A second-half Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang brace saw Arsenal finish their 2018-19 Premier League season with a victory at Burnley.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang continued his fine scoring record against Burnley as Arsenal concluded their Premier League season with a 3-1 victory at Turf Moor on Sunday.
The Gabon striker had netted braces in each of his previous two appearances against the Clarets and he repeated that feat to finish the campaign with 22 league goals, level with Liverpool duo Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane in the race for the Golden Boot.
In-form Aubameyang, who netted a hat-trick in the Europa League semi-final second leg against Valencia on Thursday, capitalised on Jack Cork’s misplaced pass to race away and slot home his first before a thumping back-post volley put the Gunners in control shortly after the hour.
Ashley Barnes’ header swiftly pulled one back for the hosts but there was to be no equaliser as Eddie Nketiah got his first Premier League goal in stoppage time to ensure Unai Emery’s side ended 2018-19 in fifth, one point adrift of the Champions League places.
Arsenal can still qualify for that competition with victory in the Europa League final against Chelsea in Baku later this month – a trophy Emery has already lifted three times.
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Aubameyang appeared to have the Golden Boot on his mind early on as he diverted Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s free-kick against the post and stung the palms of Tom Heaton inside seven minutes.
Barnes was denied by Bernd Leno in a lively opening that threatened to boil over when the pair clashed, resulting in a caution for the Burnley man, whose strike partner Chris Wood thumped an effort against the post with the goalkeeper beaten.
Shkodran Mustafi’s superb block thwarted Matt Lowton before Joe Willock fired narrowly wide late in the half but Arsenal were ahead seven minutes after the interval as Cork’s ball evaded Ben Mee and allowed Aubameyang to beat Heaton.
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.
Aubameyang somehow stabbed Mkhitaryan’s low delivery wide from six yards and later fired over – misses that cost him the Golden Boot outright – before Nketiah’s deflected effort from a tight angle squirmed through Heaton’s legs and in.