With Arsenal’s 5 goal dismantling of Sean Dyche’s Burnley on Sunday bringing an end to Premier League football at the Emirates for the 2017/18 season, all that remains of Arsene Wenger’s tenure as manager are two away matches: Leicester City and Huddersfield Town.

The first of these fixtures is at the King Power Stadium against Claude Puel’s Foxes in a match that was postponed due to cup involvement earlier in the campaign.

After the knock-out of the Europa League in the semi-final at the hands of Atletico Madrid and the securing of 6th place at Wenger’s farewell to the Emirates, the remaining two games are being played effectively as formalities. Chelsea are too far ahead in 5th on 69 points to catch and Burnley are too far behind on 54 points to overtake.

That being said, there are two things that can be achieved from the remaining games, starting against the 2016 Premier League Champions.

Firstly, the Gunners can finally put some points on the board away from home for 2018 in the league. Astonishingly, Arsenal haven’t so much as won a league game outside of home turf in the calendar year.

Leicester are a team who have very much switched off for the season – they have lost 4 of their past 5 games and drawn the other, and none of these fixtures were against sides in the top 6.

If Arsenal are going to have anything to show for the second half of their season on the road, one feels it’s most likely to come from this game at this stage (especially considering Huddersfield may be playing for their lives on the final day of the season).

Secondly, now that everything has effectively been sorted in the league, these final two matches will likely have somewhat of a pre-season feel to them. With this being the case, there’s no reason to not play some experimental line-ups, as if it truly was an off-season game.

Both youth and fringe players will surely get a good run-out, meaning newer faces to the team such as Konstantinos Mavropanos and Reiss Nelson will likely start, as well as inclusion for the likes of Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Joe Willock.

Unfortunately, it is mathematically impossible to surpass Wenger’s previous worst points tally of 67 at this stage, but the final two games offer a good chance of ending the season on a high.

There’s no denying that the European loss has deflated the atmosphere surrounding Wenger’s exit, but there is an opportunity (albeit a late one) of pushing on after the terrific win at the weekend.

If Leicester are to play to their abilities it won’t be easy for the Gunners however as they are still a team filled with plentiful quality.

They’ve got the man who will most likely be deputising for Harry Kane with England in Jamie Vardy – a player who only last season seemed like he could be wearing an Arsenal jersey. While Vardy may not have lived up to the dizzying highs of the league-winning campaign two years ago this season, he still represents one of the most potent goal threats in the league, netting an impressive 17 times this season – 3 more than Arsenal’s leading scorer Alexandre Lacazette, who has scored eight goals in his last nine in all competitions.
Vardy also has a real soft spot for scoring against Wenger’s side having netted 5 goals in the past 5 encounters.

The other man to no doubt look out for is (or perhaps was based on recent reports) wantaway playmaker Riyad Mahrez. Like Vardy he has not been able to recapture his stunning form of old, but nonetheless the Algerian is one of the best players in the league and can create chances out of nothing on his day.

For what it’s worth, Arsenal’s second leading goal scorer is January signing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who has already found the net 8 times in 11 appearances for Arsenal – with 4 assists. The Gabonese forward will likely be in a position to add to this tally on Wednesday, where he will probably be leading the line in a similar fashion to the Burnley game – it will be interesting to see what he can achieve in a full campaign under the new manager.

In terms of players missing, it appears that Mesut Ozil will not be available for the next two matches due to a back problem. His country are hoping he will be in full fitness for the world cup though – the same can’t be said of Laurent Koscielny who will be missing Russia 2018 with France due to the Achilles injury he sustained in Madrid, which could well see him out for the beginning of next season as well.

Out for Leicester is Marc Albrighton who got sent off in the loss against Crystal palace at the weekend.

The Palace game is one that will leave aa sour taste in the mouths of Foxes supporters, after letting go of a one goal lead at home to lose the game 2-1.

They will be hoping not to lose another home game on the bounce, but Wenger has different plans, having his say on Arsenal’s away day struggles: "It was special circumstances - we played the League Cup final, the Europa League. Away from home I rotated the team to prepare for these cup games. I want to win the last two away games. I'll go to Leicester to give absolutely everything to win."

Arsneal’s biggest problem away from home has been there lack of goals. Whereas they have been scoring nearly 3 goals per game (2.84) at home, they have been notching just over one on-the-road (1.1).

It’s one of the least in form home teams – drawing 4 and losing 2 in the last 6 games – against the least in-form away team in 2018. Wenger wants to finish strong, and this penultimate game is a good opportunity to set that in-motion, even if it will not have much of an effect on the end of season standings.

Arsenal play Leicester City in the penultimate game of the premier League season at the King Power Stadium, with kick-off scheduled for 19.45PM.