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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's goal ends Arsene Wenger's Arsenal career with a win

Arsene Wenger signed off as Arsenal manager with a 1-0 Premier League victory over Huddersfield on Sunday. Remarkably, these were the first Premier League points the Gunners have picked up on their travels since the turn of the year.

It was Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang who scored the final goal of Wenger's reign, latching on to an Aaron Ramsey cross to poke home the winner.


Whoever takes over from Wenger inherits a fantastic striker in Aubameyang. Despite only making 13 Premier League appearances, he has nevertheless managed to rack up a very impressive 10 goals. That scoring ratio becomes all the more impressive when you consider that he's played a good deal of that football from the wing.

It's also undoubtedly a positive that Arsenal finally put an end to their dreadful away form. Even though the manager may be changing, most of these players will still be around next season. It's good that they've finally got this particular monkey off their back.


Despite the result, this was not a particularly convincing performance by Arsenal. Huddersfield will come away from the match feeling they were unfortunate not to take at least a point.

Although Arsenal managed to keep a clean sheet, they didn't exactly look watertight at the back. The first job of the new manager will be to organise Arsenal's porous defence.

Manager rating out of 10

7 -- This was surely an emotional day for Wenger, but he'll be delighted to have finished with three points. Huddersfield deserve enormous credit for the respect they showed Arsenal's outgoing manager.

Player ratings (1-10; 10 = best. Players introduced after 70 minutes get no rating)

GK David Ospina, 8 -- This was one of the Colombian's better games. With his goal coming under significant pressure, the former Nice stopper stood up to the challenge and dominated his penalty area. His footwork, as ever, was very good.

DF Hector Bellerin, 6 -- The full-back will reflect on a relatively poor season, and this was not one of his better displays. He seems to be set on staying at Arsenal this summer, and will hope a new manager can offer his career the reinvigoration it plainly requires.

DF Rob Holding, 7 -- The young defender has been made to wait for opportunities this season, but had a decent outing in Arsenal's final league game. What's most impressive about him is his willingness to play out from the back. He looks unflappable on the ball.

Arsenal only one won Premier League game away from home in 2018 under Arsene Wenger.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang racked up his 10th goal in his 13th Premier League appearance in Arsenal's win at Huddersfield.

DF Shkodran Mustafi, 6 -- Arsenal's error-prone centre-half returned to the starting XI for this game, and while he was given the runaround by Steve Mounie, he didn't commit any particularly glaring mistakes.

DF Sead Kolasinac, 7 -- The suspicion lingers that Kolasinac is much better going forwards then backwards. He looked threatening on the overlap, but appeared to be running through treacle when chasing back to his own goal.

MF Granit Xhaka, 7 -- Apparently Xhaka was not aware he was starting the game until shortly before kickoff, which perhaps explains his slow start to the contest. However, he improved as the match wore on.

MF Alex Iwobi, 6 -- In this game, Iwobi was deployed in a far deeper role than usual. It was an interesting experiment; his upper-body strength and close control mean he's potentially a very good central midfield player. It will be interesting to see where the new manager envisages Iwobi playing.

MF Aaron Ramsey, 8 -- The Welshman wore the captain's armband in this game. With Per Mertesacker retiring, could that be a sign of things to come? The Gunners will be desperate to get Ramsey to sign a new deal, and perhaps the armband could be a sweetener in those negotiations. His assist for Aubameyang showed his athleticism and his intelligence.

FW Henrikh Mkhitaryan, 6 -- The former Manchester United man links the play intelligently, but his touch was not as its absolute best on the day. Had he been a bit sharper, he might have been able to lay on a couple of clear goal-scoring opportunities for his teammates.

FW Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, 7 -- This man just sniffs out goals. He spent long periods on the periphery of the game, but when the crucial moment arrived, he was there to poke home. Aubameyang must be one of the favourites for next season's Golden Boot.

FW Alexandre Lacazette, 7 -- He might have missed a great chance to score from a one-on-one, but his general link-up play was very good. His partnership with Aubameyang looks very promising indeed.


DF Nacho Monreal, 6 -- Replaced Kolasinac (68) to add some more defensive security.

FW Danny Welbeck, 6 -- Came on for Aubameyang (68) and might have added a second goal.

MF Ainsley Maitland-Niles, NR -- Earned another Premier League appearance as a replacement for Iwobi (72).

James McNicholas is one of ESPN FC's Arsenal bloggers. You can follow him on Twitter @gunnerblog.


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