By Walter Broeckx
Arsenal starting this last Arsène Wenger home match with : Cech, Bellerin, Chambers, Mavropanos, Kolasinac, Xhaka, Wilshere, Iwobi, Mkhitaryan, Aubamayang, Lacazette.
On the beach in the schadow behind Wenger: Ospina, Ramsey, Mertesacker, Monreal, Mustafi, Welbeck, Maitland-Niles
A bit of a slow start from Arsenal at first. Burnley staying loyal to their game plan that is almost everyone behind the ball and keeping one man up front. So difficult to through for Arsenal. Slowly Arsenal getting a grip on the match but the first shot was too weak to trouble the Burnley goal keeper. Arsenal trying to find Kolasinac on the left flank but his low cross is cleared in front of Aubamayang. Mavropanos can’t make proper contact with the corner. A beautiful combination on the right flank started by Aubamayang and then Lacazette, Bellerin, Lacazette, Iwobi and again Lacazette and the latter with the low cross and Aubamayang sliding the ball in the goal at the second post. GOAL ! 1-0 to The Arsenal after 14 minutes. Only one Arsène Wenger rings around the Emirates.
Arsenal continue to press forward and a cross bounces of the hip of a Burnley defender against his arm but the ref considers this rightly as not voluntary handball. A Burnley player runs in to the back of Xhaka who headed the ball away and both go down. This was a clear foul from the Burnley player but the ref gives nothing. Xhaka can continue, the fouling player has to go off with a dislocated shoulder. He did it to himself. But giving no foul….. Mavraponos looking very solid in his defensive work. Burnley using the block the goalkeeper trick that still is allowed by PL refs for som unknown reason but Cech can free himself and catch a Burnley corner. Ooooh Santi Cazorla rings around the Emirates. Aubamayang loses a ball on the right flank but the runs 50 meter to intercept the Burnley attack. Arsenal letting the ball go and Burnley defending and defending. Still 1-0 after 30 minutes.
Mkhitaryan is kicked on his ankle when trying to start a dangerous looking attack but the ref lets it go and be loses the ball. A minute later a good combination on the right Lacazette on the right flank with a cross to Mkhitaryan but he blasts his shot over from 8 meters out. Mavrapanos showing his steel with jumping in the back of a Burnley player. The ref blows (correct) his whistle. A low cross from Mkhitaryan is kicked over his own crossbar by a defender. Lacazette wins the ball back on the edge of the Burnley penalty area but he is being pulled a bit and can’t get to the ball and the keeper then smothers the danger. Mkhitaryan with a shot that takes a deflection but the keeper saves the ball. That came after a good advantage from the ref who later books Tarakowski for a foul on Lacazette and a good advantage from the ref. A low cross from Burnley but Bellerin can clear. Aubamayang starting a counter and Long brings him down but no yellow card. 4 minutes of added time. Iwobi to Bellerin on the right flank and his cross finds Lacazette who scores with his left foot. GOAL!! 2-0 to the Arsenal after 47 minutes. Arsenal go in at half time with a clear 2-0 advantage.
Aubamayang escapes his man on the left flank and his low cross finds Wilshere but he blasts over from 6 meters out. A cross from Burnley finds Vokes but Cech with a save on the goal line. The first real Burnley attack after 48 minutes. Burnley now trying to get a bit of attacking going but Cech punches a cross away. Arsenal then takes the match back in their hands and pushes Burnley back. Wilshere with a great turn on the half way line making space for himself. He runs towards the penalty area and gives it to Kolasinac on the left flank whose fierce shot finds the back of the net. GOAL!!! 3-0 to The Arsenal ater 53 minutes. A cracking finish.
Mkhitaryan with a shot but it curls just wide. That could have been a double blow for Burnley. One Arsène Wenger sings the Emirates. Burnley with a shot from distance but Mavrapanos throws himself in front of the ball for a corner. He sure looks a solid defender so far these two matches. Again the old trick of block the keeper is used by Stoke, sorry Burnley. A few corners in a row for Burnley but no real danger from those corners. Iwobi gives it to Aubamayang on the left flank. He goes past his man and cuts it back to Iwobi who blasts it in under the crossbar with his left foot. GOAL!!!! 4-0 to The Arsenal. Unstoppable shot. One Arsène Wenger is sung by the crowd.
Kolasinac with another shot but it is blocked by a defender. Wenger is having words with Per: you will be one in a few minutes. Ramsey and Welbeck come on first for Wilshere and Lacazette after 70 minutes. Ramsey plays the ball to Bellerin on the right flank and his cross is put over the goal line by Aubamayang. GOAL!!!!! 5-0 to The Arsenal after 75 minutes.
We got a Big F*cking German sings the Emirates as Per gets his shirt on. And he enters the field after a big hug from Wenger and Vick Akers and Chambers leaves the field. Cech comes out to give the captains armband to Per. Aubamayang goes over his man but his cross can’t find Welbeck. Maybe a shot would have been the better option. Per and Mavraponas are certainly the biggest centre back pairing a Wenger team has ever fielded I think. Per gets a big cheer whenever he touches the ball. Great from the crowd and they sure lift it even when he puts a tackle in. Bellerin at the end of that attack but his shot goes over. Mavropanos with a good interception before Burnley can become dangerous. Let us hope whoever becomes the new manager gives this young man a chance and let us hope the moaners will not get on his back from his first mistake. Per being cheered on after each touch great from the crowd. The match now being a bit of a practice match for both teams. The result is known and Per blocks a cross and the crowd loves it. Ramsey sends Aubamayang away on the left but the cross from the Gabon striker is behind Ramsey and Burnley clear for a corner. After that corner a cross goes in the direction of Per but a defender gets there first. I think the roof would have gone off if Per would score. A cross from Ramsey goes to Mkhitaryan who lays it off to Welbeck who launches a fierce shot that ends up against the angle of goalpost and crossbar. That would have been some goal. Ramsey has a shot with his left foot but straight at the keeper. No extra time says the ref and he blows his whistle after 90 minutes while the crowd sings : Only One Arsène Wenger. Fitting for the 5-0 score in his last home match as the Arsenal manager. Thank you Arsène. Merci Arsène!