Huddersfield Town 0-1 Arsenal: Auba sends Arsene off right

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  • Wenger bids adieu with win
  • Aubameyang nabs 10th PL goal
  • Scores 37 between BVB, Arsenal

Pierre-Emerick Aubamayang scored the final goal of Arsene Wenger‘s illustrious Arsenal career as the Gunners beat Huddersfield Town 1-0 on Championship Sunday at the John Smith’s Stadium.

Arsenal finished sixth with 63 points, while Huddersfield Town’s 37 leave them 17th.

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Aubameyang capped off a free-flowing move fitting of Wenger’s final match in charge, converting an Aaron Ramsey pass to give the Gunners the advantage.

And the Gabonese striker also became the fastest Gunner to 10 Premier League goals, netting in his 13th match.

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Huddersfield Town raves of survival: “We have always come back”

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Within a span of four days, Huddersfield Town scrapped draws against Manchester City and Chelsea.

Terrier mentality. Fitting.

[ RECAP: Chelsea 1-1 Huddersfield ]

Manager David Wagner, a former USMNT player, led the way for Town from Moment No. 1 and will be tipped for bigger jobs. He’s happy at the John Smith’s Stadium. From the BBC:

“My English is not good enough to give the players the credit they deserve. If you have the passion, desire and spirit you can compete with top top quality and you saw today that we can do it. We had luck, no doubt about it, but if any players deserve it it’s this set of players.

“I never doubted their mental strength. We have so many experiences, the play-offs, the final, some very big dips in the season, five defeats in a row. We have always come back.”

“The people in Huddersfield, and the town and supporters and this football club, to describe them, they are humble but they are ambitious. They have the spirit to work and to fight, and this is exactly what this football team has shown in this season.”

Couldn’t put it better ourselves.

Town deserves every bit of its survival, even if goalkeeper Jonas Lossl should never buy anything in town again following an unreal save on

“This was definitely the most important save in my career, no doubt about it,” he said.

Like fellow promoted sides Newcastle and Brighton, it’ll be down to finding a fine striker if the next step is coming next season.

Town has its midfielder/playmaker/hard-edged man in Aaron Mooy, and he’s quite happy after moving from Man City. He says his manager is a difference maker.

“We knew it was going to be tough, Chelsea have so many talented players,” Mooy said. “We had to get close to them and make it difficult. … David Wagner has kept a level head all season, he has done an amazing job. He gives us belief and confidence.”

And perhaps no one put it better than this line on NBCSN courtesy Laurent Depoitre.

“It was very hard, we ran a lot.”

They don’t call him the best color man in the biz for nothing.

Watch Live: Chelsea vs. Huddersfield Town

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Chelsea takes on Huddersfield Town from Stamford Bridge (Watch live at 2:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com) as Antonio Conte‘s men look to keep their top four and UEFA Champions League aspirations alive.

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A number of changes are afoot for both sides on Wednesday, with Chelsea missing goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois. Eden Hazard will also start on the bench.

Meanwhile, the Terriers have made three changes to their starting XI, including Phillip BillingRajiv Van la Parra and Laurent Depoitre all entering the lineup.

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Chelsea: Caballero, Azpilicueta, Christensen, Rudiger, Fabregas, Kante, Zappacosta, Alonso, Willian, Pedro, Morata. SubsEduardo, Cahill, Moses, Bakayoko, Barkley, Hazard, Giroud.

Huddersfield: Lossl, Smith, Kongolo, Hogg, Billing, Mooy, Lowe, Van La Parra, Depoitre, Zanka, Schindler. Subs: Coleman, Malone, Pritchard, Ince, Quaner, Mounie, Hadergjonaj.

Premier League Weds. preview: Top Four, relegation implications

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The penultimate steps in the relegation and Top Four races arrive Wednesday in a quartet of make-up games.

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Chelsea vs. Huddersfield Town — 2:45 p.m. ET NBCSN [ STREAM ]

There’s an alternate world in which this game is the snooziest of late season affairs, with Chelsea having sewn up a Top Four spot and Town grimacing after a one-and-done campaign in the top flight.

But the Blues have underachieved and, depending on your viewpoint, the Terriers have punched about their weight. A single point for Town means Swansea is going down. A win for Chelsea puts pressure on Liverpool and Tottenham’s Sundays.

Man City vs. Brighton & Hove Albion — 3 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Gold [ STREAM ]

Chris Hughton and Brighton are safe, and cheers to them. Now they may become fodder for the cannon used for Manchester City’s assault on the record books. City is two goals shy of standing alone for the most in a single Premier League season (amongst a bevy of other possibilities) and was shut out last match. Yep, this could be a rough one.

Tottenham Hotspur vs. Newcastle Utd — 3 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Gold [ STREAM ]

Spurs control their own destiny when it comes to finishing third, and have a bit of “late season meaningless game” payback to proffer Newcastle from the finale two seasons ago. A loss and Spurs could well finish fifth. A draw and they’ll control their own Top Four destiny on Sunday.

Leicester City vs. Arsenal — 2:45 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Gold [ STREAM ]

Speaking of alternate realities, not too long ago, this one could’ve been for seventh. Now Arsenal is safe in sixth, Leicester won’t finish higher than ninth, and we’re just wondering whether Arsene Wenger is going to opt for two- or three-piece suit at the King Power Stadium.

Relegation permutations heading into Championship Sunday

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Need a road map to the remaining relegation spot on the Premier League table? We’ve got you covered as to who will join West Bromwich Albion and Stoke City in the Championship next season.

[ RECAP: Swans 0-1 Saints ]

In terms of safety, Huddersfield Town can guarantee a spot in the PL with a point or more from either of its two remaining matches, while Southampton can clinch its place with a point on Sunday versus Manchester City.

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Swansea, however, needs a lot of help from both its rivals to move from 18th to safety.

Swansea City will be relegated if…

— It fails to defeat visiting Stoke City on Sunday.

or

— It wins against Stoke City but Huddersfield Town gets a point or more from either of its remaining matches (Wednesday at Chelsea and Sunday versus Arsenal)

and

Southampton doesn’t lose to Man City — or — loses to Man City without a change in goal differential (Swans’ differential is nine goals worse than Saints).

Huddersfield Town will be relegated if…

— It loses at Chelsea on Wednesday and home to Arsenal on Sunday.

and

— Swansea beats Stoke City on Sunday

and

— Southampton draws or beats Manchester City on Sunday — or — Southampton loses to Manchester City by a wild amount of goals (The goal differential currently favors Saints by 11, and this scenarios sees Huddersfield’s goal differential take at least a two-goal hit).

Southampton will be relegated if…

— It loses at home to Manchester City

and

— Huddersfield Town draws or beats Chelsea on Wednesday or Arsenal on Sunday

and

— Swansea City beats Stoke City and its margin of victory combined with Southampton’s losing margin against Man City overcomes nine goals worth of differential.