Arsenal played their last home match with Arsene Wenger at helm on Sunday against potential Europa League contenders Burnley FC.
In a perfect homage to the legendary French manager, The Gunners destroyed The Clarets by 5 goals to 0, ensuring their direct qualification to the Europa League group stages for next year.
Here are three major talking points from the game:
Wenger gets a perfect farewell at the Stadium he built:
Emirates Stadium has been the home ground of Arsenal FC since they moved from Highbury in 2006. Arsene Wenger was one of the pioneers of the creation the new stadium and thus it is said to be his “child”.
The Arsenal fans came in numbers to pay homage to their departing manager. The Arsenal players also showed great gratitude to their manager after almost annihilating a strong Burnley side. The North Londoners dominated in every area of the pitch and the score line of 5-0 is not flattering to say the least. Arsenal had about 64% possession, and a total of 16 shots with 8 on target compared to Burnley’s 6 and 2 respectively. It was probably the first time in a long time that Arsenal dominated a match through and through this season.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan is slowly but steadily gelling with the team:
Armenian forward Mkhitaryan was one of the hottest properties in world football when he made the switch from Shakhtar Donetsk to Borussia Dortmund in 2013. After a few on and of seasons, he made the switch to the Red half of Manchester in 2016. However, he failed to make too much of an impact, despite winning three trophies last season. And then, the Armenian captain moved to Arsenal in a swap deal with Chilean Alexis Sanchez in winter.
Since his arrival he has not been able to make too much of an impact for his new side, but Sunday’s performance was a sign of things, changing. He linked up well with Alex Iwobi, Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette well enough to terrorise the Burnley defence. Mkhitaryan also came close to scoring himself one more than one occasion.
Aubameyang is a perfect fox in the box:
The Gabonese captain had proved how deadly a box striker he is, while in his time at Borussia Dortmund. He was the top scorer in Bundesliga with 31 goals, majority of which came from inside the box.
After his big money transfer to London, the former St. Etienne forward has kept his scoring boots on. On Sunday he scored two goals appropriate for a striker. He was present at the right place, at the right time to tap the balls in. Aubameyang can be the long time answer to Arsenal’s dismal show in front of the goal, in the seasons to come.