss THE BOSS ❤️#MerciArsènepic.twitter.com/ThKzyCGKRw— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 13, 2018 2:18PM Brilliant piece on Arsene Wenger A generous, open-hearted article by a generous, open-hearted writer on a generous, open-hearted man. I commend this to you. Marouane Chamakh's hair mousse, Sumo wrestling and social anthropology - my time covering Arsene Wenger @JWTelegraphhttps://t.co/KkTKN00Ksr— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) May 13, 2018 2:12PM The age of Huddersfield For some reason, having not blogged Huddersfield all season, I have done them three times in a week. And what a week it has been for them: they went to Man City and Chelsea and got a point on both occasions, ensuring their Premier League status in the process. It's Wenger's 1235th and final match in charge of Arsenal Credit: Getty Images 2:10PM Those teams in full Huddersfield: Lossl, Hadergjonaj, Jorgensen, Schindler, Kongolo, Lowe, Pritchard, Mooy, Hogg, Ince, Mounie. Subs: Smith, Whitehead, Billing, Sabiri, Coleman, Depoitre, Stankovic. Arsenal: Ospina, Bellerin, Holding, Mustafi, Kolasinac, Iwobi, Xhaka, Ramsey, Mkhitaryan, Lacazette, Aubameyang. Subs: Mertesacker, Monreal, Welbeck, Maitland-Niles, Macey, Nketiah, Willock. Referee: Michael Oliver (Northumberland) 2:08PM If you'd like to keep abreast of the other action in the Premier League today, this is our live clockwatch megablog. 2:07PM The game of the season is currently on at Easter Road. Hibs 4 Rangers 5. Hibs were 3-0 up in 22 minutes. Rangers made it 3-3 by 40 minutes. Sensational entertainment. 2:03PM Huddersfield TEAM NEWS with @ViessmannUK: David Wagner has made four changes to #htafc’s starting XI for today’s @premierleague season-finale against @Arsenal. ➡️ @pritch_93, Tom Ince, Steve Mounié & @FloHadergjonaj ⬅️ Tommy Smith, @BillingPhilip, @vanlaparra17 & @laudepoitre (AT) pic.twitter.com/QnIJJKPn5n— Huddersfield Town (@htafcdotcom) May 13, 2018 2:02PM Arsenal team Here it is - our final starting XI under Arsène Wenger#MerciArsène#HTFCvAFCpic.twitter.com/eDuANvewsA— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 13, 2018 2:02PM Here come the teams for Arsene Wenger's last game. 2:01PM And Roma are also sending their best One year ago this month, there were many tears as #ASRoma fans said an emotional goodbye to @Totti after 25 years playing for his boyhood club. To coach the same team for 22 years is an incredible achievement. Good luck in your final game in charge of @Arsenal, Arsène Wenger. �� pic.twitter.com/9TPxyiEs6z— AS Roma English (@ASRomaEN) May 13, 2018 1:56PM Good afternoon Tyers here, happy to bring you news of the final day of the season, specifically Arsenal's trip to Huddersfield. The Terriers have given Arsene a generous welcome to the ground. What a nice reception for the boss ahead of his final game �� Fair play, @htafcdotcom ��#MerciArsènepic.twitter.com/iWfDrxrz9L— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 13, 2018 1:55PM Our preview What is it? It's the final game of the season for Huddersfield and Arsenal and, more significantly, the last in Arsene Wenger's 22-reign as Arsenal manager. When is it? It's on Sunday May 13 - ie today. What time is kick-off? It's a 3pm BST start. What TV channel is it on? It's not, unfortunately. Despite being Wenger's final game in charge of Arsenal, Sky Sports have opted to show the games at Liverpool and Newcastle instead. Arsenal fans wave farewell to Arsene Wenger at the Emirates - in pictures What is the team news? Huddersfield Town Huddersfield boss David Wagner will select from an unchanged squad for his side's last Premier League game of the season at home against Arsenal. Wagner has no new injuries following Wednesday night's draw at Chelsea, which secured them another season in the top flight. Tom Ince is hoping to feature after recovering from a hamstring injury, while Michael Hefele (knee), Elias Kachunga and Danny Williams (both ankle) remain sidelined. Provisional squad: Lossl, Kongolo, Schindler, Jorgensen, Hadergjonaj, Hogg, Mooy, Van La Parra, Pritchard, Ince, Quaner, Mounie, Malone, Depoitre, Billing, Coleman, Lowe, Smith. Arsenal Arsenal will be without the suspended Konstantinos Mavropanos for Arsene Wenger's final game as manager when the Gunners travel to Huddersfield on the last day of the Premier League season. The young defender was shown a straight red card in Wednesday's 3-1 loss at Leicester and will be forced to sit out the game in West Yorkshire having started the Gunners' last three league matches. Mesut Ozil (back), Mohamed Elneny (ankle), Laurent Koscielny and Santi Cazorla (both Achilles) are also missing but the likes of Alexandre Lacazette and Jack Wilshere could return after sitting out in midweek. Provisional squad: Cech, Ospina, Bellerin, Holding, Mustafi, Chambers, Mertesacker, Monreal, Nelson, Kolasinac, Maitland-Niles, Xhaka, Willock, Wilshere, Ramsey, Iwobi, Mkhitaryan, Welbeck, Lacazette, Nketiah, Aubameyang. What are they saying? David Wagner on Arsene Wenger "I can't imagine that this can happen again, so this only shows he has done something extraordinary," Wagner said. "Words don't describe enough how big this achievement is which he has done for his football club and football in this country. "I'm so happy that we are able to host him in his last Premier League game after 22 years, that we are able to host him in these circumstances, we really can give him all the honour and all the attention he deserves. "This is possible after our last result on Wednesday and we as a football club will do it. We have the biggest respect for what he has done and we're happy we play our last game against him." Best-priced accumulators | New customer offers Wenger on the Emirates "We had to do it," he said, when asked if he would take back the stadium move in exchange for trophies. "There is no club that can turn people who wanted to attend the game down. At the time I thought we were a bit too ambitious with 60,000 (capacity) but at the end of the day it worked," he said. "It's not really happened because other clubs have used outside resources. We had a double handicap. We had to pay back the debt and had to face the competition where clubs have even more resources than they usually have. "I believe Highbury had a special spirit. It's a cathedral, a church. You could smell the soul of every guy that played there. So it was special. It will always be special for me. "The Emirates for me was like buying a new house. It took us a while to feel at home there. It's a fantastic stadium - but there was something special at Highbury that you could never recreate when you build something new. What are the odds? Huddersfield 19/4 Arsenal - 4/7 Draw - 18/5 What's our prediction? Jason Burt: There is nothing riding on Arsene Wenger’s last match in charge of Arsenal except for one thing – can he really end the season as the only manager in English football not to gain any points away from home in 2018? Surely the Arsenal players will not let that happen while Huddersfield, safe from relegation, may still be on that party bus. Prediction: 1-3
Unable or unwilling to give one another a game, these two tired defensive teams did at least provide us all with a fight when Mark Noble briefly lost the plot and squared up to Paul Pogba, in a moment of aggravation as unexpected as a scrap in a quiet country pub. Before then, two five-man defences had faced off in a game of little ambition involving a Jose Mourinho masterplan which involved expending the minimum energy for the return of a single point. That was the minimum the Manchester United manager said that he had come for to ensure that the last game of the season at Old Trafford could run smoothly with second place already secured. It had been going to plan for Mourinho with precious little of note having happened when, with three minutes of the regulation 90 to go, Pogba fouled Cheikhou Kouyate, Noble fouled Pogba, Pogba reciprocated and within seconds it had escalated surprisingly. The West Ham captain was giving away around a foot in height when he went chest-to-chest with his opponent but it did not stop him grabbing the Frenchman’s face, as if he was going to try to scale him rather than fight him. It should have been a red card for the West Ham captain, and Pogba, for all the sneakiness of the foul that had preceded it, did well to keep his cool, perhaps with the FA Cup final a week on Saturday in mind. The referee, Jonathan Moss, instead took the easy route out and booked both of them and, at the final whistle, Noble went over to make peace with an expression of mild embarrassment. There could yet be a Football Association charge for substitute Andy Carroll who came in the second wave and might even have thrown a punch at Luke Shaw, although he escaped any punishment on the night. Mark Noble grabs Paul Pogba by the neck Credit: REUTERS It had so nearly been one of those nights when nothing happens, and no-one seemed to care, when two teams were content to defend and the game ebbed away into moves that went nowhere. When it came to the fight Mourinho was indifferent, saying that from what he had seen of the replays, “it looks like Paul and Noble are in love – hugs and kisses and changing shirts”. All he cared about was the point to ensure second place and the careful husbanding of resources ahead of the Cup final against Chelsea that will do much to define his season. It was for that reason he was making defensive substitutions in the last few minutes of a game, breaking up the rhythm of a match that barely had any rhythm in the first place. “Any team that goes to this kind match where you need something to get some objective, you fight for that,” Mourinho said. “The best way to fight for the point was to try to win the match and be safe, which was what we tried. Luke Shaw returned to the Manchester United starting XI but with little impact Credit: Action Images “But when the game goes to 70, 75 minutes, you don’t win, you don’t lose, you do the job. You get the point. You finish second and you can face the game on Sunday with a different perspective. We deserved a point, we deserved second position. When it is not possible to be champions, second position is the best available which was what we got.” He will play Sergio Romero in goal against Watford and Michael Carrick will captain the team in the last game of his playing career before he joins the coaching staff at Old Trafford. Then it will be about the long run-in to the FA Cup final a week on Saturday which, after a season when they have trailed far behind Manchester City, will sound a different note. It was not helped by the indifference with which the crowd regarded this final match of the season at the unloved stadium, where another mediocre Premier League campaign ends not so much with a whimper as a sigh. The away fans sang that it was the “worst f------ ground we’ve ever seen” and they got little dissent from the home fans, some of whom seemed even to be applauding them. The final week sweep-up of all those games that should have happened at other times is often a painful exercise in who-cares, but this one seemed particularly poignant falling on the second anniversary of the last game at Upton Park. It was the same two teams that contested that epic goodbye that started with Jesse Lingard Snapchatting the attack on the away team bus and ended with a rattling good comeback and a 3-2 West Ham win that no-one was expecting. David Moyes praised his players for their performances. “If we couldn’t get three points than we were going to make sure we got one,” he said – it was that kind of night. Moyes said he thought little of the fight itself. “It had never been that type of game,” he said. “It came out of nowhere.” Marko Arnautovic did his best and was better when Carroll joined him in attack in the second half. The goalkeeper Adrian denied Alexis Sanchez and Lingard twice, also pushing Shaw’s drive onto the post. It was the fight that people will remember of this night, if they remember anything at all. 9:45PM What a difference five minutes make The two midfielders embrace more warmly at full-time Credit: AP Photo/Alastair Grant 9:39PM Well, this isn't very pleasant Noble shoves his hand into Pogba's face with force Credit: REUTERS/David Klein First Noble goes for the ear and then the mouth. What a curious assault Credit: REUTERS/David Klein 9:37PM Full time Manchester United earn the point they needed to secure second place after a cautious and at times tedious encounter. 9:36PM 90+4 min West Ham 0-0 Man Utd Man Utd make their last substitution: Bailly on for Valencia. 9:35PM 90+3 min West Ham 0-0 Man Utd Luke Shaw has turned his ankle. 9:35PM 90+2 min West Ham 0-0 Man Utd Rashford is caught offside. The replay of Noble's aggressive swipe to the face would argue that he deserved something more severe than a yellow. Lucky boy and because he was booked, it cannot be revisited. 9:33PM 90+1 min Ashley Young replaces Alexis Sanchez. 9:33PM 90 min West Ham 0-0 Man Utd Lindelof jumps into Carroll and concedes a free-kick, 22 yarsd out, left of centre. Lanzini takes and spoons it over the bar. Three minutes will be added on. 9:32PM 89 min West Ham 0-0 Man Utd Both are booked. Typical, the game sparks into life after 87 dull minutes and now there's no time left. 9:31PM 87 min West Ham 0-0 Man Utd At last, a ding-dong. Noble shoves Pogba after Pogba's trip on him. Noble had slid in to try to foul Pogba, missed so the France midfielder went for him. The two got in each other's faces and Noble put his hands in Pogba's face. Carroll flies into shove Pogba away and then out come the handbags. 9:27PM 85 min West Ham 0-0 Man Utd Mark Noble, with memories of Saturday's pearler fresh, whacks a 25-yarder over the bar, high, wide and hideous. 9:25PM 83 min West Ham 0-0 Man Utd Carroll lofts a sand-wedge pass with his left foot over the United midfield for Arnautovic to chase. He gets there before Lindelof, waits for Carroll's run into the box then pings a cross to the far post that Shaw, gallantly, wins with a backheader despite feeling the fire of Carroll's breath on his neck. 9:22PM 81 min West Ham 0-0 Man Utd Noble picks out Arnautovic's run with a sumptuous 35-yard arced pass. Arnautovic hits the dropping ball first time with a left-foot volley that trims the side netting. 9:20PM 79 min West Ham 0-0 Man Utd McTominay and Valencia combine on the right and the midfielder crosses deep where Rice wins the header. No poise. No precision. All muddle. 9:19PM 77 min West Ham 0-0 Man Utd Zabaleta hounds Shaw out of possession and Jones his to bail his team-mate out with a tackle. 