Arsenal won 3-1 on the final day against Burnley, in what was essentially a dead rubber since Everton didn’t feel like beating Spurs 6-0.
With Spurs drawing and United losing, nothing that Arsenal did would have changed their league position at the end of the season. Nonetheless, a number of second-string players had the chance to prove themselves ahead of the Europa League final, and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang had the Golden Boot to chase down.
The striker ended up getting the two goals he needed before Burnley pulled one back, but Eddie Nketiah scored his first Premier League goal in injury time to secure the result.
Let’s have a look at our individual player ratings for the match.
Bernd Leno 7
Leno made a few good saves, particularly from one deflected effort when Arsenal were 2-0 up. Unfortunately, that save didn’t count for much, as there was nothing he could do about a close-range header not long afterwards.
The German’s best moment was when he refused to stop running when Ashley Barnes stood in his way to prevent a clearance.
Stephan Lichtsteiner 6
Lichtsteiner had some good moments and some bad ones, and one move where he expertly took on a defender just to float a cross into the goalkeeper’s hands summed it up. He seemed to be up for having a few scraps with Burnley players off the ball though, which was what the occasion demanded.
Konstantinos Mavropanos 6
Mavropanos was performing decently well before injury struck, once again, to force him off. That really has been the story of his season, and let’s hope he can stay fit and play more regularly in 2019/20.
Shkodran Mustafi 8
Mustafi had another good game, and it’s just a shame he’s saved these performances up for when it doesn’t matter anymore. The German won a huge eight aerial duels and made one excellent goalline clearance, as well as winning both of the tackles he attempted, making five clearances and one interception.
Nacho Monreal 7
Monreal did pretty well back in his favoured position on the left. It was crucial that he took Sead Kolasinac’s place after the Bosnian’s injury scare on Thursday, and he did well enough. The Spaniard create one nice chance, completed 92% of his passes and was pretty solid defensively.
Mohamed Elneny 7.5
Perhaps it’s just because there wasn’t much riding on the game, but Elneny looked much better than in other recent appearances. He created three chances, the most of any player bar Iwobi, and his 96% completed passes involved a fair few that actually went forwards.
The midfielder also made a couple of clearances and an interception, though he could’ve done more to block the cross for Burnley’s goal.
Matteo Guendouzi 6
Guendouzi tried to make things happen on the ball, but not much of what he tried really came off. Nonetheless, he was solid enough in possession, it was defensively where he needed to do better. The Frenchman only attempted two tackles and he was dribbled past on both occasions.
Joe Willock 7.5
A lot of fans hadn’t seen Willock play for a while, so many of them were surprised by how well he played in the first half when he was probably Arsenal’s best player. He was only inches away from scoring with a good shot from the edge of the area.
Anyone who follows the u23s would have known about the midfielder’s smart passing and improved physicality since his involvement in the Premier League last year. Shortly after the break, Unai Emery decided to take him off to give Nketiah a chance.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan 7
Mkhitaryan’s passing was better than it has been on a lot of occasions this season, though he did snatch at a couple of chances to shoot. He created one excellent chance for Aubameyang to complete his hat-trick and did his bit defensively as well. Solid performance.
Alex Iwobi 8
Iwobi played a fantastic ball over the top for Aubameyang to score his second goal, and he also set up Nketiah for the third. The winger has faced some questions over his end product recently, so it’s good to see him boosting his assist total to nine for the campaign. He played very well overall.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang 8.5
Aubameyang looked determined to pick up the Golden Boot at the end of the game, finding himself in great positions throughout the 90 minutes and finishing two of his chances very well. He also hit the post and could’ve scored one or two more. If he’s in this kind of form in the Europa League final, Arsenal will have no problem.
Laurent Koscielny 7
Koscielny never really should have been playing this game, and it was a big risk to have him come on in the first half, but Unai Emery didn’t have much choice.
The Frenchman had to take a few big hits from the Burnley players but appeared to come through unscathed, and he led the team in clearances with seven. The centre-back’s passing was very good but he could have been a bit more commanding in the air, not that it mattered in the end.
Eddie Nketiah 8
The only player on the pitch as desperate to score as Aubameyang was Nketiah, who came off the bench to bag his first Premier League goal in the final moments of the match. He also didn’t misplace a pass in his brief appearance and it was a shame not to see the youngster start.