Premier League: Arsenal give Wenger perfect send off in his last home game

Arsenal smash five past Burnley in Wenger send off
06 May 2018

The 22 year long legacy was coming to an end in Wenger’s last home game as Arsenal manager and his team didn’t disappoint. The Gunners were at their full flowing best and smashed five goals past what was a hapless Burnley defence.

 

The Arsenal defence didn’t take long to click into gear as they already had the lead on the quarter hour mark. Alexandre Lacazette and Alex Iwobi exchanged some neat passes on the edge of the area to free up the Frenchman, he picked his head up and fired a shot across the box where Aubameyang was waiting to prod home from no further than four yards.

What had been a staunch defence for the majority of the season was static for the first half. The Gunners doubled their lead on the stroke of half-time as Bellerin had the freedom of the right hand side of the pitch, he picked out Lacazette making the late run into the box and the Frenchman finished confidently with a side foot finish.

The second half was more dominance from the home side and they extended their lead on the 54th minute with a beautiful goal. Jack Wilshere picked the ball up in the middle of the park and dropped his shoulder, he drove through the middle of the park and picked out Kolasinac on the left hand side of the penalty area. The Bosnian international proceeded to unleash a thunderous strike that flew into the far post before Pope could even see it.

The floodgates were well and truly open and Arsenal weren’t showing any signs of letting up and the next goal arrived 10 minutes later. More dreadful defending from Burnley as Aubameyang skipped past a challenge all too easily and was running freely into the Burnley area. He picked out Iwobi on the edge of the box and with the freedom of the whole Emirates Stadium; the Nigerian rifled a left footed strike into the back of the net.

Arsenal were rampant and with 25 minutes left of the game, there was still much time to get more and surely enough, the 5th arrived on the 75th minute. Bellerin again with the freedom of the right hand side of the pitch picked out the onrushing Aubameyang and he finished with aplomb to give the Gunners their fifth and final goal of the day. A fitting final home game for the departing Wenger.

Wenger left the home fans with some parting words “Just like all of you, I am an Arsenal fan. When I am gone, please with all your heart, support these players and this staff because they deserve it. They are a special group on and off the pitch and they need your support.”

He concludes with this “I leave you with these final few words, I will miss you. Thank you all for being such an important part of my life.”

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