On his final match in charge of Arsenal football club, Arsene Wenger finally got his first away league points in 2018 against Huddersfield Town.

While the seasons spoils had already been distributed, supporters and players alike both wanted to win the match for the outgoing manager. His final home game was a triumphant win over Burnley, but that was followed up with a loss against Leicester City. This match represented a way to finish the chapter and close the book on what has been a season filled with ups-and-downs, that ended with a positive result.

A first half goal from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was the difference between the sides, with the Armenian scoring his 10th Premier League goal in what was only his 13th appearance in the competition.

This final match of the season was a bittersweet occasion for the Gunners – they could finally close a league campaign that has been dead in the water for some time; but they also had to say goodbye to the only manager that many supporters have known.

For Huddersfield, it was a celebration of their own achievements. They had secured Premier League safety – there goal from the start – with an impressive 1-1 draw against Chelsea during the week. David Wagner had guided his side to their goals impressively - all the way back in August before a ball was even kicked Huddersfield were the favourites to get relegated, but this wasn’t to be the case.

There was a buoyant mood around the Kirklees Stadium considering how little was at stake, and it was great to see the departing manager get such a terrific reception from both away and home supporters alike.

In the 22nd minute the crowd rose to its feet to show their respect for Wenger – the number representing the amount of years he spent at the helm of the North London club. There have been plenty of ups-and-downs through those two decades, and oftentimes fans let their anger be known, but none of that mattered on Sunday, and all that was seen was gratitude for the success and excellent football.

The game itself played out in odd circumstances. Huddersfield had definitely lowered their intensity after securing safety, so the game played out somewhat like a pre-season game or a testimonial.

In many ways it was a testimonial – the football that was played encapsulated everything Wenger had stood for over the years. His starting team combined 11 different nationalities and they played exquisite passing football at times.

In the 38th minute, this culminated with what would be the winner. A combination between henrikh Mkhitaryan and Alexandre Lacazette combined slickly to find Aaron Ramsey, who continued the move by placing a pass across the goal line, straight into the path of Aubameyang, who made no mistake.

Half-time came and the sun was still shining. Huddersfield started the second half brightly, but it wasn’t long before the momentum began to visibly drain from the match.

On the hour mark, returning from injury Tom Ince nearly put his side back into the tie but his fierce effort was stopped by Arsenal’s goalkeeper David Ospina low to the left.

With 10 minutes to go, Lacazette nearly added to his 14 league goals this season, but Terriers goal keeper Jonas Lossl did well to block his dinked effort. Soon after, Lossl did the same, except this time he was thwarting a Danny Welbeck effort.

Wenger wasn’t the only goodbye of the day. Dean Whitehead made his final playing appearance for Huddersfield late-on, and his appearance was nearly rewarded immediately, with an Aaron Mooy shot from close range hitting the crossbar.

As it transpired, one goal was to be enough, and Wenger had succeeded in putting what would have been an unappealing record of zero league points on the road in 2018 to bed with this victory.

At the end of the match, Wenger made his way to the away crowd and bowed, thanking them for their immense support. Speaking after the game about the gesture, he said: “it was spontaneous, because I know that we’ve disappointed the away fans this season, that many of them they live the whole week and use their spare money to travel up to games. It’s part of the respect. We had disagreements which I accept but we had one thing in common: we loved Arsenal football club and I wanted to share that with them today.”

Even in his final exchanges as manager, he showed great class and acknowledged the negative times. The prolonged nature of his goodbye has actually been quite nice – all of the bad blood that had built up over the years immediately dissipated and the Frenchman got to see just how much he was admired by people in his own club and indeed, other clubs in the league.

And that’s that. With the Huddersfield victory, the 2017/18 season has come to an end. A fairly poor Premier League season – especially on the road – was accompanied by a run to the league cup final and also the Semi-Final of the Europa League.

The cups weren’t to be, but hopefully a good foundation has been placed for the next manager at the club – players like Mkhitaryan and Aubameyang could prove pivotal in the future.

One things for sure – next season, good or bad, is going to be very, very interesting. There’s no doubt going to be plenty of change – there has to be – so this match may have represented some players last match in an Arsenal shirt. Who, it remains unclear, but it’s going to make for a fascinating Summer.