It was an historic day, with many twists and turns – all of them living long in the memory.
Although City’s title triumph was well and truly sealed early doors this season, relive the moment when it went down to a last day finale.
The Gunners boss will leave the club after almost 22 years at the helm when the final whistle blows at Huddersfield on Sunday.
Arsenal travel to the John Smith’s Stadium knowing they will finish sixth in the Premier League, the lowest ever position under Wenger, as the 68-year-old departs.
A 3-1 defeat at Leicester on Wednesday night means Arsenal have an identical away record to already-relegated West Brom this season, winning just three games on the road and taking three points
away from the Emirates Stadium since the turn of the year.
Wenger wants to address that woeful record against Huddersfield, who will be in a party mood having secured their top-flight status with impressive draws at Manchester City and Chelsea over the past week.
The outgoing Frenchman believes a rare away victory will be a confidence boost to the squad he is leaving behind.
“I will say to the players, ‘Look we have to prepare for the future, and the best way to do that is to win your last game and go in a positive mind into next season’,” he said.
“We have gone through a season of ups and downs but they have always created something special and I would like that to come out in the last game by the way we play it.
“In fairness that’s what they did last at Leicester and I hope that for them, the best way to prepare for next season is to win the next game.”
— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 12, 2018
As his 10 men slipped to defeat at Leicester, the home fans applauded Wenger and chanted his name in tribute to his achievements during his tenure.
He was also treated to a warm reception at Manchester United, a team he battled against for honours in the past, and was pleased to see the respect shown to him, with Huddersfield’s fans likely to follow suit.
“They all love me now! It’s a pleasant surprise,” he joked.
“People respect somewhere that I tried to play football in the right way and I tried to give pleasure to people. The most important thing when you wake up in the morning is to go, ‘oh, I watch Arsenal today – I have a chance to see a good game’.
“That is basically what I tried to do – to give people an experience in life that is not everyday.
“Everyday is not a pleasure. I think football has a responsibility, to try to give some people a special moment in their life.
“You do not always manage to do it unfortunately, but at least you have to give them the hope they can see something special and can be transported somewhere that they do not always experience on a daily basis.”
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Liverpool and Chelsea are still in a race for the final Champions League spot with the Reds just needing a point at home to Brighton to secure fourth spot.
Manchester United may shuffle the pack though with the FA Cup final to play next week against Antonio Conte’s side.
Here are a few tips ahead of gameweek 38.
By his standards, Harry Kane hasn’t exactly been in scintillating form since returning from injury with a cameo in gameweek 32. There’s been a palpable drop in his goal threat as the frequency of his shots have plummeted from 5.8 efforts per games before March to just 2.8 per game since. However, he has been steadily plugging away in recent rounds, scoring three times in his last four games.
With a place in next season’s Champions League secured, the pressure is off Tottenham, usually facilitating their most fluid football. Leicester City were recently destroyed 5-0 by Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park and Kane will take encouragement from that.
You never quite know when the England international will explode in life and score a flurry of goals. That’s why, even at this late stage, he can’t be ruled out of the race with Mohamed Salah for the Golden Boot. Having plundered 28 goals in the league with one game remaining, he is only three strikes behind the Egyptian.
He took his match-winning goal against Newcastle superbly, stroking it into the top corner to secure his side’s place in Europe next season. That would’ve given him a huge confidence boost.
MOHAMED SALAH (10.5m) has only a Brighton game and the Champions League final to reach Ian Rush’s club record of 47 goals in a season. He’s stormed to 43 goals so far but has slowed down in recent weeks. With the record, a top four place and the Golden Boot all on the line, he’ll want to make the most of this game at Anfield.
PIERRE-EMERICK AUBAMEYANG (10.7m) has certainly hit the ground running at Arsenal. In just 12 appearances since his move from Borussia Dortmund, he’s racked up nine goals and four assists. The Gabon international impressed in double gameweek 37, scoring a total of 23 points over two fixtures with three goals and an assist.
WILFRIED ZAHA (7.1m) has been in sensational form of late, failing to deliver attacking returns just once in the last six gameweeks and managing two double-figure hauls in that time. West Brom have been difficult to break down but having been relegated, that resolve may not hold firm at Selhurst Park.
JAMES MCARTHUR | CRYSTAL PALACE | 4.4M
With double-figure hauls in the last two gameweeks, James McArthur has turned a few heads. At only 4.4m, he’s the ultimate final-day bargain, especially if you’re scrambling around to try and get Mohamed Salah back into your side. At an ownership of just 4.3 per cent, he’s a good differential as well while Palace host a relegated West Brom on Sunday.
AARON CRESSWELL | WEST HAM UNITED | 4.9M
At 4.9m, Aaron Cresswell doesn’t exactly qualify as a bargain for a defender at this stage but he still represents real value for money. The West Ham left-back has one goal and seven assists so far this season. The Hammers have kept clean sheets in their last two outings, the latest one coming against Manchester United.
ROMELU LUKAKU| MANCHESTER UNITED | 11.5M
After picking up an injury against Arsenal, Romelu Lukaku was sidelined for double gameweek 37, much to the chagrin of several FPL managers relying on him for a big score in that round. The Belgian hasn’t recovered yet in time to face Watford at Old Trafford on the final day of the league season and is in a race to make the FA Cup final as well.
WILLIAN | CHELSEA | 7.0M
Not too long ago, it looked like Willian was going to be the spark to reignite Chelsea’s season but the Brazilian has gone off the boil in recent weeks. He’s started only four of the last seven fixtures and has managed just one assist in that time. For around the same price, it’s worth switching to Marko Arnuatovic (7.1m).
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