BR’s pre-match predicted the day’s path with Burnley facing both a glorious tsunami of emotion and wave upon wave of breathtaking Arsenal attacks. Could the joint third meanest defence in the league stand up to the onslaught? Would the finger in the Dyche prove capable of holding back the torrent? The wonderful sunshine at the Emirates was the perfect backdrop to the guard of honour, a farewell befitting the great man.
Early on Alex Iwobi jinked his way through like a slalom skier and we knew we were in for a treat. Auba’s first goal looked similar to umpteen goals he scored for Dortmund. Someone who anticipates a driven cross has been something we’ve lacked for ages – we don’t anymore. The assist from Lacazette was superb.
The ball fizzed down Burnley’s left flank time and again, Micki firing over before a Bellerin cut-back was smartly dispatched by Laca’s left foot volley.
At the start of the second period, Vokes tamely headed the ball straight at Cech – this was the only Burnley chance I can remember; though copious pre-match libation may have something to do with that.
A spanking left foot piledriver from The Beast after superb work from Jack, got the second half properly underway. Fred’s favourite, Iwobi, soon followed up with the 4th goal from an Auba cross. The rout was complete with my favourite finish of the day, Auba diverting Hector’s cross past the keeper with a delicious outside of the foot touch.
As BR said yesterday, the 90 minutes in between honouring Arsenal’s greatest ever manager were always destined to be a sideshow, but what a glorious sideshow it was, wholly befitting a man who helped to transform and revolutionise both Arsenal’s football and football in England in general.
A pre-booked train meant that we could not stay for the after match festivities. I’ll have the chance to savour AW’s final Emirates moments later on today.
Thanks for being such a massive part of my life for so many years, Arsene.
Cech – Almost a spectator he saw so little of the ball … 8
Bellerin – Loved the sunshine and provided two fine assists … 9
Mavropanos – Another fine game, looks a big old unit with skill, class and composure … 8
Chambers – Looks to have found the quality that Arsenal shelled out for in the first place … 8
Kolasinac – Spanking goal, looked comfortable … 8
Wilshere – A vast improvement on recent form … 9
Xhaka – In a game like this Granit looks perfectly at home to orchestrate the midfield … 8
Iwobi – Revelled in the sunshine, corking goal too … 8
Mkhitaryan – great skill, passing and passion to drive forward, part of a new attacking golden triangle … 9
Aubameyang – Two excellent goals, great wing play … 9
Lacazette – Left footed peach and right footed assist, next season should be good … 9
Ramsey/Welbeck – both enjoyed their late arrival to the party – 8
Mertesacker – even in his short time at the club he’s proved to be a true Arsenal man and got the send off as a player he deserves – 9
Big Weng – Thanks man – 10
Just the most perfect day up The Arsenal.