9:17PM 75 min West Ham 0-0 Man Utd Kouyate jogs back on after treatment following a sack-of-spuds like fall during an aerial battle with Pogba. 9:16PM 74 min West Ham 0-0 Man Utd Manchester United substitution: Jesse Lingard off; Marcus Rashford on. 9:15PM 72 min West Ham 0-0 Man Utd Sanchez dribbles through the box, herded left by Ogbonna and Noble until he gets to the byline. Once there his quick feet turn Noble and he rolls a pass back to Pogba who tries a right-foot curler that starts on the right path but doesn't turn in enough to hit the target. Miss: West Ham 0 - 0 Man Utd (Paul Pogba, 71 min) 9:12PM 70 min West Ham 0-0 Man Utd Zabaleta and Kouyate team up to dispossess Lingard and storm forward but they run out of space and resort to a hit and hope cross into the box. Lindelof shields Arnautovic from the ball. 9:10PM 68 min West Ham 0-0 Man Utd Sanchez takes a corner after Shaw's cross is blocked. He stands it up for Smalling to head ... wide. 9:08PM 66 min West Ham 0-0 Man Utd West Ham substitution: Andy Carroll comes on for Masuaku. 9:06PM 64 min West Ham 0-0 Man Utd Good cross on the run from Valencia wide on the right towards the back post whither Pogba had made a clever run. Up he climbs to meet it but steers it wide. Miss: West Ham 0 - 0 Man Utd (Paul Pogba, 62 min) 9:04PM 62 min West Ham 0-0 Man Utd Arnautovic wakes the Irons fans from their slumber by tearing on a diagonal in-to-out run through the United box. Jones dives in but misses and Arnautovic bullocks round him. Jones, though, tenaciously gets up and blocks the intended cut-back for Lanzini and United regroup. 9:02PM 60 min West Ham 0-0 Man Utd Noble chips a 40-yard pass into the box for Arnautovic. Smalling comes over the top, holding on, to win the header. Arnautovic protests but the referee isn't having it. 9:00PM 57 min West Ham 0-0 Man Utd West Ham free-kick on the right, arced towards Kouyate at the back post. McTominay uses his strength and positioning to hold him off and shepherd the ball out for a throw. Join the club, Jose! Credit: DAVID KLEIN/REUTERS 8:58PM 55 min West Ham 0-0 Man Utd Lingard plays a one-two with Pogba. The West Ham defenders melt back towards goal, inviting him to shoot. He RSVPs in the affirmative and drills a shot that Adrian doesn't have to move to grasp as easy as pie. 8:55PM 53 min West Ham 0-0 Man Utd Do you remember Jorge Valdano, then of Real Madrid, calling Liverpool vs Chelsea in 2005 's--- on a stick' football? I'd like to hear what he thinks of this garbage. 8:54PM 51 min West Ham 0-0 Man Utd Pogba, 25 yards out, looks to lay it off to Shaw on the overlap, takes the opportunity to switch it on to his right then scuds a shot that is deflected and decelerated. 8:52PM 49 min West Ham 0-0 Man Utd Lingard with another of his abject corners that doesn't clear the West Ham near-post sentry. From the clearance Pogba works it out to Sanchez on the left of the box, parallel with the posts and draws Adrian out of goal. Sanchez switches it on to his right and tries to bend it in at the far post but there are too many West Ham defenders and they hustle it clear. 8:50PM 48 min West Ham 0-0 Man Utd Pogba cuts in from the left, slips a pass in to Lingard's feet and he dribbles towards goal on a diagonal path before skelping a right-foot shot that is deflected behind. 8:48PM 46 min West Ham 0-0 Man Utd 'Pogba plays like the team are 3-0 up,' says Gary Neville as we continue where we left off, ball pinging around a heavily congested middle third. 8:41PM Half time West Ham 0-0 Man Utd Here are the shot counts and paths ... West Ham vs Man Utd shots on goal ... the possession stats ... Possession: West Ham vs Man Utd ... and the weighted average touch positions which show Herrera as Man Utd's hub. Average touch positions (half time) 8:36PM Half time West Ham 0-0 Man Utd The half ends with Lingard's shot. United have had a few digs from distance and created their best chance for Shaw but their play lacks a cutting edge and a swagger. West Ham look dangerous on the break but once again it's one of those Premier League games that if you don't have your heart invested in either side you'd not give it your full attention. Too much insipid passing and mass defending. Pace and incisiveness would be a welcome addition in the second-half. 8:32PM 45 min West Ham 0-0 Man Utd Kouyate fouls Sanchez 40 yards out, to emphasise Gary Neville's point. They take it short and Lingard thrashes a shot with his laces from 25 yards, left of the D, that swerves and dips. Adrian, his feet in the wring starting position, adjusts smartly to push it wide. 8:30PM 43 min West Ham 0-0 Man Utd Sanchez picks up the ball on halfway and runs 15 yards until Joao Mario brings him down. Gary Neville points out that Sanchez is playing far to deep to be influential. He is constantly ball-hunting, as he did at Arsenal when possessed by Messiah complex, thinking only he could make the difference. 8:27PM 41 min West Ham 0-0 Man Utd Minutes of sterile possession from Manchester United who lack pace or playmaking guile. In the end Pogba loses patience and flays a shot wide. 8:25PM 39 min West Ham 0-0 Man Utd Pogba takes the ball forward towards halfway, overruns it and tries to win it back by lunging with his right foot and fells Kouyate with a kick on the shin. Awful ball control. 8:23PM 37 min West Ham 0-0 Man Utd Arnautovic again does Smalling, sprinting towards him, gulling him to commit and then beats him to the byline. He pulls back a cross to the near post for Joao Mario who cannot adjust his feet to flick the ball on target but stabs it behind. 8:21PM 36 min West Ham 0-0 Man Utd Lingard takes the corner from the right with his right foot, swinging it out to the edge of the box and West Ham easily clear and break. Their corners have been feeble so far. 8:20PM 34 min West Ham 0-0 Man Utd Cute diagonal from Rice up to Arnautovic who has two United defenders between him and De Gea and claims Lindelof fouls him to stop him. The referee doesn't agree and United hare up the right with Valencia who earns a corner. 8:18PM 33 min West Ham 0-0 Man Utd Lanzini tracks all the way back to the left-back position to try to tackle Valencia who fouls him. David Moyes and his ball-attracting cardigan Credit: Action Images via Reuters/John Sibley 8:16PM 30 min West Ham 0-0 Man Utd Cresswell who is still enterprising even though he is playing on the left side of a back three supports the attack down the right and when the ball arcs through the box he traps it and lines up a shot from 25 yards that he catches sweetly but sends it skimming wide of the right post. 8:14PM 28 min West Ham 0-0 Man Utd Arnautovic spurts down the right and burns off Smalling. His run narrows the angle for the shot so he tries to compromise with a cross that United scramble behind for a corner from which West Ham are penalised for being too handy in the box. 8:13PM 26 min West Ham 0-0 Man Utd Pogba's battle with Kouyate is turning nice and spicy. Zabaleta is all arms and legs when the ball from Valencia's cross leaps awkwardly and caught him on the left forearm. The ref waves play on and he scrambles the ball behind for a corner that United waste once more and West Ham break. 8:11PM 24 min West Ham 0-0 Man Utd Shaw hits the post after Manchester United turn up the intensity, Adrian gets a vital touch to stop the left-back scoring his maiden United goal. It was appropriate that Adrian saved West Ham because his weak save from Sanchez's straight shot set up the chance for Shaw. West Ham vs Man Utd 8:08PM 23 min West Ham 0-0 Man Utd From the goalkick, United win it back and Lingard has a dig from 25 yards that moves and dips but is too close to Adrian. 8:07PM 21 min West Ham 0-0 Man Utd Ogbonna blocks Shaw's low cross through the West Ham box. It's another low cross from Shaw which may be deliberate given the diddy nature of Sanchez and Lingard, though the former is a beast in the air. The ball ricochets to a spot about 25 yards out and McTominay is first to it an d fires a swerving shot wide. 8:05PM 19 min West Ham 0-0 Man Utd Free-kick, 40-yards out, too close to Adrian. United were dreadful at Brighton and are pretty terrible so far tonight. 8:03PM 16 min West Ham 0-0 Man Utd Sanchez and Pogba combine to go on a dribble apiece up the inside-right channel but lose the ball. Arnautovic gives them another opportunity with a foul. 8:02PM 13 min West Ham 0-0 Man Utd Manchester United doze when they take the corner and West Ham break sharply up the left. Lindelof comes out of the middle, Valencia hares back but Cresswell manages to get the cross in that bounces awkwardly through the box. Arnautovic arrives at the back post, too soon to meet the deflected flight of the ball perfectly and he has to crane his body backwards to improvise a finish that he can't get on target. 7:57PM 11 min West Ham 0-0 Man Utd Pogba gambols down the left, heads for the byline but Zabaleta slides in, misses with his leading foot then improvises to hook it behind with his left. United have a corner, which they waste with a shoddy delivery. 7:56PM 9 min West Ham 0-0 Man Utd It might be the positioning of the microphones, or the fact United's away fans habitually make more noise than their home ones, but it's only them you can hear. Lingard is dragged back by Joao Mario, who put an arm on his biceps as he writhed past. Lingard went down as if he'd had his legs whacked behind the knees with a thick walking cane. 7:53PM 7 min West Ham 0-0 Man Utd David Moyes is wearing a claret cardigan, the ind a Smiths' fan would have worn to Fresher's Week in 1986. Is he trying to do for the cardi what Rafa Benitez has done for the waistcoat. Arnautovic wriggles free of Herrera and strides towards the box. He tries to surprise De Gea with an early shot but toe-pokes it straight down the keeper's throat. 7:51PM 5 min West Ham 0-0 Man Utd Pogba sprays a pass out to Shaw on the overlap and he crosses low first-time on the run but its trajectory bends it away from Sanchez's run and Masuaku intercepts. 7:50PM 4 min West Ham 0-0 Man Utd Not a great deal of urgency so far or precision in the passing. Both sides making the kind of milky starts that have bedevilled their seasons. 7:48PM 2 min West Ham 0-0 Man Utd Kouyate snaps into a tackle and wins the ball off Pogba but Manchester United press hard to force their opponents backwards to pass it around in their half until they lose possession when they cross halfway. Joao Mario loses the 40-60 pass. 7:47PM 1 min West Ham 0-0 Man Utd Manchester United in their tin foil kit kick off as the bubbles swirl around the Olympic Stadium. Lingard chases a ball up the right from Valencia but Adrian gets to it first. When Manchester United try the same again Ogbonna heads it clear. 7:43PM Out come the teams Patrice Evra renews auld acquaintance with some of those vertical arm-wrestle position-style slappy handshakes. 7:40PM David Moyes speaks, too We pick up where we left off against Leicester. At home we’ve always got a chance, and hopefully this evening we can show that. We passed the ball well on Saturday, made quite a few openings. We didn’t make the most of all of them. Let’s hope we can take them tonight. 7:39PM Jose Mourinho speaks We need a point. We have two matches, but hopefully we can do it today. Are we going to play for the point? No. We’re going to try to win. But we have a clear objective, which is to finish second. And to finish second, we need a point. 7:33PM Enormous excitement From Sky, who are treating it like a Championship match. Fifteen minutes build-up and straight into it. Let's hope it catches on. 7:02PM Those teams in black and white West Ham Adrian; Rice, Ogbonna, Cresswell; Zabaleta, Kouyate, Noble, Masuaku; Joao Mario, Lanzini; Arnautovic. Substitutes Hart, Evra, Obiang, Fernandes, Cullen, Carroll, Hugill. Jose Mourinho makes eight changes to Manchester United's starting XI after last Friday's defeat by Brighton Credit: Steve Bardens/Getty Images Man Utd: De Gea; Lindelof, Smalling, Jones; Valencia, Herrera, McTominay, Shaw; Lingard, Pogba; Sanchez. Substitutes Romero, Bailly, Blind, Young, Mata, Martial, Rashford. Referee Jonathan Moss (Horsforth) 6:54PM Man Utd switch formations And make eight changes. 8⃣ changes to tonight's #MUFC starting XI... #WHUMUNpic.twitter.com/ztLylXt6At— Manchester United (@ManUtd) May 10, 2018 6:53PM West Ham are unchanged We're unchanged, with Hart back in the squad after recovering from illness. pic.twitter.com/Bz6khYpD9X— West Ham United (@WestHamUtd) May 10, 2018 6:52PM Good evening A point tonight for Manchester United at West Ham United would guarantee a second place finish for them in the Premier League for the first time since 2012 and hence, their highest position since the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson after winning their 20th title in 2013. It has, at least in the Premier League era, proved a fine staging post for top spot the following season - in fact the equivalent of Everest's camp four rather than base camp - as they went on to win the title the season after they were runners-up on each of the last six occasions (1992, 1995, 1998, 2006, 2010 and 2012) but didn't manage it the last three times they were second in the old League Division One (1968, 1980 and 1988). Omen or coincidence? Let's not have a heated debate. West Ham have enjoyed wazzing on United's chips in the past - most notably the 'obscene' victory in 1992 and Ludek Miklosko defying Andy Cole to earn a point that helped Blackburn to the title in 1995 - but their recent record at home, the raucous triumph in their final game at Upton Park two years ago when Michail Antonio and Winston Reid turned it round with a few minutes to go, has been painful. Brian McClair on Sir Alex Ferguson What can we expect tonight? While there's relief that they are now safe from the threat of relegation it is no panacea for solving West Ham's problems, the disconnect between those who love the club and those who own it, the loss of identity, terroir and a clear, coherent vision of what the club means, what it's for, that had sustained it since 1895. It's not presumptuous or hubristic for fans not to want Sam Allardyce or David Moyes. Pragmatism appeals to owners but fans see it for what it is: self-limiting. They want commitment, passion, style, not conservative football that's anathema to their ideal of what the club is and the values for which it has always stood. And that is precisely Manchester United's fans' predicament too, albeit at a more rarefied level. Who knows if there will be any signs of a brighter, more appropriate future for both sides tonight.
