Arsenal 5 Burnley 0
By Burnley FC
May 6 2018
Arsene Wenger ends home reign in style as Europe-bound Clarets run out of gas. Ruthless Arsenal gave Arsene Wenger the perfect Emirates Stadium send-off as Burnley were unable to spoil the party on their own weekend of celebration.
Both these sides will go into the Europa League next season with Arsenal making sure they will be the ones gaining direct entry into the group stages after handing the Clarets their heaviest defeat of the season to guarantee a sixth-place finish.
For the Gunners, it was a fitting way to mark the 606th and final home game in charge for Wenger, whose 22-year reign as manager will come to an end next weekend.
And while a double from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and further goals from Alexandre Lacazette, Sead Kolasinac and Alex Iwobi made the Clarets no more than welcome guests, Burnley’s work had already been done in capping a memorable season by sealing a place in Europe for the first time in 51 years.
The Clarets knew that spot was safe following Everton’s 1-1 draw with Southampton on Saturday evening.
And while a first win at Arsenal since 1974 on a landmark day in North London would keep alive the unlikely prospect of overhauling the Gunners for sixth place in the Premier League, this proved a step too far for a team that had already given everything.
Sean Dyche’s side and the manager himself formed a guard of honour for Wenger before kick-off as the Frenchman acknowledged the applause of the Arsenal fans for the last time on home territory.
For all the Gunners’ travails and the end of their hopes of winning a last piece of silverware under Wenger with last Thursday night’s Europa League exit, Arsenal have remained strong at home with six wins in an unbeaten seven-match unbeaten and only two league defeats all season.
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I would have expected more of our fans to have stayed behind to show appreciation for what Arsene has done for football over the last 22 years, but then again that's just me and my way of thinking.