Arsenal give the fans an away treat with a win over Burnley and Aubameyang steals the show. Arsenal’s last match pretty much summed up the key events of the season.
Another injury, this time it was Mavropanos, who had only just come back. It was a pity because he had actually looked quite good up to that point.
The continuity continued because once again there was no Özil against Burnley, which is not exactly a shock.
Rested or benched ? Who really cares anymore.
Ozil and Emery are like a weary married couple, who annoy each other simply by establishing their presence, but they also find some comfort in hating and mistrusting each other.
— Premier League (@premierleague) May 12, 2019
The script continued as usual, with Aubameyang getting on the score sheet and at the same time joining Salah and Mané as joint top scorers.
There was Unai Emery orchestrating from his technical area and the one inhabited by Sean Dyche and there were the obligatory defensive gaps and lapses.
Then, we had the unexpected stuff. Alex Iwobi, who struggles to find the end product 99% of the time from out wide, suddenly delivered. Shkodran Mustafi made a decent clearance and Stephan Lichtsteiner looked like the best defender who ever lived.
Too much ? Yes, I went overboard there, apologies.
If you had expected a swing of 8 goals and a Spurs defeat all in the same day, it was too much to ask and to be fair, Burnley were tapping on the door early on and with a bit of patience and a bit more quality, Sean Dyche’s team could have got their noses in front as chances went begging.
Chris Wood got the better of Leno, but his attempt pinged off the post. Matt Lowton also fluffed his lines against the brittle Gunners defence but, there was no such problem with Aubameyang, who seemed rather keen on a hat trick.
His 21st goal was courtesy of a glaring mistake by the Clarets in the 52 minute. A back pass that Mee couldn’t put his foot on and which allowed Aubameyang to impersonate Usain Bolt and beat Tom Heaton. The smile was broad, the fans relief was tangible, no one wanted a seasons climax defeat.
Iwobi provided a sweet lobbed chance in the Burnley area and Aubameyang issued the receipt, as a grateful striker looking to remove the golden boot from the hands of Mo Salah.
It was a blistering volley at the far post that would taken Heaton’s hand off at the wrist and number 22 was in the bag.
He could have, would have, should have scored again, but somehow his touch deserted him for a hat trick. Let’s hope that goal comes against Chelsea in a few weeks time and delivers the Europa league trophy.
Ashley Barnes pulled one back (65) from an angled header for Burnley.
Then, Iwobi (him again) casually passed to Eddie Nketiah in 90+4, who somehow managed to smuggle it into the net as the Burnley players turned there attention to where they were going after the match.
The best thing was the chances handed to Nketiah and Joe Willock, who will surely muscle their way into the side next season, possibly as subs but with one eye on a permanent position, both are capable.
This win against Burnley was nothing more than a parting gift for the fans who had paid their money all season and had suffered their share of disappointments.
It meant nothing, having seen a top 4 place or higher, disappear but at least, Aubameyang will feel as good as he looks and Arsenal might achieve something special very soon.