Burnley 1 Arsenal 3
Barnes 65 Aubameyang 52, 63, Nketiah 94

Hot on the heals of his hat-trick against Valencia, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang grabbed a double and narrowly missed another treble in Arsenal’s win against Burnley at Turf Moor. Ben Mee’s poor control enabled Aubameyang to open the scoring on 52 minutes, racing away to slot past Tom Heaton for the game’s opener. The Gabon striker doubled his tally from a thumping volley. He should have had another hat-trick but struck wide twice after that. Aubameyang’s 22 goal Premier League tally saw him jointly win the Golden Boot along with Liverpool duo Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane. Burnley got back into the game when Ashley Barnes capitalised on some sloppy defending, but it was the Gunners who saw out their Premier League with just their seventh away win. It is that away form which Unai Emery will need to address next season. Arsenal’s final game of this season is the Europa League final in Baku and the all London derby against Chelsea. Unai Emery parsed his team’s performance, but accpeted that they fell just short of the mark.

“Yes, it gives us 70 points – not enough for the top four but we are progressing and we work on being consistent. We can’t be 100 per cent happy but today and all the season, the players worked well to do our process of improving and to be closer to the top four. We finished a very big distance behind Liverpool and City, but closer to Chelsea and Tottenham. Our idea is to continue with our process. Individually, we can take some objectives. It’s good that Aubameyang [won the Golden Boot]. Every player works for the team and to help each other to [give] their capacity. Aubameyang is our striker with Lacazette and Nketiah, who has the possibility to improve with us. We can be pleased with him.”

Emery added his voice to the many who have questioned UEFA’s decision to hold the Europa League final in Baku.

“I don’t know exactly [the reasons behind] the decision to play in one place or another place. I played one Super Cup [against] Barcelona in Georgia once, in Tbilisi three years ago. It was the same then – two teams from Spain travelling to Georgia to play in the Super Cup. The problem is for the supporters. I prefer to play closer to England, because we are two English teams and can move a lot of supporters to be with us. Three years ago, with Sevilla, we played against Liverpool [in the Europa League final] in Switzerland. The stadium was full of our supporters and Liverpool supporters. It was amazing. I [haven’t really thought] about why they decided to play there. After, there are going to be 6,000 of our fans and 6,000 Chelsea fans. But the stadium has a capacity of 70,000. I think it’s going to be full, but [maybe not] with our fans and Chelsea’s fans.”

Arsenal will have  a few days off before getting back in to training for the Europa League final which could see Emery lift the trophy for a record fourth time.