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Arsenal Team News: Injuries, suspensions and line-up vs Huddersfield Town

9:05 PM GMT+8 13/05/2018
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Everything you need to know ahead of the Premier League match at the John Smith's Stadium on Sunday afternoon

Arsene Wenger will take charge of his final game as Arsenal manager on Sunday as the Gunners take on Huddersfield at the John Smith's Stadum.

After 22 years the Frenchman will depart having won three Premier League titles, seven FA Cups and leaving behind a distinguished legacy which includes the Emirates Stadium.

Wenger's side lost their last match against Leicester City but will be hoping to send their long-serving manager out on a high by winning their first away game of 2018.

The Gunners haven't recorded a victory away from home in the current calendar year, the worst record of any team in English football, and face a Huddersfield side who are in confident form following draws against Manchester City and Chelsea.

Arsenal injuries

Laurent Koscielny will miss the World Cup with a suspected ruptured Achilles sustained in the first half of Arsenal's Europa League semi-final defeat to Atletico Madrid.

Egypt midfielder Mohamed Elneny is out with ankle ligament damage while a back problem has ruled out Mesut Ozil for the final game.

Spanish midfielder Santi Cazorla remains a long-term absentee with an Achilles injury, although he is running again and will hope to be involved in pre-season if his contract gets renewed.

Arsenal suspensions

Arsenal have Konstantinos Mavropanos suspended after his red card against Leicester.

Confirmed Arsenal starting line-up

Wenger has opted to field Sead Kolasinac at left-back while Shkodran Mustafi and Rob Holding start again at centre-back.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette are both starting in attack, with Granit Xhaka and Aaron Ramsey the preferred central midfield partnership.

Confirmed Arsenal line-up vs Huddersfield Town: Ospina, Bellerin, Holding, Mustafi, Kolasinac, Xhaka, Ramsey, Iwobi, Aubameyang, Mkhitaryan, Lacazette.

Huddersfield team news

Huddersfield have secured Premier League safety with one game remaining following impressive draws against Manchester City and Chelsea.

Steve Mounie is the club's top scorer with nine goals to his name so far this season.

Best Opta match facts

  • Arsenal are unbeaten in their last nine meetings with Huddersfield in all competitions (W7 D2), winning their last game in Huddersfield 5-0 in a League Cup match in 1993. 

  • The Gunners won the reverse of this fixture 5-0 – only twice have they scored 5+ goals in both Premier League games against a side in a season, vs Derby in 2007-08 and Everton this season. 

  • Arsenal have won only three away Premier League games this season. They last won as few as four away league games in a top-flight season in 1989-90 (4), while the last time they won fewer than four was 1975-76 (2). 

  • Arsenal are unbeaten in their last 12 final Premier League games (W10 D2), winning the last six in a row. Their last such defeat came at Birmingham in 2004-05. 

  • This will be Arsene Wenger’s 828th and final Premier League match in charge of Arsenal. The John Smith’s Stadium will be the 54th different ground at which he’s managed in the competition, with three of the six grounds he’s failed to win at in the competition being based in Yorkshire (Bramall Lane, Hillsborough and Valley Parade). 

  • Wenger's side have lost 11 away Premier League games this season – a joint-high for them in the competition (level with 1994-95). They last lost 12 on the road in a top-flight campaign back in 1984- 85. 

TV channel & kick-off time

The match kicks off at 3:00pm BST on Sunday with no live television coverage available in the UK.