Passions run high after Paul Pogba and Mark Noble go toe to toe as Man Utd secure second place
Unable or unwilling to give one another a game, these two tired defensive teams did at least provide us all with a fight when Mark Noble briefly lost the plot and squared up to Paul Pogba, in a moment of aggravation as unexpected as a scrap in a quiet country pub. Before then, two five-man defences had faced off in a game of little ambition involving a Jose Mourinho masterplan which involved expending the minimum energy for the return of a single point. That was the minimum the Manchester United manager said that he had come for to ensure that the last game of the season at Old Trafford could run smoothly with second place already secured. It had been going to plan for Mourinho with precious little of note having happened when, with three minutes of the regulation 90 to go, Pogba fouled Cheikhou Kouyate, Noble fouled Pogba, Pogba reciprocated and within seconds it had escalated surprisingly. The West Ham captain was giving away around a foot in height when he went chest-to-chest with his opponent but it did not stop him grabbing the Frenchman’s face, as if he was going to try to scale him rather than fight him. It should have been a red card for the West Ham captain, and Pogba, for all the sneakiness of the foul that had preceded it, did well to keep his cool, perhaps with the FA Cup final a week on Saturday in mind. The referee, Jonathan Moss, instead took the easy route out and booked both of them and, at the final whistle, Noble went over to make peace with an expression of mild embarrassment. There could yet be a Football Association charge for substitute Andy Carroll who came in the second wave and might even have thrown a punch at Luke Shaw, although he escaped any punishment on the night. Mark Noble grabs Paul Pogba by the neck Credit: REUTERS It had so nearly been one of those nights when nothing happens, and no-one seemed to care, when two teams were content to defend and the game ebbed away into moves that went nowhere. When it came to the fight Mourinho was indifferent, saying that from what he had seen of the replays, “it looks like Paul and Noble are in love – hugs and kisses and changing shirts”. All he cared about was the point to ensure second place and the careful husbanding of resources ahead of the Cup final against Chelsea that will do much to define his season. It was for that reason he was making defensive substitutions in the last few minutes of a game, breaking up the rhythm of a match that barely had any rhythm in the first place. “Any team that goes to this kind match where you need something to get some objective, you fight for that,” Mourinho said. “The best way to fight for the point was to try to win the match and be safe, which was what we tried. Luke Shaw returned to the Manchester United starting XI but with little impact Credit: Action Images “But when the game goes to 70, 75 minutes, you don’t win, you don’t lose, you do the job. You get the point. You finish second and you can face the game on Sunday with a different perspective. We deserved a point, we deserved second position. When it is not possible to be champions, second position is the best available which was what we got.” He will play Sergio Romero in goal against Watford and Michael Carrick will captain the team in the last game of his playing career before he joins the coaching staff at Old Trafford. Then it will be about the long run-in to the FA Cup final a week on Saturday which, after a season when they have trailed far behind Manchester City, will sound a different note. It was not helped by the indifference with which the crowd regarded this final match of the season at the unloved stadium, where another mediocre Premier League campaign ends not so much with a whimper as a sigh. The away fans sang that it was the “worst f------ ground we’ve ever seen” and they got little dissent from the home fans, some of whom seemed even to be applauding them. The final week sweep-up of all those games that should have happened at other times is often a painful exercise in who-cares, but this one seemed particularly poignant falling on the second anniversary of the last game at Upton Park. It was the same two teams that contested that epic goodbye that started with Jesse Lingard Snapchatting the attack on the away team bus and ended with a rattling good comeback and a 3-2 West Ham win that no-one was expecting. David Moyes praised his players for their performances. “If we couldn’t get three points than we were going to make sure we got one,” he said – it was that kind of night. Moyes said he thought little of the fight itself. “It had never been that type of game,” he said. “It came out of nowhere.” Marko Arnautovic did his best and was better when Carroll joined him in attack in the second half. The goalkeeper Adrian denied Alexis Sanchez and Lingard twice, also pushing Shaw’s drive onto the post. It was the fight that people will remember of this night, if they remember anything at all. 9:45PM What a difference five minutes make The two midfielders embrace more warmly at full-time Credit: AP Photo/Alastair Grant 9:39PM Well, this isn't very pleasant Noble shoves his hand into Pogba's face with force Credit: REUTERS/David Klein First Noble goes for the ear and then the mouth. What a curious assault Credit: REUTERS/David Klein 9:37PM Full time Manchester United earn the point they needed to secure second place after a cautious and at times tedious encounter. 9:36PM 90+4 min West Ham 0-0 Man Utd Man Utd make their last substitution: Bailly on for Valencia. 9:35PM 90+3 min West Ham 0-0 Man Utd Luke Shaw has turned his ankle. 9:35PM 90+2 min West Ham 0-0 Man Utd Rashford is caught offside. The replay of Noble's aggressive swipe to the face would argue that he deserved something more severe than a yellow. Lucky boy and because he was booked, it cannot be revisited. 9:33PM 90+1 min Ashley Young replaces Alexis Sanchez. 9:33PM 90 min West Ham 0-0 Man Utd Lindelof jumps into Carroll and concedes a free-kick, 22 yarsd out, left of centre. Lanzini takes and spoons it over the bar. Three minutes will be added on. 9:32PM 89 min West Ham 0-0 Man Utd Both are booked. Typical, the game sparks into life after 87 dull minutes and now there's no time left. 9:31PM 87 min West Ham 0-0 Man Utd At last, a ding-dong. Noble shoves Pogba after Pogba's trip on him. Noble had slid in to try to foul Pogba, missed so the France midfielder went for him. The two got in each other's faces and Noble put his hands in Pogba's face. Carroll flies into shove Pogba away and then out come the handbags. 9:27PM 85 min West Ham 0-0 Man Utd Mark Noble, with memories of Saturday's pearler fresh, whacks a 25-yarder over the bar, high, wide and hideous. 9:25PM 83 min West Ham 0-0 Man Utd Carroll lofts a sand-wedge pass with his left foot over the United midfield for Arnautovic to chase. He gets there before Lindelof, waits for Carroll's run into the box then pings a cross to the far post that Shaw, gallantly, wins with a backheader despite feeling the fire of Carroll's breath on his neck. 9:22PM 81 min West Ham 0-0 Man Utd Noble picks out Arnautovic's run with a sumptuous 35-yard arced pass. Arnautovic hits the dropping ball first time with a left-foot volley that trims the side netting. 9:20PM 79 min West Ham 0-0 Man Utd McTominay and Valencia combine on the right and the midfielder crosses deep where Rice wins the header. No poise. No precision. All muddle. 9:19PM 77 min West Ham 0-0 Man Utd Zabaleta hounds Shaw out of possession and Jones his to bail his team-mate out with a tackle. 9:17PM 75 min West Ham 0-0 Man Utd Kouyate jogs back on after treatment following a sack-of-spuds like fall during an aerial battle with Pogba. 9:16PM 74 min West Ham 0-0 Man Utd Manchester United substitution: Jesse Lingard off; Marcus Rashford on. 9:15PM 72 min West Ham 0-0 Man Utd Sanchez dribbles through the box, herded left by Ogbonna and Noble until he gets to the byline. Once there his quick feet turn Noble and he rolls a pass back to Pogba who tries a right-foot curler that starts on the right path but doesn't turn in enough to hit the target. Miss: West Ham 0 - 0 Man Utd (Paul Pogba, 71 min) 9:12PM 70 min West Ham 0-0 Man Utd Zabaleta and Kouyate team up to dispossess Lingard and storm forward but they run out of space and resort to a hit and hope cross into the box. Lindelof shields Arnautovic from the ball. 9:10PM 68 min West Ham 0-0 Man Utd Sanchez takes a corner after Shaw's cross is blocked. He stands it up for Smalling to head ... wide. 9:08PM 66 min West Ham 0-0 Man Utd West Ham substitution: Andy Carroll comes on for Masuaku. 9:06PM 64 min West Ham 0-0 Man Utd Good cross on the run from Valencia wide on the right towards the back post whither Pogba had made a clever run. Up he climbs to meet it but steers it wide. Miss: West Ham 0 - 0 Man Utd (Paul Pogba, 62 min) 9:04PM 62 min West Ham 0-0 Man Utd Arnautovic wakes the Irons fans from their slumber by tearing on a diagonal in-to-out run through the United box. Jones dives in but misses and Arnautovic bullocks round him. Jones, though, tenaciously gets up and blocks the intended cut-back for Lanzini and United regroup. 9:02PM 60 min West Ham 0-0 Man Utd Noble chips a 40-yard pass into the box for Arnautovic. Smalling comes over the top, holding on, to win the header. Arnautovic protests but the referee isn't having it. 9:00PM 57 min West Ham 0-0 Man Utd West Ham free-kick on the right, arced towards Kouyate at the back post. McTominay uses his strength and positioning to hold him off and shepherd the ball out for a throw. Join the club, Jose! Credit: DAVID KLEIN/REUTERS 8:58PM 55 min West Ham 0-0 Man Utd Lingard plays a one-two with Pogba. The West Ham defenders melt back towards goal, inviting him to shoot. He RSVPs in the affirmative and drills a shot that Adrian doesn't have to move to grasp as easy as pie. 8:55PM 53 min West Ham 0-0 Man Utd Do you remember Jorge Valdano, then of Real Madrid, calling Liverpool vs Chelsea in 2005 's--- on a stick' football? I'd like to hear what he thinks of this garbage. 8:54PM 51 min West Ham 0-0 Man Utd Pogba, 25 yards out, looks to lay it off to Shaw on the overlap, takes the opportunity to switch it on to his right then scuds a shot that is deflected and decelerated. 8:52PM 49 min West Ham 0-0 Man Utd Lingard with another of his abject corners that doesn't clear the West Ham near-post sentry. From the clearance Pogba works it out to Sanchez on the left of the box, parallel with the posts and draws Adrian out of goal. Sanchez switches it on to his right and tries to bend it in at the far post but there are too many West Ham defenders and they hustle it clear. 8:50PM 48 min West Ham 0-0 Man Utd Pogba cuts in from the left, slips a pass in to Lingard's feet and he dribbles towards goal on a diagonal path before skelping a right-foot shot that is deflected behind. 8:48PM 46 min West Ham 0-0 Man Utd 'Pogba plays like the team are 3-0 up,' says Gary Neville as we continue where we left off, ball pinging around a heavily congested middle third. 8:41PM Half time West Ham 0-0 Man Utd Here are the shot counts and paths ... West Ham vs Man Utd shots on goal ... the possession stats ... Possession: West Ham vs Man Utd ... and the weighted average touch positions which show Herrera as Man Utd's hub. Average touch positions (half time) 8:36PM Half time West Ham 0-0 Man Utd The half ends with Lingard's shot. United have had a few digs from distance and created their best chance for Shaw but their play lacks a cutting edge and a swagger. West Ham look dangerous on the break but once again it's one of those Premier League games that if you don't have your heart invested in either side you'd not give it your full attention. Too much insipid passing and mass defending. Pace and incisiveness would be a welcome addition in the second-half. 8:32PM 45 min West Ham 0-0 Man Utd Kouyate fouls Sanchez 40 yards out, to emphasise Gary Neville's point. They take it short and Lingard thrashes a shot with his laces from 25 yards, left of the D, that swerves and dips. Adrian, his feet in the wring starting position, adjusts smartly to push it wide. 8:30PM 43 min West Ham 0-0 Man Utd Sanchez picks up the ball on halfway and runs 15 yards until Joao Mario brings him down. Gary Neville points out that Sanchez is playing far to deep to be influential. He is constantly ball-hunting, as he did at Arsenal when possessed by Messiah complex, thinking only he could make the difference. 8:27PM 41 min West Ham 0-0 Man Utd Minutes of sterile possession from Manchester United who lack pace or playmaking guile. In the end Pogba loses patience and flays a shot wide. 8:25PM 39 min West Ham 0-0 Man Utd Pogba takes the ball forward towards halfway, overruns it and tries to win it back by lunging with his right foot and fells Kouyate with a kick on the shin. Awful ball control. 8:23PM 37 min West Ham 0-0 Man Utd Arnautovic again does Smalling, sprinting towards him, gulling him to commit and then beats him to the byline. He pulls back a cross to the near post for Joao Mario who cannot adjust his feet to flick the ball on target but stabs it behind. 8:21PM 36 min West Ham 0-0 Man Utd Lingard takes the corner from the right with his right foot, swinging it out to the edge of the box and West Ham easily clear and break. Their corners have been feeble so far. 8:20PM 34 min West Ham 0-0 Man Utd Cute diagonal from Rice up to Arnautovic who has two United defenders between him and De Gea and claims Lindelof fouls him to stop him. The referee doesn't agree and United hare up the right with Valencia who earns a corner. 8:18PM 33 min West Ham 0-0 Man Utd Lanzini tracks all the way back to the left-back position to try to tackle Valencia who fouls him. David Moyes and his ball-attracting cardigan Credit: Action Images via Reuters/John Sibley 8:16PM 30 min West Ham 0-0 Man Utd Cresswell who is still enterprising even though he is playing on the left side of a back three supports the attack down the right and when the ball arcs through the box he traps it and lines up a shot from 25 yards that he catches sweetly but sends it skimming wide of the right post. 8:14PM 28 min West Ham 0-0 Man Utd Arnautovic spurts down the right and burns off Smalling. His run narrows the angle for the shot so he tries to compromise with a cross that United scramble behind for a corner from which West Ham are penalised for being too handy in the box. 8:13PM 26 min West Ham 0-0 Man Utd Pogba's battle with Kouyate is turning nice and spicy. Zabaleta is all arms and legs when the ball from Valencia's cross leaps awkwardly and caught him on the left forearm. The ref waves play on and he scrambles the ball behind for a corner that United waste once more and West Ham break. 