Arsenal celebrated Arsène Wenger’s final game at the Emirates Stadium with a 5-0 win over Burnley for the Premier League, as a sell-out crowd said their goodbyes to their manager.
First-half goals from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette set Arsenal up for a big afternoon in north London, as Wenger’s men took a 2-0 lead into half-time.
Sead Kolasinac and Alex Iwobi doubled the Gunners’ lead to 4-0 throughout a dominant second-half display, leaving Aubameyang to add the finishing touches to a 5-0 victory with his brace.
In Mesut Özil’s absence, Arsenal paired Aubameyang with Lacazette in attack, as Henrikh Mkhitaryan also returned to the first XI.
The two forwards took just 14 minutes to combine to great effect, with Aubameyang popping up in the six-yard-box to tap in Lacazette’s driven cross and place the hosts a goal up.
Lacazette came close to assisting Mkhitaryan in the 33rd minute, having been unleashed down the right flank by Granit Xhaka’s toe-poke, but the ex-Borussia Dortmund man could only steer his volley over the bar.
Mkhitaryan neared joy once more ten minutes later when firing a deflected shot, as Nick Pope reacted well to delay conceding a second on the brink of half time.
Lacazette wouldn’t be stopped, however, as the north Londoners entered the interval with a 2-0 lead after the Frenchman’s volleyed finish from inside the box, courtesy of Héctor Bellerín’s pull-back.
Arsenal came out firing with yet more troublesome wing-play in the second half, with Aubameyang setting Wilshere up before the latter clipped his effort over the bar.
Burnley replied through Sam Vokes’ close-range header in the 48th minute, requiring Petr Čech to be alert with a well-positioned save.
Before the Clarets were able to build on their response, Arsenal powered on to make it 3-0 through Kolasinac, firing low and hard to beat Pope at his far-post in the 53rd minute.
Mkhitaryan edged himself closer to a goal just a minute later with a curling effort from outside of the box, floating mere inches away from its desired destination.
Iwobi then inflated Arsenal’s score-line with a fourth in the 64th minute, receiving Aubameyang’s pass inside the box before firing deep into Pope’s net.
The provider morphed back into goalscorer in the 74th minute, as Aubameyang was able to divert his first-time finish away from the goalkeeper and into the top corner from Bellerín’s ball into the box.
Danny Welbeck was unlucky not to have bagged a goal himself after coming off the bench, with the post denying an arrowed volley from firing in before the full-time whistle.
By Patrick Ribeiro
Player Ratings: Petr Čech (7) – Héctor Bellerín (7), Calum Chambers (7), Konstantinos Mavropanos (8), Sead Kolasinac (7) – Granit Xhaka (8), Jack Wilshere (7) – Henrikh Mkhitaryan (7), Alex Iwobi (6), Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (8) – Alexandre Lacazette (7)
Subs: Danny Welbeck (6), Aaron Ramsey (6), Per Mertesacker (-)