The Premier League season has officially come to an end, and aside from the Europa League final in a few short weeks, Arsenal’s campaign is over. It’s been a season of ups and downs and sometimes that hasn’t always been in equal measure, but today, we aren’t going to talk about that (at least, not in this post). Instead we’re going to focus on Arsenal’s final game of the season yesterday, in which they were able to pick up one final win in order to secure fifth place ahead of Manchester United.
Getting the job done
Some fans still held out slim hopes regarding their ability to snatch fourth place from Tottenham Hotspur, but let’s be honest here, it was never going to happen. The deficit was just too great for them to make up, and it would’ve required a huge turn in fortunes for Arsenal to even get close to their bitter rivals. In the end, though, it doesn’t matter all too much, because they’re going to get one final chance to secure Champions League football.
The first half between Arsenal and Burnley was pretty tame, as the ‘sting’ of the season had evaporated a little bit for both clubs. That’s not to say there wasn’t still a few entertaining moments, but for the most part, these teams were going through the motions as their Premier League seasons came to a gradual end.
In the second half, though, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang woke up and realised that the Golden Boot was within touching distance. He scored twice in an 11-minute period, drawing himself level with Salah and Mane in the race for the award in the process. Barnes pulled one back to put the cherry on top of his sensational season for the Clarets, but Nketiah was on hand in stoppage time to ensure that Arsenal registered a rare away win.
Aubameyang wound up sharing the Golden Boot with the two Liverpool stars, in what was a pretty satisfying way to end the domestic season. Things certainly could’ve been a lot better along the way, but at the very least, Unai Emery has something to show for himself. Plus, they managed to pick up way more points than they did in 2017/18 – which definitely shows some kind of progress.
What are your final thoughts on Arsenal’s win over Burnley, and who did you think was the Man of the Match?