So we come to the end of a momentous season. Superb at home, dreadful away, nearly-men in the Europa, and about to be manager-less.
But let’s not look back just yet, let’s focus on this afternoon, just as Mr Wenger will. Can we finish with a win?
I cannot remember the last time all 3 promoted teams stayed up, can you? (without the help of Google!). A tiny club like Huddersfield avoiding the drop is a remarkable achievement. Huddersfield is a rugby town, home to Harold Wilson, There has been a settlement there for over 4,000 years and yet not since the ’30’s have they had any footballing success. HTFC have not been in the top tier since the early ’70’s. Promotion was huge, staying up is even bigger.
Given they needed points from their last 3 games which were MU, Chavs and AFC the Terriers seemed doomed but they did better at OT and the Bridge than we did – much better. Can they three-peat?
Herbert Chapman. Before AW without question HTFC & AFC’s most influential and successful manager. You know the rest … blah, blah blah Arsene Wenger.
Chambers Mustafi Monreal
M-N Xhaka Wilshire Kolasinac
Ozil injured (???) and the Big Bubble banned. This could be the final game in the shirt for a few of our players – Wilshire, Ospina and a couple more may be on their way out.
It is the time for change which is very exciting.
The focus will inevitably be upon Mr Wenger. I have written hundreds of posts and PM’s – all of which have featured Arsene. I have enormous respect for him and wish him well. The reception he was given at Leicester was spine-tingling, we can expect the same this afternoon.
A win would be great for a number of reasons; a final hurrah for Arsene, a better end of season party for the players, removing the inevitable media focus upon not winning an away match in 2018, and sending BR into the summer break with a smile on his face.
Thank you to those who have read my pre-matches throughout the season, they are usually fun to write.