8:11PM 24 min West Ham 0-0 Man Utd Shaw hits the post after Manchester United turn up the intensity, Adrian gets a vital touch to stop the left-back scoring his maiden United goal. It was appropriate that Adrian saved West Ham because his weak save from Sanchez's straight shot set up the chance for Shaw. West Ham vs Man Utd 8:08PM 23 min West Ham 0-0 Man Utd From the goalkick, United win it back and Lingard has a dig from 25 yards that moves and dips but is too close to Adrian. 8:07PM 21 min West Ham 0-0 Man Utd Ogbonna blocks Shaw's low cross through the West Ham box. It's another low cross from Shaw which may be deliberate given the diddy nature of Sanchez and Lingard, though the former is a beast in the air. The ball ricochets to a spot about 25 yards out and McTominay is first to it an d fires a swerving shot wide. 8:05PM 19 min West Ham 0-0 Man Utd Free-kick, 40-yards out, too close to Adrian. United were dreadful at Brighton and are pretty terrible so far tonight. 8:03PM 16 min West Ham 0-0 Man Utd Sanchez and Pogba combine to go on a dribble apiece up the inside-right channel but lose the ball. Arnautovic gives them another opportunity with a foul. 8:02PM 13 min West Ham 0-0 Man Utd Manchester United doze when they take the corner and West Ham break sharply up the left. Lindelof comes out of the middle, Valencia hares back but Cresswell manages to get the cross in that bounces awkwardly through the box. Arnautovic arrives at the back post, too soon to meet the deflected flight of the ball perfectly and he has to crane his body backwards to improvise a finish that he can't get on target. 7:57PM 11 min West Ham 0-0 Man Utd Pogba gambols down the left, heads for the byline but Zabaleta slides in, misses with his leading foot then improvises to hook it behind with his left. United have a corner, which they waste with a shoddy delivery. 7:56PM 9 min West Ham 0-0 Man Utd It might be the positioning of the microphones, or the fact United's away fans habitually make more noise than their home ones, but it's only them you can hear. Lingard is dragged back by Joao Mario, who put an arm on his biceps as he writhed past. Lingard went down as if he'd had his legs whacked behind the knees with a thick walking cane. 7:53PM 7 min West Ham 0-0 Man Utd David Moyes is wearing a claret cardigan, the ind a Smiths' fan would have worn to Fresher's Week in 1986. Is he trying to do for the cardi what Rafa Benitez has done for the waistcoat. Arnautovic wriggles free of Herrera and strides towards the box. He tries to surprise De Gea with an early shot but toe-pokes it straight down the keeper's throat. 7:51PM 5 min West Ham 0-0 Man Utd Pogba sprays a pass out to Shaw on the overlap and he crosses low first-time on the run but its trajectory bends it away from Sanchez's run and Masuaku intercepts. 7:50PM 4 min West Ham 0-0 Man Utd Not a great deal of urgency so far or precision in the passing. Both sides making the kind of milky starts that have bedevilled their seasons. 7:48PM 2 min West Ham 0-0 Man Utd Kouyate snaps into a tackle and wins the ball off Pogba but Manchester United press hard to force their opponents backwards to pass it around in their half until they lose possession when they cross halfway. Joao Mario loses the 40-60 pass. 7:47PM 1 min West Ham 0-0 Man Utd Manchester United in their tin foil kit kick off as the bubbles swirl around the Olympic Stadium. Lingard chases a ball up the right from Valencia but Adrian gets to it first. When Manchester United try the same again Ogbonna heads it clear. 7:43PM Out come the teams Patrice Evra renews auld acquaintance with some of those vertical arm-wrestle position-style slappy handshakes. 7:40PM David Moyes speaks, too We pick up where we left off against Leicester. At home we’ve always got a chance, and hopefully this evening we can show that. We passed the ball well on Saturday, made quite a few openings. We didn’t make the most of all of them. Let’s hope we can take them tonight. 7:39PM Jose Mourinho speaks We need a point. We have two matches, but hopefully we can do it today. Are we going to play for the point? No. We’re going to try to win. But we have a clear objective, which is to finish second. And to finish second, we need a point. 7:33PM Enormous excitement From Sky, who are treating it like a Championship match. Fifteen minutes build-up and straight into it. Let's hope it catches on. 7:02PM Those teams in black and white West Ham Adrian; Rice, Ogbonna, Cresswell; Zabaleta, Kouyate, Noble, Masuaku; Joao Mario, Lanzini; Arnautovic. Substitutes Hart, Evra, Obiang, Fernandes, Cullen, Carroll, Hugill. Jose Mourinho makes eight changes to Manchester United's starting XI after last Friday's defeat by Brighton Credit: Steve Bardens/Getty Images Man Utd: De Gea; Lindelof, Smalling, Jones; Valencia, Herrera, McTominay, Shaw; Lingard, Pogba; Sanchez. Substitutes Romero, Bailly, Blind, Young, Mata, Martial, Rashford. Referee Jonathan Moss (Horsforth) 6:54PM Man Utd switch formations And make eight changes. 8⃣ changes to tonight's #MUFC starting XI... #WHUMUNpic.twitter.com/ztLylXt6At— Manchester United (@ManUtd) May 10, 2018 6:53PM West Ham are unchanged We're unchanged, with Hart back in the squad after recovering from illness. pic.twitter.com/Bz6khYpD9X— West Ham United (@WestHamUtd) May 10, 2018 6:52PM Good evening A point tonight for Manchester United at West Ham United would guarantee a second place finish for them in the Premier League for the first time since 2012 and hence, their highest position since the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson after winning their 20th title in 2013. It has, at least in the Premier League era, proved a fine staging post for top spot the following season - in fact the equivalent of Everest's camp four rather than base camp - as they went on to win the title the season after they were runners-up on each of the last six occasions (1992, 1995, 1998, 2006, 2010 and 2012) but didn't manage it the last three times they were second in the old League Division One (1968, 1980 and 1988). Omen or coincidence? Let's not have a heated debate. West Ham have enjoyed wazzing on United's chips in the past - most notably the 'obscene' victory in 1992 and Ludek Miklosko defying Andy Cole to earn a point that helped Blackburn to the title in 1995 - but their recent record at home, the raucous triumph in their final game at Upton Park two years ago when Michail Antonio and Winston Reid turned it round with a few minutes to go, has been painful. Brian McClair on Sir Alex Ferguson What can we expect tonight? While there's relief that they are now safe from the threat of relegation it is no panacea for solving West Ham's problems, the disconnect between those who love the club and those who own it, the loss of identity, terroir and a clear, coherent vision of what the club means, what it's for, that had sustained it since 1895. It's not presumptuous or hubristic for fans not to want Sam Allardyce or David Moyes. Pragmatism appeals to owners but fans see it for what it is: self-limiting. They want commitment, passion, style, not conservative football that's anathema to their ideal of what the club is and the values for which it has always stood. And that is precisely Manchester United's fans' predicament too, albeit at a more rarefied level. Who knows if there will be any signs of a brighter, more appropriate future for both sides tonight.
Unable or unwilling to give one another a game, these two tired defensive teams did at least provide us all with a fight when Mark Noble briefly lost the plot and squared up to Paul Pogba, in a moment of aggravation as unexpected as a scrap in a quiet country pub. Before then, two five-man defences had faced off in a game of little ambition involving a Jose Mourinho masterplan which involved expending the minimum energy for the return of a single point. That was the minimum the Manchester United manager said that he had come for to ensure that the last game of the season at Old Trafford could run smoothly with second place already secured. It had been going to plan for Mourinho with precious little of note having happened when, with three minutes of the regulation 90 to go, Pogba fouled Cheikhou Kouyate, Noble fouled Pogba, Pogba reciprocated and within seconds it had escalated surprisingly. The West Ham captain was giving away around a foot in height when he went chest-to-chest with his opponent but it did not stop him grabbing the Frenchman’s face, as if he was going to try to scale him rather than fight him. It should have been a red card for the West Ham captain, and Pogba, for all the sneakiness of the foul that had preceded it, did well to keep his cool, perhaps with the FA Cup final a week on Saturday in mind. The referee, Jonathan Moss, instead took the easy route out and booked both of them and, at the final whistle, Noble went over to make peace with an expression of mild embarrassment. There could yet be a Football Association charge for substitute Andy Carroll who came in the second wave and might even have thrown a punch at Luke Shaw, although he escaped any punishment on the night. Mark Noble grabs Paul Pogba by the neck Credit: REUTERS It had so nearly been one of those nights when nothing happens, and no-one seemed to care, when two teams were content to defend and the game ebbed away into moves that went nowhere. When it came to the fight Mourinho was indifferent, saying that from what he had seen of the replays, “it looks like Paul and Noble are in love – hugs and kisses and changing shirts”. All he cared about was the point to ensure second place and the careful husbanding of resources ahead of the Cup final against Chelsea that will do much to define his season. It was for that reason he was making defensive substitutions in the last few minutes of a game, breaking up the rhythm of a match that barely had any rhythm in the first place. “Any team that goes to this kind match where you need something to get some objective, you fight for that,” Mourinho said. “The best way to fight for the point was to try to win the match and be safe, which was what we tried. Luke Shaw returned to the Manchester United starting XI but with little impact Credit: Action Images “But when the game goes to 70, 75 minutes, you don’t win, you don’t lose, you do the job. You get the point. You finish second and you can face the game on Sunday with a different perspective. We deserved a point, we deserved second position. When it is not possible to be champions, second position is the best available which was what we got.” He will play Sergio Romero in goal against Watford and Michael Carrick will captain the team in the last game of his playing career before he joins the coaching staff at Old Trafford. Then it will be about the long run-in to the FA Cup final a week on Saturday which, after a season when they have trailed far behind Manchester City, will sound a different note. It was not helped by the indifference with which the crowd regarded this final match of the season at the unloved stadium, where another mediocre Premier League campaign ends not so much with a whimper as a sigh. The away fans sang that it was the “worst f------ ground we’ve ever seen” and they got little dissent from the home fans, some of whom seemed even to be applauding them. The final week sweep-up of all those games that should have happened at other times is often a painful exercise in who-cares, but this one seemed particularly poignant falling on the second anniversary of the last game at Upton Park. It was the same two teams that contested that epic goodbye that started with Jesse Lingard Snapchatting the attack on the away team bus and ended with a rattling good comeback and a 3-2 West Ham win that no-one was expecting. David Moyes praised his players for their performances. “If we couldn’t get three points than we were going to make sure we got one,” he said – it was that kind of night. Moyes said he thought little of the fight itself. “It had never been that type of game,” he said. “It came out of nowhere.” Marko Arnautovic did his best and was better when Carroll joined him in attack in the second half. The goalkeeper Adrian denied Alexis Sanchez and Lingard twice, also pushing Shaw’s drive onto the post. It was the fight that people will remember of this night, if they remember anything at all. 9:45PM What a difference five minutes make The two midfielders embrace more warmly at full-time Credit: AP Photo/Alastair Grant 9:39PM Well, this isn't very pleasant Noble shoves his hand into Pogba's face with force Credit: REUTERS/David Klein First Noble goes for the ear and then the mouth. What a curious assault Credit: REUTERS/David Klein 9:37PM Full time Manchester United earn the point they needed to secure second place after a cautious and at times tedious encounter. 9:36PM 90+4 min West Ham 0-0 Man Utd Man Utd make their last substitution: Bailly on for Valencia. 9:35PM 90+3 min West Ham 0-0 Man Utd Luke Shaw has turned his ankle. 9:35PM 90+2 min West Ham 0-0 Man Utd Rashford is caught offside. The replay of Noble's aggressive swipe to the face would argue that he deserved something more severe than a yellow. Lucky boy and because he was booked, it cannot be revisited. 9:33PM 90+1 min Ashley Young replaces Alexis Sanchez. 9:33PM 90 min West Ham 0-0 Man Utd Lindelof jumps into Carroll and concedes a free-kick, 22 yarsd out, left of centre. Lanzini takes and spoons it over the bar. Three minutes will be added on. 9:32PM 89 min West Ham 0-0 Man Utd Both are booked. Typical, the game sparks into life after 87 dull minutes and now there's no time left. 9:31PM 87 min West Ham 0-0 Man Utd At last, a ding-dong. Noble shoves Pogba after Pogba's trip on him. Noble had slid in to try to foul Pogba, missed so the France midfielder went for him. The two got in each other's faces and Noble put his hands in Pogba's face. Carroll flies into shove Pogba away and then out come the handbags. 9:27PM 85 min West Ham 0-0 Man Utd Mark Noble, with memories of Saturday's pearler fresh, whacks a 25-yarder over the bar, high, wide and hideous. 9:25PM 83 min West Ham 0-0 Man Utd Carroll lofts a sand-wedge pass with his left foot over the United midfield for Arnautovic to chase. He gets there before Lindelof, waits for Carroll's run into the box then pings a cross to the far post that Shaw, gallantly, wins with a backheader despite feeling the fire of Carroll's breath on his neck. 9:22PM 81 min West Ham 0-0 Man Utd Noble picks out Arnautovic's run with a sumptuous 35-yard arced pass. Arnautovic hits the dropping ball first time with a left-foot volley that trims the side netting. 9:20PM 79 min West Ham 0-0 Man Utd McTominay and Valencia combine on the right and the midfielder crosses deep where Rice wins the header. No poise. No precision. All muddle. 