Burnley vs Arsenal: Unai Emery reveals why he cancelled training

Tanya Simon
May 13, 2019

I said nothing to the guys because I didn't want them to only focus on me.

Ultimately this is a frustrating day for Arsenal.

The Gunners finish fifth on 70 points, a point behind Spurs.

In between Bernd Leno escaped unpunished after ending up tussling with Barnes after dashing out of his area.

"I say congratulations to Manchester City and we will fight again next season for this trophy".

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is tasked with leading the line for Arsenal, while regular strike partner Alexandre Lacazette finds himself on the bench. Emery has historically preferred using a back four at his other clubs, so one would expect Arsenal to revert that system permanently next season. It was an intense physical battle, yet he stood up to the challenge and emerged as the game's most influential midfield player.

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Unai Emery has named a mixed bag starting lineup with the likes of Joe Willock, Mohamed Elneny and Dinos Mavropanos all starting against Burnley.

And they can still qualify for the Champions League if they beat Chelsea in the Europa League final on 29 May in Baku. He's had a fantastic campaign with the Under-23 side, so it'll be interesting to see if Emery considers him part of the first team next season.

He hammered home Alex Iwobi's chipped ball to double his tally but within two minutes Johann Gudmundsson dug out a similar cross for Barnes to glance in. His assist for Aubameyang's second goal was a rare example of the Nigerian showing a cool head in the opponent's penalty area.

We started reasonably well with Aubameyang hitting the post with an early header while he should also have done better when put through on goal midway through the first half and it was all square at the break. Arsenal lead through Aubameyang.

On almost scoring a hat-trick... Substitutes: Koscielny 5, Nketiah 6.

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