So after over 1200 games in charge, we finally reached the point where M. Arsene Wenger would be Arsenal FC boss for the last time. A goalfest in the sun would be perfect but some sneaky first away points of the year, acceptable.
Huddersfield pressed like terriers in the first twenty minutes without really creating a chance, except from dead balls. One particular goalmouth scramble saw David Ospina make his first close range block.
Two planes flew banners over the beautiful arches of the Huddersfield stadium and the 22nd minute of appreciative applause was well observed.
The Beast wasn’t sharp enough to poke home a near post flick-on from a corner before the first quality piece of football in the match produced Aubameyang’s mini record-breaking goal. Laca and Mkhi exchanged passes before setting Rambo free on the left. His outside of the boot driven cross was superbly anticipated by Auba sliding in on his derriere at the far post.
The second half saw even more huffing and puffing from Huddersfield but little quality. Twice as many ‘attempts’ on goal than us but with one fewer on target tells its own story.
Two glorious one on ones for the boys in charcoal grey and pink were both squandered by Laca and Welbz respectively. Laca chose to lob a keeper who carried on standing up and Danny really needed to stop and change the angle rather than continue on his weaker left.
Huddersfield had two last attempts at spoiling the Wenger party, one shot flicking off the top of the crossbar and Ospina keeping out a last gasp header at the second attempt.
Ospina – Probably did more than anyone else to ensure Arsene left with a victory … 7
Bellerin – Looked great in the Yorkshire sunshine … 6
Mustafi – Some decent challenges and blocks … 7
Holding – Will be interesting to see if the next manager can bring more out of Rob … 6
Kolasinac – Rampaging Berserker … 7
Ramsey – Flitted in and out like a delicate butterfly … 6
Xhaka – Great end of season, looking forward to him doing it all year … 7
Iwobi – Scampered around trying to find a crack … 7
Mkhitaryan – on the beach already … 6
Aubameyang – Became the fastest Arsenal player to reach 10 Prem goals, ultimately the match winner … 7
Lacazette – Will a new manager have Alexandre down the middle with PEA on the left? – hmmm … 7
Monreal – presumably came on to bolster the defence? … 6
Welbeck – created his one on one with a fine challenge but couldn’t find the coup de grace – 6
Maitland-Niles – came on, passed and tackled well … 6
So Arsene got the send off he deserves with the team finally winning three points away from home at last.
Curiously enough, the dolphins had long known of the impending demolition of Earth and had made many attempts to alert mankind to the danger. But most of their communications were misinterpreted as amusing attempts to punch footballs, or whistle for titbits, so they eventually gave up and left the Earth by their own means – shortly before the Vogons arrived. The last ever dolphin message was misinterpreted as a surprisingly sophisticated attempt to do a double backwards somersault through a hoop, whilst whistling the ‘Star-Spangled Banner’. But, in fact, the message was this “So long and thanks for all the fish”.