9:19PM 77 min West Ham 0-0 Man Utd Zabaleta hounds Shaw out of possession and Jones his to bail his team-mate out with a tackle. 9:17PM 75 min West Ham 0-0 Man Utd Kouyate jogs back on after treatment following a sack-of-spuds like fall during an aerial battle with Pogba. 9:16PM 74 min West Ham 0-0 Man Utd Manchester United substitution: Jesse Lingard off; Marcus Rashford on. 9:15PM 72 min West Ham 0-0 Man Utd Sanchez dribbles through the box, herded left by Ogbonna and Noble until he gets to the byline. Once there his quick feet turn Noble and he rolls a pass back to Pogba who tries a right-foot curler that starts on the right path but doesn't turn in enough to hit the target. Miss: West Ham 0 - 0 Man Utd (Paul Pogba, 71 min) 9:12PM 70 min West Ham 0-0 Man Utd Zabaleta and Kouyate team up to dispossess Lingard and storm forward but they run out of space and resort to a hit and hope cross into the box. Lindelof shields Arnautovic from the ball. 9:10PM 68 min West Ham 0-0 Man Utd Sanchez takes a corner after Shaw's cross is blocked. He stands it up for Smalling to head ... wide. 9:08PM 66 min West Ham 0-0 Man Utd West Ham substitution: Andy Carroll comes on for Masuaku. 9:06PM 64 min West Ham 0-0 Man Utd Good cross on the run from Valencia wide on the right towards the back post whither Pogba had made a clever run. Up he climbs to meet it but steers it wide. Miss: West Ham 0 - 0 Man Utd (Paul Pogba, 62 min) 9:04PM 62 min West Ham 0-0 Man Utd Arnautovic wakes the Irons fans from their slumber by tearing on a diagonal in-to-out run through the United box. Jones dives in but misses and Arnautovic bullocks round him. Jones, though, tenaciously gets up and blocks the intended cut-back for Lanzini and United regroup. 9:02PM 60 min West Ham 0-0 Man Utd Noble chips a 40-yard pass into the box for Arnautovic. Smalling comes over the top, holding on, to win the header. Arnautovic protests but the referee isn't having it. 9:00PM 57 min West Ham 0-0 Man Utd West Ham free-kick on the right, arced towards Kouyate at the back post. McTominay uses his strength and positioning to hold him off and shepherd the ball out for a throw. Join the club, Jose! Credit: DAVID KLEIN/REUTERS 8:58PM 55 min West Ham 0-0 Man Utd Lingard plays a one-two with Pogba. The West Ham defenders melt back towards goal, inviting him to shoot. He RSVPs in the affirmative and drills a shot that Adrian doesn't have to move to grasp as easy as pie. 8:55PM 53 min West Ham 0-0 Man Utd Do you remember Jorge Valdano, then of Real Madrid, calling Liverpool vs Chelsea in 2005 's--- on a stick' football? I'd like to hear what he thinks of this garbage. 8:54PM 51 min West Ham 0-0 Man Utd Pogba, 25 yards out, looks to lay it off to Shaw on the overlap, takes the opportunity to switch it on to his right then scuds a shot that is deflected and decelerated. 8:52PM 49 min West Ham 0-0 Man Utd Lingard with another of his abject corners that doesn't clear the West Ham near-post sentry. From the clearance Pogba works it out to Sanchez on the left of the box, parallel with the posts and draws Adrian out of goal. Sanchez switches it on to his right and tries to bend it in at the far post but there are too many West Ham defenders and they hustle it clear. 8:50PM 48 min West Ham 0-0 Man Utd Pogba cuts in from the left, slips a pass in to Lingard's feet and he dribbles towards goal on a diagonal path before skelping a right-foot shot that is deflected behind. 8:48PM 46 min West Ham 0-0 Man Utd 'Pogba plays like the team are 3-0 up,' says Gary Neville as we continue where we left off, ball pinging around a heavily congested middle third. 8:41PM Half time West Ham 0-0 Man Utd Here are the shot counts and paths ... West Ham vs Man Utd shots on goal ... the possession stats ... Possession: West Ham vs Man Utd ... and the weighted average touch positions which show Herrera as Man Utd's hub. Average touch positions (half time) 8:36PM Half time West Ham 0-0 Man Utd The half ends with Lingard's shot. United have had a few digs from distance and created their best chance for Shaw but their play lacks a cutting edge and a swagger. West Ham look dangerous on the break but once again it's one of those Premier League games that if you don't have your heart invested in either side you'd not give it your full attention. Too much insipid passing and mass defending. Pace and incisiveness would be a welcome addition in the second-half. 8:32PM 45 min West Ham 0-0 Man Utd Kouyate fouls Sanchez 40 yards out, to emphasise Gary Neville's point. They take it short and Lingard thrashes a shot with his laces from 25 yards, left of the D, that swerves and dips. Adrian, his feet in the wring starting position, adjusts smartly to push it wide. 8:30PM 43 min West Ham 0-0 Man Utd Sanchez picks up the ball on halfway and runs 15 yards until Joao Mario brings him down. Gary Neville points out that Sanchez is playing far to deep to be influential. He is constantly ball-hunting, as he did at Arsenal when possessed by Messiah complex, thinking only he could make the difference. 8:27PM 41 min West Ham 0-0 Man Utd Minutes of sterile possession from Manchester United who lack pace or playmaking guile. In the end Pogba loses patience and flays a shot wide. 8:25PM 39 min West Ham 0-0 Man Utd Pogba takes the ball forward towards halfway, overruns it and tries to win it back by lunging with his right foot and fells Kouyate with a kick on the shin. Awful ball control. 8:23PM 37 min West Ham 0-0 Man Utd Arnautovic again does Smalling, sprinting towards him, gulling him to commit and then beats him to the byline. He pulls back a cross to the near post for Joao Mario who cannot adjust his feet to flick the ball on target but stabs it behind. 8:21PM 36 min West Ham 0-0 Man Utd Lingard takes the corner from the right with his right foot, swinging it out to the edge of the box and West Ham easily clear and break. Their corners have been feeble so far. 8:20PM 34 min West Ham 0-0 Man Utd Cute diagonal from Rice up to Arnautovic who has two United defenders between him and De Gea and claims Lindelof fouls him to stop him. The referee doesn't agree and United hare up the right with Valencia who earns a corner. 8:18PM 33 min West Ham 0-0 Man Utd Lanzini tracks all the way back to the left-back position to try to tackle Valencia who fouls him. David Moyes and his ball-attracting cardigan Credit: Action Images via Reuters/John Sibley 8:16PM 30 min West Ham 0-0 Man Utd Cresswell who is still enterprising even though he is playing on the left side of a back three supports the attack down the right and when the ball arcs through the box he traps it and lines up a shot from 25 yards that he catches sweetly but sends it skimming wide of the right post. 8:14PM 28 min West Ham 0-0 Man Utd Arnautovic spurts down the right and burns off Smalling. His run narrows the angle for the shot so he tries to compromise with a cross that United scramble behind for a corner from which West Ham are penalised for being too handy in the box. 8:13PM 26 min West Ham 0-0 Man Utd Pogba's battle with Kouyate is turning nice and spicy. Zabaleta is all arms and legs when the ball from Valencia's cross leaps awkwardly and caught him on the left forearm. The ref waves play on and he scrambles the ball behind for a corner that United waste once more and West Ham break. 8:11PM 24 min West Ham 0-0 Man Utd Shaw hits the post after Manchester United turn up the intensity, Adrian gets a vital touch to stop the left-back scoring his maiden United goal. It was appropriate that Adrian saved West Ham because his weak save from Sanchez's straight shot set up the chance for Shaw. West Ham vs Man Utd 8:08PM 23 min West Ham 0-0 Man Utd From the goalkick, United win it back and Lingard has a dig from 25 yards that moves and dips but is too close to Adrian. 8:07PM 21 min West Ham 0-0 Man Utd Ogbonna blocks Shaw's low cross through the West Ham box. It's another low cross from Shaw which may be deliberate given the diddy nature of Sanchez and Lingard, though the former is a beast in the air. The ball ricochets to a spot about 25 yards out and McTominay is first to it an d fires a swerving shot wide. 8:05PM 19 min West Ham 0-0 Man Utd Free-kick, 40-yards out, too close to Adrian. United were dreadful at Brighton and are pretty terrible so far tonight. 8:03PM 16 min West Ham 0-0 Man Utd Sanchez and Pogba combine to go on a dribble apiece up the inside-right channel but lose the ball. Arnautovic gives them another opportunity with a foul. 8:02PM 13 min West Ham 0-0 Man Utd Manchester United doze when they take the corner and West Ham break sharply up the left. Lindelof comes out of the middle, Valencia hares back but Cresswell manages to get the cross in that bounces awkwardly through the box. Arnautovic arrives at the back post, too soon to meet the deflected flight of the ball perfectly and he has to crane his body backwards to improvise a finish that he can't get on target. 7:57PM 11 min West Ham 0-0 Man Utd Pogba gambols down the left, heads for the byline but Zabaleta slides in, misses with his leading foot then improvises to hook it behind with his left. United have a corner, which they waste with a shoddy delivery. 7:56PM 9 min West Ham 0-0 Man Utd It might be the positioning of the microphones, or the fact United's away fans habitually make more noise than their home ones, but it's only them you can hear. Lingard is dragged back by Joao Mario, who put an arm on his biceps as he writhed past. Lingard went down as if he'd had his legs whacked behind the knees with a thick walking cane. 7:53PM 7 min West Ham 0-0 Man Utd David Moyes is wearing a claret cardigan, the ind a Smiths' fan would have worn to Fresher's Week in 1986. Is he trying to do for the cardi what Rafa Benitez has done for the waistcoat. Arnautovic wriggles free of Herrera and strides towards the box. He tries to surprise De Gea with an early shot but toe-pokes it straight down the keeper's throat. 7:51PM 5 min West Ham 0-0 Man Utd Pogba sprays a pass out to Shaw on the overlap and he crosses low first-time on the run but its trajectory bends it away from Sanchez's run and Masuaku intercepts. 7:50PM 4 min West Ham 0-0 Man Utd Not a great deal of urgency so far or precision in the passing. Both sides making the kind of milky starts that have bedevilled their seasons. 7:48PM 2 min West Ham 0-0 Man Utd Kouyate snaps into a tackle and wins the ball off Pogba but Manchester United press hard to force their opponents backwards to pass it around in their half until they lose possession when they cross halfway. Joao Mario loses the 40-60 pass. 7:47PM 1 min West Ham 0-0 Man Utd Manchester United in their tin foil kit kick off as the bubbles swirl around the Olympic Stadium. Lingard chases a ball up the right from Valencia but Adrian gets to it first. When Manchester United try the same again Ogbonna heads it clear. 7:43PM Out come the teams Patrice Evra renews auld acquaintance with some of those vertical arm-wrestle position-style slappy handshakes. 7:40PM David Moyes speaks, too We pick up where we left off against Leicester. At home we’ve always got a chance, and hopefully this evening we can show that. We passed the ball well on Saturday, made quite a few openings. We didn’t make the most of all of them. Let’s hope we can take them tonight. 7:39PM Jose Mourinho speaks We need a point. We have two matches, but hopefully we can do it today. Are we going to play for the point? No. We’re going to try to win. But we have a clear objective, which is to finish second. And to finish second, we need a point. 7:33PM Enormous excitement From Sky, who are treating it like a Championship match. Fifteen minutes build-up and straight into it. Let's hope it catches on. 7:02PM Those teams in black and white West Ham Adrian; Rice, Ogbonna, Cresswell; Zabaleta, Kouyate, Noble, Masuaku; Joao Mario, Lanzini; Arnautovic. Substitutes Hart, Evra, Obiang, Fernandes, Cullen, Carroll, Hugill. Jose Mourinho makes eight changes to Manchester United's starting XI after last Friday's defeat by Brighton Credit: Steve Bardens/Getty Images Man Utd: De Gea; Lindelof, Smalling, Jones; Valencia, Herrera, McTominay, Shaw; Lingard, Pogba; Sanchez. Substitutes Romero, Bailly, Blind, Young, Mata, Martial, Rashford. Referee Jonathan Moss (Horsforth) 6:54PM Man Utd switch formations And make eight changes. 8⃣ changes to tonight's #MUFC starting XI... #WHUMUNpic.twitter.com/ztLylXt6At— Manchester United (@ManUtd) May 10, 2018 6:53PM West Ham are unchanged We're unchanged, with Hart back in the squad after recovering from illness. pic.twitter.com/Bz6khYpD9X— West Ham United (@WestHamUtd) May 10, 2018 6:52PM Good evening A point tonight for Manchester United at West Ham United would guarantee a second place finish for them in the Premier League for the first time since 2012 and hence, their highest position since the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson after winning their 20th title in 2013. It has, at least in the Premier League era, proved a fine staging post for top spot the following season - in fact the equivalent of Everest's camp four rather than base camp - as they went on to win the title the season after they were runners-up on each of the last six occasions (1992, 1995, 1998, 2006, 2010 and 2012) but didn't manage it the last three times they were second in the old League Division One (1968, 1980 and 1988). Omen or coincidence? Let's not have a heated debate. West Ham have enjoyed wazzing on United's chips in the past - most notably the 'obscene' victory in 1992 and Ludek Miklosko defying Andy Cole to earn a point that helped Blackburn to the title in 1995 - but their recent record at home, the raucous triumph in their final game at Upton Park two years ago when Michail Antonio and Winston Reid turned it round with a few minutes to go, has been painful. Brian McClair on Sir Alex Ferguson What can we expect tonight? While there's relief that they are now safe from the threat of relegation it is no panacea for solving West Ham's problems, the disconnect between those who love the club and those who own it, the loss of identity, terroir and a clear, coherent vision of what the club means, what it's for, that had sustained it since 1895. It's not presumptuous or hubristic for fans not to want Sam Allardyce or David Moyes. Pragmatism appeals to owners but fans see it for what it is: self-limiting. They want commitment, passion, style, not conservative football that's anathema to their ideal of what the club is and the values for which it has always stood. And that is precisely Manchester United's fans' predicament too, albeit at a more rarefied level. Who knows if there will be any signs of a brighter, more appropriate future for both sides tonight.
