Arsenal Look Good to Give Wenger a Fitting Send Off
“We live in a society where people want big change always, you know.” Arsene Wenger’s words at his final pre-game press conference as Arsenal manager ring true and after 22 years at the helm, the Gunners will have a new boss in the dugout at the start of next season.
Change is inevitable and the Gunners hierarchy felt the time had come for a shift in direction. Time will tell if that proves to be the right decision, but for one final time Wenger will take charge of the Gunners when they travel to Huddersfield Town on the final day of the Premier League season.
Wenger signed off at the Emirates Stadium with a 5-0 win over Burnley and a similar result against Huddersfield would be a fitting end to his tenure.
The omens are not good, as Arsenal are on a truly awful run of form away from home. Since the turn of the year, the Gunners have lost all eight of their away games in the Premier League. It’s the reason why they find themselves down in sixth, 12 points off the Champions League places, and one of the contributing factors behind Wenger’s departure.
So those who are going to back Arsenal to ensure Wenger bows out on a high with three points may well do so while chewing their fingernails down to quick.
At first glance it appears to be a risky proposition, but there is good reason to think the Gunners are a strong bet to secure the win at the John Smith’s Stadium.
The first reason is pretty simple: Arsenal are superior to Huddersfield in every department. That alone should be reason enough to think they are a good bet at 188BET’s price of 1.58.
But if you throw in the Wenger factor and things look even better. Managers don’t always get on with players and vice versa, but the Frenchman has been as loyal as any coach in the game – it could be argued it’s been to his detriment on occasions – but that sort of loyalty is a valuable commodity and the Gunners players should repay the faith on Sunday.
And finally, possibly tellingly, Huddersfield are now safe from relegation. The Terriers were written off as no-hopers at the start of the season, but their draw at Chelsea on Wednesday guaranteed their place in the top flight next term.
The club elected to let their players off the leash to celebrate after the draw at Stamford Bridge and the images on various social media sites suggested they made the most of it.
With a weight lifted from their shoulders, Huddersfield may not be massively motivated to deny Wenger a winning send off.
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