Friday 15 February 2019

Wenger's 'au revoir' to Arsenal

Huddersfield Town 0-1 Arsenal

Arsene Wenger bowed out at Arsenal with a 1-0 victory
Arsene Wenger bowed out at Arsenal with a 1-0 victory

Arsene Wenger said it had "special meaning" to bow out as Arsenal manager at Huddersfield, the club where legendary boss Herbert Chapman made his name.

Chapman led Huddersfield to two successive league titles in the 1920s before repeating the feat at Arsenal, who went on to dominate English football in the 1930s.

Wenger signed off his 22-year reign at Arsenal on a high as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's first-half strike sealed a 1-0 win at the John Smith's Stadium on the final day of the Premier League season.

The 68-year-old Frenchman had taken a quiet moment to himself in the pitch-side dug-out an hour before kick-off and took time to reflect.

"I wanted to get a bit of oxygen, my last day, nice weather, people were nice, Huddersfield were happy, they gave me a nice present," he said after his side had won for the first time on the road in the league this year.

"Herbert Chapman came from here. For me to come here on the last day was a special meaning when you know the history of our club.

"Chapman smiled at me as he was on the photo just outside the dressing room."

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