Passions run high after Paul Pogba and Mark Noble go toe to toe as Man Utd secure second place
Unable or unwilling to give one another a game, these two tired defensive teams did at least provide us all with a fight when Mark Noble briefly lost the plot and squared up to Paul Pogba, in a moment of aggravation as unexpected as a scrap in a quiet country pub. Before then, two five-man defences had faced off in a game of little ambition involving a Jose Mourinho masterplan which involved expending the minimum energy for the return of a single point. That was the minimum the Manchester United manager said that he had come for to ensure that the last game of the season at Old Trafford could run smoothly with second place already secured. It had been going to plan for Mourinho with precious little of note having happened when, with three minutes of the regulation 90 to go, Pogba fouled Cheikhou Kouyate, Noble fouled Pogba, Pogba reciprocated and within seconds it had escalated surprisingly. The West Ham captain was giving away around a foot in height when he went chest-to-chest with his opponent but it did not stop him grabbing the Frenchman’s face, as if he was going to try to scale him rather than fight him. It should have been a red card for the West Ham captain, and Pogba, for all the sneakiness of the foul that had preceded it, did well to keep his cool, perhaps with the FA Cup final a week on Saturday in mind. The referee, Jonathan Moss, instead took the easy route out and booked both of them and, at the final whistle, Noble went over to make peace with an expression of mild embarrassment. There could yet be a Football Association charge for substitute Andy Carroll who came in the second wave and might even have thrown a punch at Luke Shaw, although he escaped any punishment on the night. Mark Noble grabs Paul Pogba by the neck Credit: REUTERS It had so nearly been one of those nights when nothing happens, and no-one seemed to care, when two teams were content to defend and the game ebbed away into moves that went nowhere. When it came to the fight Mourinho was indifferent, saying that from what he had seen of the replays, “it looks like Paul and Noble are in love – hugs and kisses and changing shirts”. All he cared about was the point to ensure second place and the careful husbanding of resources ahead of the Cup final against Chelsea that will do much to define his season. It was for that reason he was making defensive substitutions in the last few minutes of a game, breaking up the rhythm of a match that barely had any rhythm in the first place. “Any team that goes to this kind match where you need something to get some objective, you fight for that,” Mourinho said. “The best way to fight for the point was to try to win the match and be safe, which was what we tried. Luke Shaw returned to the Manchester United starting XI but with little impact Credit: Action Images “But when the game goes to 70, 75 minutes, you don’t win, you don’t lose, you do the job. You get the point. You finish second and you can face the game on Sunday with a different perspective. We deserved a point, we deserved second position. When it is not possible to be champions, second position is the best available which was what we got.” He will play Sergio Romero in goal against Watford and Michael Carrick will captain the team in the last game of his playing career before he joins the coaching staff at Old Trafford. Then it will be about the long run-in to the FA Cup final a week on Saturday which, after a season when they have trailed far behind Manchester City, will sound a different note. It was not helped by the indifference with which the crowd regarded this final match of the season at the unloved stadium, where another mediocre Premier League campaign ends not so much with a whimper as a sigh. The away fans sang that it was the “worst f------ ground we’ve ever seen” and they got little dissent from the home fans, some of whom seemed even to be applauding them. The final week sweep-up of all those games that should have happened at other times is often a painful exercise in who-cares, but this one seemed particularly poignant falling on the second anniversary of the last game at Upton Park. It was the same two teams that contested that epic goodbye that started with Jesse Lingard Snapchatting the attack on the away team bus and ended with a rattling good comeback and a 3-2 West Ham win that no-one was expecting. David Moyes praised his players for their performances. “If we couldn’t get three points than we were going to make sure we got one,” he said – it was that kind of night. Moyes said he thought little of the fight itself. “It had never been that type of game,” he said. “It came out of nowhere.” Marko Arnautovic did his best and was better when Carroll joined him in attack in the second half. The goalkeeper Adrian denied Alexis Sanchez and Lingard twice, also pushing Shaw’s drive onto the post. It was the fight that people will remember of this night, if they remember anything at all. 9:45PM What a difference five minutes make The two midfielders embrace more warmly at full-time Credit: AP Photo/Alastair Grant 9:39PM Well, this isn't very pleasant Noble shoves his hand into Pogba's face with force Credit: REUTERS/David Klein First Noble goes for the ear and then the mouth. What a curious assault Credit: REUTERS/David Klein 9:37PM Full time Manchester United earn the point they needed to secure second place after a cautious and at times tedious encounter. 9:36PM 90+4 min West Ham 0-0 Man Utd Man Utd make their last substitution: Bailly on for Valencia. 9:35PM 90+3 min West Ham 0-0 Man Utd Luke Shaw has turned his ankle. 9:35PM 90+2 min West Ham 0-0 Man Utd Rashford is caught offside. The replay of Noble's aggressive swipe to the face would argue that he deserved something more severe than a yellow. Lucky boy and because he was booked, it cannot be revisited. 9:33PM 90+1 min Ashley Young replaces Alexis Sanchez. 9:33PM 90 min West Ham 0-0 Man Utd Lindelof jumps into Carroll and concedes a free-kick, 22 yarsd out, left of centre. Lanzini takes and spoons it over the bar. Three minutes will be added on. 9:32PM 89 min West Ham 0-0 Man Utd Both are booked. Typical, the game sparks into life after 87 dull minutes and now there's no time left. 9:31PM 87 min West Ham 0-0 Man Utd At last, a ding-dong. Noble shoves Pogba after Pogba's trip on him. Noble had slid in to try to foul Pogba, missed so the France midfielder went for him. The two got in each other's faces and Noble put his hands in Pogba's face. Carroll flies into shove Pogba away and then out come the handbags. 9:27PM 85 min West Ham 0-0 Man Utd Mark Noble, with memories of Saturday's pearler fresh, whacks a 25-yarder over the bar, high, wide and hideous. 9:25PM 83 min West Ham 0-0 Man Utd Carroll lofts a sand-wedge pass with his left foot over the United midfield for Arnautovic to chase. He gets there before Lindelof, waits for Carroll's run into the box then pings a cross to the far post that Shaw, gallantly, wins with a backheader despite feeling the fire of Carroll's breath on his neck. 9:22PM 81 min West Ham 0-0 Man Utd Noble picks out Arnautovic's run with a sumptuous 35-yard arced pass. Arnautovic hits the dropping ball first time with a left-foot volley that trims the side netting. 9:20PM 79 min West Ham 0-0 Man Utd McTominay and Valencia combine on the right and the midfielder crosses deep where Rice wins the header. No poise. No precision. All muddle. 9:19PM 77 min West Ham 0-0 Man Utd Zabaleta hounds Shaw out of possession and Jones his to bail his team-mate out with a tackle. 9:17PM 75 min West Ham 0-0 Man Utd Kouyate jogs back on after treatment following a sack-of-spuds like fall during an aerial battle with Pogba. 9:16PM 74 min West Ham 0-0 Man Utd Manchester United substitution: Jesse Lingard off; Marcus Rashford on. 9:15PM 72 min West Ham 0-0 Man Utd Sanchez dribbles through the box, herded left by Ogbonna and Noble until he gets to the byline. Once there his quick feet turn Noble and he rolls a pass back to Pogba who tries a right-foot curler that starts on the right path but doesn't turn in enough to hit the target. Miss: West Ham 0 - 0 Man Utd (Paul Pogba, 71 min) 9:12PM 70 min West Ham 0-0 Man Utd Zabaleta and Kouyate team up to dispossess Lingard and storm forward but they run out of space and resort to a hit and hope cross into the box. Lindelof shields Arnautovic from the ball. 9:10PM 68 min West Ham 0-0 Man Utd Sanchez takes a corner after Shaw's cross is blocked. He stands it up for Smalling to head ... wide. 9:08PM 66 min West Ham 0-0 Man Utd West Ham substitution: Andy Carroll comes on for Masuaku. 9:06PM 64 min West Ham 0-0 Man Utd Good cross on the run from Valencia wide on the right towards the back post whither Pogba had made a clever run. Up he climbs to meet it but steers it wide. Miss: West Ham 0 - 0 Man Utd (Paul Pogba, 62 min) 9:04PM 62 min West Ham 0-0 Man Utd Arnautovic wakes the Irons fans from their slumber by tearing on a diagonal in-to-out run through the United box. Jones dives in but misses and Arnautovic bullocks round him. Jones, though, tenaciously gets up and blocks the intended cut-back for Lanzini and United regroup. 9:02PM 60 min West Ham 0-0 Man Utd Noble chips a 40-yard pass into the box for Arnautovic. Smalling comes over the top, holding on, to win the header. Arnautovic protests but the referee isn't having it. 9:00PM 57 min West Ham 0-0 Man Utd West Ham free-kick on the right, arced towards Kouyate at the back post. McTominay uses his strength and positioning to hold him off and shepherd the ball out for a throw. Join the club, Jose! Credit: DAVID KLEIN/REUTERS 8:58PM 55 min West Ham 0-0 Man Utd Lingard plays a one-two with Pogba. The West Ham defenders melt back towards goal, inviting him to shoot. He RSVPs in the affirmative and drills a shot that Adrian doesn't have to move to grasp as easy as pie. 8:55PM 53 min West Ham 0-0 Man Utd Do you remember Jorge Valdano, then of Real Madrid, calling Liverpool vs Chelsea in 2005 's--- on a stick' football? I'd like to hear what he thinks of this garbage. 8:54PM 51 min West Ham 0-0 Man Utd Pogba, 25 yards out, looks to lay it off to Shaw on the overlap, takes the opportunity to switch it on to his right then scuds a shot that is deflected and decelerated. 8:52PM 49 min West Ham 0-0 Man Utd Lingard with another of his abject corners that doesn't clear the West Ham near-post sentry. From the clearance Pogba works it out to Sanchez on the left of the box, parallel with the posts and draws Adrian out of goal. Sanchez switches it on to his right and tries to bend it in at the far post but there are too many West Ham defenders and they hustle it clear. 8:50PM 48 min West Ham 0-0 Man Utd Pogba cuts in from the left, slips a pass in to Lingard's feet and he dribbles towards goal on a diagonal path before skelping a right-foot shot that is deflected behind. 8:48PM 46 min West Ham 0-0 Man Utd 'Pogba plays like the team are 3-0 up,' says Gary Neville as we continue where we left off, ball pinging around a heavily congested middle third. 8:41PM Half time West Ham 0-0 Man Utd Here are the shot counts and paths ... West Ham vs Man Utd shots on goal ... the possession stats ... Possession: West Ham vs Man Utd ... and the weighted average touch positions which show Herrera as Man Utd's hub. Average touch positions (half time) 8:36PM Half time West Ham 0-0 Man Utd The half ends with Lingard's shot. United have had a few digs from distance and created their best chance for Shaw but their play lacks a cutting edge and a swagger. West Ham look dangerous on the break but once again it's one of those Premier League games that if you don't have your heart invested in either side you'd not give it your full attention. Too much insipid passing and mass defending. Pace and incisiveness would be a welcome addition in the second-half. 8:32PM 45 min West Ham 0-0 Man Utd Kouyate fouls Sanchez 40 yards out, to emphasise Gary Neville's point. They take it short and Lingard thrashes a shot with his laces from 25 yards, left of the D, that swerves and dips. Adrian, his feet in the wring starting position, adjusts smartly to push it wide. 8:30PM 43 min West Ham 0-0 Man Utd Sanchez picks up the ball on halfway and runs 15 yards until Joao Mario brings him down. Gary Neville points out that Sanchez is playing far to deep to be influential. He is constantly ball-hunting, as he did at Arsenal when possessed by Messiah complex, thinking only he could make the difference. 8:27PM 41 min West Ham 0-0 Man Utd Minutes of sterile possession from Manchester United who lack pace or playmaking guile. In the end Pogba loses patience and flays a shot wide. 8:25PM 39 min West Ham 0-0 Man Utd Pogba takes the ball forward towards halfway, overruns it and tries to win it back by lunging with his right foot and fells Kouyate with a kick on the shin. Awful ball control. 8:23PM 37 min West Ham 0-0 Man Utd Arnautovic again does Smalling, sprinting towards him, gulling him to commit and then beats him to the byline. He pulls back a cross to the near post for Joao Mario who cannot adjust his feet to flick the ball on target but stabs it behind. 8:21PM 36 min West Ham 0-0 Man Utd Lingard takes the corner from the right with his right foot, swinging it out to the edge of the box and West Ham easily clear and break. Their corners have been feeble so far. 8:20PM 34 min West Ham 0-0 Man Utd Cute diagonal from Rice up to Arnautovic who has two United defenders between him and De Gea and claims Lindelof fouls him to stop him. The referee doesn't agree and United hare up the right with Valencia who earns a corner. 8:18PM 33 min West Ham 0-0 Man Utd Lanzini tracks all the way back to the left-back position to try to tackle Valencia who fouls him. David Moyes and his ball-attracting cardigan Credit: Action Images via Reuters/John Sibley 8:16PM 30 min West Ham 0-0 Man Utd Cresswell who is still enterprising even though he is playing on the left side of a back three supports the attack down the right and when the ball arcs through the box he traps it and lines up a shot from 25 yards that he catches sweetly but sends it skimming wide of the right post. 8:14PM 28 min West Ham 0-0 Man Utd Arnautovic spurts down the right and burns off Smalling. His run narrows the angle for the shot so he tries to compromise with a cross that United scramble behind for a corner from which West Ham are penalised for being too handy in the box. 8:13PM 26 min West Ham 0-0 Man Utd Pogba's battle with Kouyate is turning nice and spicy. Zabaleta is all arms and legs when the ball from Valencia's cross leaps awkwardly and caught him on the left forearm. The ref waves play on and he scrambles the ball behind for a corner that United waste once more and West Ham break. 