Arsenal's player ratings for their first away win in 2018 against Huddersfield
The Gunners have finally secured their first away points in 2018. Both sides did not deserve to lose but Arsenal performed slightly better.
This was the Frenchman's unexpected final game as the Arsenal manager. After 22 long years, after repeated calls for "WengerOut", Wenger is finally leaving his role.
The club has yet to identify his successor but will be hoping to find the replacement before the World Cup kicks off in June. The clock is ticking and, negotiations with possible targets are expected to intensify after the season comes to an end.
In his final game in charge, Wenger named a strong starting line-up, leaving some youngsters on the bench.
Fans have been calling to see Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Alexandre Lacazette and Mesut Ozil to play together since the announcement of the two January signings (Mkhitaryan and Aubameyang).
However, it looks like everyone will have to wait until the next season to see if the front four can make an impact, as Ozil has missed the final game due to a back injury.
Both keepers were forced to make early saves in the match. Huddersfield has been ensured a place in Premier League next season and for Arsenal, they will be in Europa League once again.
The game was paused at the 22nd minute of the match. Everyone in the stadium stood to give a round of applause to the outgoing Arsenal manager. Wenger came out to wave and thank everyone as the applause went on until the 24th minute.
Despite Huddersfield dominating the match and looking like they could score any time, Aubameyang led his side to the first goal of the match.
After the break, the home team emerged as the stronger side. There were chances for both sides to score, but the closest came in the 92nd minute for Huddersfield.
In the last free kick of the match, The Terriers almost scored an equalizer but Ospina kept the ball away from the net in the nick of time.
Arsenal secured its first away points in 2018 during the very last match of the season. It was a celebration for Wenger's side as they finally did their manager proud while playing away from home. Here is how each player rated in the match.
Jonas Lossl: 7/10
He was unfortunate to have conceded a goal at home. Even though Arsenal's attackers offered some attacking threat, they were not as sharp as expected. Lossl had a relatively easy afternoon and hardly had to make many saves.
Florent Hadergjonaj: 7/10
The defender was strong in helping his team get forward. In the second half when Arsenal's midfielders and attackers pressed higher, he became more involved in the defensive work that had to be done.
Mathias Jorgensen: 7/10
A calm display from the Danish centre-back who has played in almost every match for Huddersfield. With the work already completed for the season, all he had to do was to play the last match of the season for Huddersfield.
Christopher Schindler: 7.5/10
The German defender did exactly what he had to do. It was a relatively comfortable match for him after his impressive season for Huddersfield.
Terence Kongolo: 7/10
Kongolo made a return from injury recently. He had played a crucial role in ensuring his side's survival in Premier League next season. Fans can expect him to perform even better in the near future.
Chris Lowe: 7.5/10
He had a great game against Arsenal and was part of all the action which made the home side seem even stronger than the visitors. His play was neat and tidy throughout the match.
Aaron Mooy: 6.5/10
The Australian started off brightly, but his presence in the match waned as the game went on. The midfielder had already played to his best throughout the season and this match seemed just like a friendly game for the two sides.
Jonathan Hogg: 7.5/10
It had been an excellent match for him. He was running all around and trying to dominate the midfield during the match. Even though Arsenal eventually got the better of Huddersfield, Hogg played a crucial role in supporting Huddersfield's attacking threat.
Tom Ince: 7/10
He was particularly dangerous whenever in the box. Arsenal's defenders had to be on the alert side all the time. He had a golden opportunity to net a goal for his side, but he missed that chance.
Alex Pritchard: 7.5/10
Pritchard was one of the most dangerous Huddersfield players. He looked like he was about to score anytime and offered plenty of chances in the final third of the pitch. He could have scored if his finishing was better.
Steve Mounie: 7/10
It was a delightful performance from the 23-year-old. His stature gave him an added advantage during set-pieces but Arsenal's centre-backs were lucky to have kept him quiet.
Laurent Depoitre: 6.5/10
The forward had a couple of chances but could not find the equalizer for his team.
Philip Billing: 6/10
The youngster was placed on the pitch for around the last ten minutes of the match. There was hardly any defensive work to be done, giving him the room to move comfortably in the midfield.
Dean Whitehead: 6/10
He made his last appearance as a player for Huddersfield in the last five minutes of Premier League action for his team but did not have much to do.