'One of Arsenal's worst seasons in recent memory'

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A chapter of Arsenal’s history has come to an end, and it truly is the end of an era.

After 22 years of service at the north London club, Arsene Wenger officially won his final-ever game in charge of the Gunners.

14th May 2018

In other news, the away ‘defeated’ streak is finally over too!

To kick the game off, Le Professeur was treated to another Guard of Honour by the Terriers, which was met with a lot of praise and support from both the home and away fans.

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In addition, some of the Arsenal fans hired two planes to display banners that read “Merci Arsene - We will miss you” and “One Arsene Wenger - Arsenal Legend” whilst the home side also encouraged all fans to stand up in the 22nd minute of the game and applaud the Frenchman. 

With their Premier League space already confirmed, it was touching to see Huddersfield go to such great lengths to honour one of the greatest managers in the history of English football.

Along with the club, the home fans also deserve praise for the way in which they treated the entire situation.

Throughout the majority of the first half, the home side were without a doubt the better of the two sides but were unable to make their efforts count. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored the only goal of the game in the 38th minute.

The Terriers’ pressing instinct worked very well initially but the intensity decreased as the game went on. In the second half, both teams created some great chances on goal but neither side was able to find a breakthrough.

In the end, the Gunners finally won a Premier League away game in 2018. All I can say is that it’s about time.

Has this season been a success?

With the game completed, the 2017/18 Premier League season has finally come to an end. Although the season ended somewhat well with Wenger’s departure, it is crucial to remember that this has been one of our worst seasons in recent memory.

Regarding the league itself, the Gunners once again failed to meet expectations and their abysmal away form played a significant role in finishing the season in a lacklustre sixth place.

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Away from league competition, the Gunners didn’t exactly do very well in any of the cup competitions they were involved in. Despite being the defending FA Cup champions, they lost 4-2 in the third round against Nottingham Forest.

An abysmal display of defending in the Carabao Cup final allowed Manchester City to win the trophy with ease, and the players failed to make their chances count in the Europa League semi-final clash versus Atletico Madrid.

As sad as Wenger’s departure is, it is definitely the right move for all parties involved. Considering the players available at his disposal, the 68-year-old has failed to bring more success to the club in recent years, with this season being a prime example.

The last few FA Cup victories were a delight though - don’t get me wrong. As someone who has wanted the Frenchman to leave the club for the last few years, I can’t help but be excited about what this decision holds for the future of the club - but I can’t express how crucial it is for the club to get the new appointment right.

What should be the club's priority in the transfer market this summer?

The way I see it, the club has three priorities they need to fulfill in the summer transfer window. First of all, they need to do whatever they can to convince Aaron Ramsey to sign a new contract with the club.

The club must also strengthen in defence as well as bring in better goalkeepers. Both positions have been liabilities for the club in the last few years and need to be addressed in the summer window.

What do you want to aim for next season?

In terms of a realistic aim for the new season, the north London club must do whatever they can to return to the Champions League. I don’t see the current squad being strong enough to compete for the Premier League title, and winning any type of silverware will be a big bonus.

With that being said, the club aim for a return to Europe’s elite competition - whether it’s from finishing in the top four or by winning the Europa League.

Once again, merci and thank you for the memories Arsene. Let’s just hope next season is significantly better for Arsenal, for the fans, and for the club. 

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