8:11PM 24 min West Ham 0-0 Man Utd Shaw hits the post after Manchester United turn up the intensity, Adrian gets a vital touch to stop the left-back scoring his maiden United goal. It was appropriate that Adrian saved West Ham because his weak save from Sanchez's straight shot set up the chance for Shaw. West Ham vs Man Utd 8:08PM 23 min West Ham 0-0 Man Utd From the goalkick, United win it back and Lingard has a dig from 25 yards that moves and dips but is too close to Adrian. 8:07PM 21 min West Ham 0-0 Man Utd Ogbonna blocks Shaw's low cross through the West Ham box. It's another low cross from Shaw which may be deliberate given the diddy nature of Sanchez and Lingard, though the former is a beast in the air. The ball ricochets to a spot about 25 yards out and McTominay is first to it an d fires a swerving shot wide. 8:05PM 19 min West Ham 0-0 Man Utd Free-kick, 40-yards out, too close to Adrian. United were dreadful at Brighton and are pretty terrible so far tonight. 8:03PM 16 min West Ham 0-0 Man Utd Sanchez and Pogba combine to go on a dribble apiece up the inside-right channel but lose the ball. Arnautovic gives them another opportunity with a foul. 8:02PM 13 min West Ham 0-0 Man Utd Manchester United doze when they take the corner and West Ham break sharply up the left. Lindelof comes out of the middle, Valencia hares back but Cresswell manages to get the cross in that bounces awkwardly through the box. Arnautovic arrives at the back post, too soon to meet the deflected flight of the ball perfectly and he has to crane his body backwards to improvise a finish that he can't get on target. 7:57PM 11 min West Ham 0-0 Man Utd Pogba gambols down the left, heads for the byline but Zabaleta slides in, misses with his leading foot then improvises to hook it behind with his left. United have a corner, which they waste with a shoddy delivery. 7:56PM 9 min West Ham 0-0 Man Utd It might be the positioning of the microphones, or the fact United's away fans habitually make more noise than their home ones, but it's only them you can hear. Lingard is dragged back by Joao Mario, who put an arm on his biceps as he writhed past. Lingard went down as if he'd had his legs whacked behind the knees with a thick walking cane. 7:53PM 7 min West Ham 0-0 Man Utd David Moyes is wearing a claret cardigan, the ind a Smiths' fan would have worn to Fresher's Week in 1986. Is he trying to do for the cardi what Rafa Benitez has done for the waistcoat. Arnautovic wriggles free of Herrera and strides towards the box. He tries to surprise De Gea with an early shot but toe-pokes it straight down the keeper's throat. 7:51PM 5 min West Ham 0-0 Man Utd Pogba sprays a pass out to Shaw on the overlap and he crosses low first-time on the run but its trajectory bends it away from Sanchez's run and Masuaku intercepts. 7:50PM 4 min West Ham 0-0 Man Utd Not a great deal of urgency so far or precision in the passing. Both sides making the kind of milky starts that have bedevilled their seasons. 7:48PM 2 min West Ham 0-0 Man Utd Kouyate snaps into a tackle and wins the ball off Pogba but Manchester United press hard to force their opponents backwards to pass it around in their half until they lose possession when they cross halfway. Joao Mario loses the 40-60 pass. 7:47PM 1 min West Ham 0-0 Man Utd Manchester United in their tin foil kit kick off as the bubbles swirl around the Olympic Stadium. Lingard chases a ball up the right from Valencia but Adrian gets to it first. When Manchester United try the same again Ogbonna heads it clear. 7:43PM Out come the teams Patrice Evra renews auld acquaintance with some of those vertical arm-wrestle position-style slappy handshakes. 7:40PM David Moyes speaks, too We pick up where we left off against Leicester. At home we’ve always got a chance, and hopefully this evening we can show that. We passed the ball well on Saturday, made quite a few openings. We didn’t make the most of all of them. Let’s hope we can take them tonight. 7:39PM Jose Mourinho speaks We need a point. We have two matches, but hopefully we can do it today. Are we going to play for the point? No. We’re going to try to win. But we have a clear objective, which is to finish second. And to finish second, we need a point. 7:33PM Enormous excitement From Sky, who are treating it like a Championship match. Fifteen minutes build-up and straight into it. Let's hope it catches on. 7:02PM Those teams in black and white West Ham Adrian; Rice, Ogbonna, Cresswell; Zabaleta, Kouyate, Noble, Masuaku; Joao Mario, Lanzini; Arnautovic. Substitutes Hart, Evra, Obiang, Fernandes, Cullen, Carroll, Hugill. Jose Mourinho makes eight changes to Manchester United's starting XI after last Friday's defeat by Brighton Credit: Steve Bardens/Getty Images Man Utd: De Gea; Lindelof, Smalling, Jones; Valencia, Herrera, McTominay, Shaw; Lingard, Pogba; Sanchez. Substitutes Romero, Bailly, Blind, Young, Mata, Martial, Rashford. Referee Jonathan Moss (Horsforth) 6:54PM Man Utd switch formations And make eight changes. 8⃣ changes to tonight's #MUFC starting XI... #WHUMUNpic.twitter.com/ztLylXt6At— Manchester United (@ManUtd) May 10, 2018 6:53PM West Ham are unchanged We're unchanged, with Hart back in the squad after recovering from illness. pic.twitter.com/Bz6khYpD9X— West Ham United (@WestHamUtd) May 10, 2018 6:52PM Good evening A point tonight for Manchester United at West Ham United would guarantee a second place finish for them in the Premier League for the first time since 2012 and hence, their highest position since the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson after winning their 20th title in 2013. It has, at least in the Premier League era, proved a fine staging post for top spot the following season - in fact the equivalent of Everest's camp four rather than base camp - as they went on to win the title the season after they were runners-up on each of the last six occasions (1992, 1995, 1998, 2006, 2010 and 2012) but didn't manage it the last three times they were second in the old League Division One (1968, 1980 and 1988). Omen or coincidence? Let's not have a heated debate. West Ham have enjoyed wazzing on United's chips in the past - most notably the 'obscene' victory in 1992 and Ludek Miklosko defying Andy Cole to earn a point that helped Blackburn to the title in 1995 - but their recent record at home, the raucous triumph in their final game at Upton Park two years ago when Michail Antonio and Winston Reid turned it round with a few minutes to go, has been painful. Brian McClair on Sir Alex Ferguson What can we expect tonight? While there's relief that they are now safe from the threat of relegation it is no panacea for solving West Ham's problems, the disconnect between those who love the club and those who own it, the loss of identity, terroir and a clear, coherent vision of what the club means, what it's for, that had sustained it since 1895. It's not presumptuous or hubristic for fans not to want Sam Allardyce or David Moyes. Pragmatism appeals to owners but fans see it for what it is: self-limiting. They want commitment, passion, style, not conservative football that's anathema to their ideal of what the club is and the values for which it has always stood. And that is precisely Manchester United's fans' predicament too, albeit at a more rarefied level. Who knows if there will be any signs of a brighter, more appropriate future for both sides tonight.
Unable or unwilling to give one another a game, these two tired defensive teams did at least provide us all with a fight when Mark Noble briefly lost the plot and squared up to Paul Pogba, in a moment of aggravation as unexpected as a scrap in a quiet country pub. Before then, two five-man defences had faced off in a game of little ambition involving a Jose Mourinho masterplan which involved expending the minimum energy for the return of a single point. That was the minimum the Manchester United manager said that he had come for to ensure that the last game of the season at Old Trafford could run smoothly with second place already secured. It had been going to plan for Mourinho with precious little of note having happened when, with three minutes of the regulation 90 to go, Pogba fouled Cheikhou Kouyate, Noble fouled Pogba, Pogba reciprocated and within seconds it had escalated surprisingly. The West Ham captain was giving away around a foot in height when he went chest-to-chest with his opponent but it did not stop him grabbing the Frenchman’s face, as if he was going to try to scale him rather than fight him. It should have been a red card for the West Ham captain, and Pogba, for all the sneakiness of the foul that had preceded it, did well to keep his cool, perhaps with the FA Cup final a week on Saturday in mind. The referee, Jonathan Moss, instead took the easy route out and booked both of them and, at the final whistle, Noble went over to make peace with an expression of mild embarrassment. There could yet be a Football Association charge for substitute Andy Carroll who came in the second wave and might even have thrown a punch at Luke Shaw, although he escaped any punishment on the night. Mark Noble grabs Paul Pogba by the neck Credit: REUTERS It had so nearly been one of those nights when nothing happens, and no-one seemed to care, when two teams were content to defend and the game ebbed away into moves that went nowhere. When it came to the fight Mourinho was indifferent, saying that from what he had seen of the replays, “it looks like Paul and Noble are in love – hugs and kisses and changing shirts”. All he cared about was the point to ensure second place and the careful husbanding of resources ahead of the Cup final against Chelsea that will do much to define his season. It was for that reason he was making defensive substitutions in the last few minutes of a game, breaking up the rhythm of a match that barely had any rhythm in the first place. “Any team that goes to this kind match where you need something to get some objective, you fight for that,” Mourinho said. “The best way to fight for the point was to try to win the match and be safe, which was what we tried. Luke Shaw returned to the Manchester United starting XI but with little impact Credit: Action Images “But when the game goes to 70, 75 minutes, you don’t win, you don’t lose, you do the job. You get the point. You finish second and you can face the game on Sunday with a different perspective. We deserved a point, we deserved second position. When it is not possible to be champions, second position is the best available which was what we got.” He will play Sergio Romero in goal against Watford and Michael Carrick will captain the team in the last game of his playing career before he joins the coaching staff at Old Trafford. Then it will be about the long run-in to the FA Cup final a week on Saturday which, after a season when they have trailed far behind Manchester City, will sound a different note. It was not helped by the indifference with which the crowd regarded this final match of the season at the unloved stadium, where another mediocre Premier League campaign ends not so much with a whimper as a sigh. The away fans sang that it was the “worst f------ ground we’ve ever seen” and they got little dissent from the home fans, some of whom seemed even to be applauding them. The final week sweep-up of all those games that should have happened at other times is often a painful exercise in who-cares, but this one seemed particularly poignant falling on the second anniversary of the last game at Upton Park. It was the same two teams that contested that epic goodbye that started with Jesse Lingard Snapchatting the attack on the away team bus and ended with a rattling good comeback and a 3-2 West Ham win that no-one was expecting. David Moyes praised his players for their performances. “If we couldn’t get three points than we were going to make sure we got one,” he said – it was that kind of night. Moyes said he thought little of the fight itself. “It had never been that type of game,” he said. “It came out of nowhere.” Marko Arnautovic did his best and was better when Carroll joined him in attack in the second half. The goalkeeper Adrian denied Alexis Sanchez and Lingard twice, also pushing Shaw’s drive onto the post. It was the fight that people will remember of this night, if they remember anything at all. 9:45PM What a difference five minutes make The two midfielders embrace more warmly at full-time Credit: AP Photo/Alastair Grant 9:39PM Well, this isn't very pleasant Noble shoves his hand into Pogba's face with force Credit: REUTERS/David Klein First Noble goes for the ear and then the mouth. What a curious assault Credit: REUTERS/David Klein 9:37PM Full time Manchester United earn the point they needed to secure second place after a cautious and at times tedious encounter. 9:36PM 90+4 min West Ham 0-0 Man Utd Man Utd make their last substitution: Bailly on for Valencia. 9:35PM 90+3 min West Ham 0-0 Man Utd Luke Shaw has turned his ankle. 9:35PM 90+2 min West Ham 0-0 Man Utd Rashford is caught offside. The replay of Noble's aggressive swipe to the face would argue that he deserved something more severe than a yellow. Lucky boy and because he was booked, it cannot be revisited. 9:33PM 90+1 min Ashley Young replaces Alexis Sanchez. 9:33PM 90 min West Ham 0-0 Man Utd Lindelof jumps into Carroll and concedes a free-kick, 22 yarsd out, left of centre. Lanzini takes and spoons it over the bar. Three minutes will be added on. 9:32PM 89 min West Ham 0-0 Man Utd Both are booked. Typical, the game sparks into life after 87 dull minutes and now there's no time left. 9:31PM 87 min West Ham 0-0 Man Utd At last, a ding-dong. Noble shoves Pogba after Pogba's trip on him. Noble had slid in to try to foul Pogba, missed so the France midfielder went for him. The two got in each other's faces and Noble put his hands in Pogba's face. Carroll flies into shove Pogba away and then out come the handbags. 9:27PM 85 min West Ham 0-0 Man Utd Mark Noble, with memories of Saturday's pearler fresh, whacks a 25-yarder over the bar, high, wide and hideous. 9:25PM 83 min West Ham 0-0 Man Utd Carroll lofts a sand-wedge pass with his left foot over the United midfield for Arnautovic to chase. He gets there before Lindelof, waits for Carroll's run into the box then pings a cross to the far post that Shaw, gallantly, wins with a backheader despite feeling the fire of Carroll's breath on his neck. 9:22PM 81 min West Ham 0-0 Man Utd Noble picks out Arnautovic's run with a sumptuous 35-yard arced pass. Arnautovic hits the dropping ball first time with a left-foot volley that trims the side netting. 9:20PM 79 min West Ham 0-0 Man Utd McTominay and Valencia combine on the right and the midfielder crosses deep where Rice wins the header. No poise. No precision. All muddle. 9:19PM 77 min West Ham 0-0 Man Utd Zabaleta hounds Shaw out of possession and Jones his to bail his team-mate out with a tackle. 9:17PM 75 min West Ham 0-0 Man Utd Kouyate jogs back on after treatment following a sack-of-spuds like fall during an aerial battle with Pogba. 9:16PM 74 min West Ham 0-0 Man Utd Manchester United substitution: Jesse Lingard off; Marcus Rashford on. 9:15PM 72 min West Ham 0-0 Man Utd Sanchez dribbles through the box, herded left by Ogbonna and Noble until he gets to the byline. Once there his quick feet turn Noble and he rolls a pass back to Pogba who tries a right-foot curler that starts on the right path but doesn't turn in enough to hit the target. Miss: West Ham 0 - 0 Man Utd (Paul Pogba, 71 min) 9:12PM 70 min West Ham 0-0 Man Utd Zabaleta and Kouyate team up to dispossess Lingard and storm forward but they run out of space and resort to a hit and hope cross into the box. Lindelof shields Arnautovic from the ball. 9:10PM 68 min West Ham 0-0 Man Utd Sanchez takes a corner after Shaw's cross is blocked. He stands it up for Smalling to head ... wide. 9:08PM 66 min West Ham 0-0 Man Utd West Ham substitution: Andy Carroll comes on for Masuaku. 9:06PM 64 min West Ham 0-0 Man Utd Good cross on the run from Valencia wide on the right towards the back post whither Pogba had made a clever run. Up he climbs to meet it but steers it wide. Miss: West Ham 0 - 0 Man Utd (Paul Pogba, 62 min) 9:04PM 62 min West Ham 0-0 Man Utd Arnautovic wakes the Irons fans from their slumber by tearing on a diagonal in-to-out run through the United box. Jones dives in but misses and Arnautovic bullocks round him. Jones, though, tenaciously gets up and blocks the intended cut-back for Lanzini and United regroup. 9:02PM 60 min West Ham 0-0 Man Utd Noble chips a 40-yard pass into the box for Arnautovic. Smalling comes over the top, holding on, to win the header. Arnautovic protests but the referee isn't having it. 9:00PM 57 min West Ham 0-0 Man Utd West Ham free-kick on the right, arced towards Kouyate at the back post. McTominay uses his strength and positioning to hold him off and shepherd the ball out for a throw. Join the club, Jose! Credit: DAVID KLEIN/REUTERS 8:58PM 55 min West Ham 0-0 Man Utd Lingard plays a one-two with Pogba. The West Ham defenders melt back towards goal, inviting him to shoot. He RSVPs in the affirmative and drills a shot that Adrian doesn't have to move to grasp as easy as pie. 8:55PM 53 min West Ham 0-0 Man Utd Do you remember Jorge Valdano, then of Real Madrid, calling Liverpool vs Chelsea in 2005 's--- on a stick' football? I'd like to hear what he thinks of this garbage. 8:54PM 51 min West Ham 0-0 Man Utd Pogba, 25 yards out, looks to lay it off to Shaw on the overlap, takes the opportunity to switch it on to his right then scuds a shot that is deflected and decelerated. 8:52PM 49 min West Ham 0-0 Man Utd Lingard with another of his abject corners that doesn't clear the West Ham near-post sentry. From the clearance Pogba works it out to Sanchez on the left of the box, parallel with the posts and draws Adrian out of goal. Sanchez switches it on to his right and tries to bend it in at the far post but there are too many West Ham defenders and they hustle it clear. 8:50PM 48 min West Ham 0-0 Man Utd Pogba cuts in from the left, slips a pass in to Lingard's feet and he dribbles towards goal on a diagonal path before skelping a right-foot shot that is deflected behind. 8:48PM 46 min West Ham 0-0 Man Utd 'Pogba plays like the team are 3-0 up,' says Gary Neville as we continue where we left off, ball pinging around a heavily congested middle third. 8:41PM Half time West Ham 0-0 Man Utd Here are the shot counts and paths ... West Ham vs Man Utd shots on goal ... the possession stats ... Possession: West Ham vs Man Utd ... and the weighted average touch positions which show Herrera as Man Utd's hub. Average touch positions (half time) 8:36PM Half time West Ham 0-0 Man Utd The half ends with Lingard's shot. United have had a few digs from distance and created their best chance for Shaw but their play lacks a cutting edge and a swagger. West Ham look dangerous on the break but once again it's one of those Premier League games that if you don't have your heart invested in either side you'd not give it your full attention. Too much insipid passing and mass defending. Pace and incisiveness would be a welcome addition in the second-half. 8:32PM 45 min West Ham 0-0 Man Utd Kouyate fouls Sanchez 40 yards out, to emphasise Gary Neville's point. They take it short and Lingard thrashes a shot with his laces from 25 yards, left of the D, that swerves and dips. Adrian, his feet in the wring starting position, adjusts smartly to push it wide. 8:30PM 43 min West Ham 0-0 Man Utd Sanchez picks up the ball on halfway and runs 15 yards until Joao Mario brings him down. Gary Neville points out that Sanchez is playing far to deep to be influential. He is constantly ball-hunting, as he did at Arsenal when possessed by Messiah complex, thinking only he could make the difference. 8:27PM 41 min West Ham 0-0 Man Utd Minutes of sterile possession from Manchester United who lack pace or playmaking guile. In the end Pogba loses patience and flays a shot wide. 8:25PM 39 min West Ham 0-0 Man Utd Pogba takes the ball forward towards halfway, overruns it and tries to win it back by lunging with his right foot and fells Kouyate with a kick on the shin. Awful ball control. 8:23PM 37 min West Ham 0-0 Man Utd Arnautovic again does Smalling, sprinting towards him, gulling him to commit and then beats him to the byline. He pulls back a cross to the near post for Joao Mario who cannot adjust his feet to flick the ball on target but stabs it behind. 8:21PM 36 min West Ham 0-0 Man Utd Lingard takes the corner from the right with his right foot, swinging it out to the edge of the box and West Ham easily clear and break. Their corners have been feeble so far. 8:20PM 34 min West Ham 0-0 Man Utd Cute diagonal from Rice up to Arnautovic who has two United defenders between him and De Gea and claims Lindelof fouls him to stop him. The referee doesn't agree and United hare up the right with Valencia who earns a corner. 8:18PM 33 min West Ham 0-0 Man Utd Lanzini tracks all the way back to the left-back position to try to tackle Valencia who fouls him. David Moyes and his ball-attracting cardigan Credit: Action Images via Reuters/John Sibley 8:16PM 30 min West Ham 0-0 Man Utd Cresswell who is still enterprising even though he is playing on the left side of a back three supports the attack down the right and when the ball arcs through the box he traps it and lines up a shot from 25 yards that he catches sweetly but sends it skimming wide of the right post. 8:14PM 28 min West Ham 0-0 Man Utd Arnautovic spurts down the right and burns off Smalling. His run narrows the angle for the shot so he tries to compromise with a cross that United scramble behind for a corner from which West Ham are penalised for being too handy in the box. 8:13PM 26 min West Ham 0-0 Man Utd Pogba's battle with Kouyate is turning nice and spicy. Zabaleta is all arms and legs when the ball from Valencia's cross leaps awkwardly and caught him on the left forearm. The ref waves play on and he scrambles the ball behind for a corner that United waste once more and West Ham break. 8:11PM 24 min West Ham 0-0 Man Utd Shaw hits the post after Manchester United turn up the intensity, Adrian gets a vital touch to stop the left-back scoring his maiden United goal. It was appropriate that Adrian saved West Ham because his weak save from Sanchez's straight shot set up the chance for Shaw. West Ham vs Man Utd 8:08PM 23 min West Ham 0-0 Man Utd From the goalkick, United win it back and Lingard has a dig from 25 yards that moves and dips but is too close to Adrian. 8:07PM 21 min West Ham 0-0 Man Utd Ogbonna blocks Shaw's low cross through the West Ham box. It's another low cross from Shaw which may be deliberate given the diddy nature of Sanchez and Lingard, though the former is a beast in the air. The ball ricochets to a spot about 25 yards out and McTominay is first to it an d fires a swerving shot wide. 8:05PM 19 min West Ham 0-0 Man Utd Free-kick, 40-yards out, too close to Adrian. United were dreadful at Brighton and are pretty terrible so far tonight. 8:03PM 16 min West Ham 0-0 Man Utd Sanchez and Pogba combine to go on a dribble apiece up the inside-right channel but lose the ball. Arnautovic gives them another opportunity with a foul. 8:02PM 13 min West Ham 0-0 Man Utd Manchester United doze when they take the corner and West Ham break sharply up the left. Lindelof comes out of the middle, Valencia hares back but Cresswell manages to get the cross in that bounces awkwardly through the box. Arnautovic arrives at the back post, too soon to meet the deflected flight of the ball perfectly and he has to crane his body backwards to improvise a finish that he can't get on target. 7:57PM 11 min West Ham 0-0 Man Utd Pogba gambols down the left, heads for the byline but Zabaleta slides in, misses with his leading foot then improvises to hook it behind with his left. United have a corner, which they waste with a shoddy delivery. 7:56PM 9 min West Ham 0-0 Man Utd It might be the positioning of the microphones, or the fact United's away fans habitually make more noise than their home ones, but it's only them you can hear. Lingard is dragged back by Joao Mario, who put an arm on his biceps as he writhed past. Lingard went down as if he'd had his legs whacked behind the knees with a thick walking cane. 7:53PM 7 min West Ham 0-0 Man Utd David Moyes is wearing a claret cardigan, the ind a Smiths' fan would have worn to Fresher's Week in 1986. Is he trying to do for the cardi what Rafa Benitez has done for the waistcoat. Arnautovic wriggles free of Herrera and strides towards the box. He tries to surprise De Gea with an early shot but toe-pokes it straight down the keeper's throat. 7:51PM 5 min West Ham 0-0 Man Utd Pogba sprays a pass out to Shaw on the overlap and he crosses low first-time on the run but its trajectory bends it away from Sanchez's run and Masuaku intercepts. 7:50PM 4 min West Ham 0-0 Man Utd Not a great deal of urgency so far or precision in the passing. Both sides making the kind of milky starts that have bedevilled their seasons. 7:48PM 2 min West Ham 0-0 Man Utd Kouyate snaps into a tackle and wins the ball off Pogba but Manchester United press hard to force their opponents backwards to pass it around in their half until they lose possession when they cross halfway. Joao Mario loses the 40-60 pass. 7:47PM 1 min West Ham 0-0 Man Utd Manchester United in their tin foil kit kick off as the bubbles swirl around the Olympic Stadium. Lingard chases a ball up the right from Valencia but Adrian gets to it first. When Manchester United try the same again Ogbonna heads it clear. 7:43PM Out come the teams Patrice Evra renews auld acquaintance with some of those vertical arm-wrestle position-style slappy handshakes. 7:40PM David Moyes speaks, too We pick up where we left off against Leicester. At home we’ve always got a chance, and hopefully this evening we can show that. We passed the ball well on Saturday, made quite a few openings. We didn’t make the most of all of them. Let’s hope we can take them tonight. 7:39PM Jose Mourinho speaks We need a point. We have two matches, but hopefully we can do it today. Are we going to play for the point? No. We’re going to try to win. But we have a clear objective, which is to finish second. And to finish second, we need a point. 7:33PM Enormous excitement From Sky, who are treating it like a Championship match. Fifteen minutes build-up and straight into it. Let's hope it catches on. 7:02PM Those teams in black and white West Ham Adrian; Rice, Ogbonna, Cresswell; Zabaleta, Kouyate, Noble, Masuaku; Joao Mario, Lanzini; Arnautovic. Substitutes Hart, Evra, Obiang, Fernandes, Cullen, Carroll, Hugill. Jose Mourinho makes eight changes to Manchester United's starting XI after last Friday's defeat by Brighton Credit: Steve Bardens/Getty Images Man Utd: De Gea; Lindelof, Smalling, Jones; Valencia, Herrera, McTominay, Shaw; Lingard, Pogba; Sanchez. Substitutes Romero, Bailly, Blind, Young, Mata, Martial, Rashford. Referee Jonathan Moss (Horsforth) 6:54PM Man Utd switch formations And make eight changes. 8⃣ changes to tonight's #MUFC starting XI... #WHUMUNpic.twitter.com/ztLylXt6At— Manchester United (@ManUtd) May 10, 2018 6:53PM West Ham are unchanged We're unchanged, with Hart back in the squad after recovering from illness. pic.twitter.com/Bz6khYpD9X— West Ham United (@WestHamUtd) May 10, 2018 6:52PM Good evening A point tonight for Manchester United at West Ham United would guarantee a second place finish for them in the Premier League for the first time since 2012 and hence, their highest position since the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson after winning their 20th title in 2013. It has, at least in the Premier League era, proved a fine staging post for top spot the following season - in fact the equivalent of Everest's camp four rather than base camp - as they went on to win the title the season after they were runners-up on each of the last six occasions (1992, 1995, 1998, 2006, 2010 and 2012) but didn't manage it the last three times they were second in the old League Division One (1968, 1980 and 1988). Omen or coincidence? Let's not have a heated debate. West Ham have enjoyed wazzing on United's chips in the past - most notably the 'obscene' victory in 1992 and Ludek Miklosko defying Andy Cole to earn a point that helped Blackburn to the title in 1995 - but their recent record at home, the raucous triumph in their final game at Upton Park two years ago when Michail Antonio and Winston Reid turned it round with a few minutes to go, has been painful. Brian McClair on Sir Alex Ferguson What can we expect tonight? While there's relief that they are now safe from the threat of relegation it is no panacea for solving West Ham's problems, the disconnect between those who love the club and those who own it, the loss of identity, terroir and a clear, coherent vision of what the club means, what it's for, that had sustained it since 1895. It's not presumptuous or hubristic for fans not to want Sam Allardyce or David Moyes. Pragmatism appeals to owners but fans see it for what it is: self-limiting. They want commitment, passion, style, not conservative football that's anathema to their ideal of what the club is and the values for which it has always stood. And that is precisely Manchester United's fans' predicament too, albeit at a more rarefied level. Who knows if there will be any signs of a brighter, more appropriate future for both sides tonight.