An experimental side designed to give some of the old boys a rest – could the reshuffled selection stand up to Sean Wagner’s boot boys?
Chances at both ends – Auba hit the post with a crafty effort off his shoulder – the loathsome Barnes fluffed one straight at the keeper before Wood hit the post from a shot that Leno had covered. 🙂
Willock nearly produced a wonderful finish from a spin and shot which just drifted wide.
The unlucky Mavro’s body failed him again and Kos didn’t get the rest he had been promised. Mav needs the 6 million Dollar Man treatment.
The good guys went into the lead when Ben Mee ( a distant relation of our Bertie) tried a stepover allowing Auba to race through and slot past the keeper.
Less than ten minutes later and it was two. Wobbly floated a delightful chip to the far post and Auba explosively lashed it into the net.
Some Keystone Cops defending led to Burnley pinching one back – still celebrating going two up, maybe.
The excrescent Ashley Barnes attempted to maim Koscielny by shoving him into the advertising hoardings. Sadly the days of meathead thuggery on the pitch are not yet over.
Auba could have won the Golden Boot outright when Mkhitaryan set him up beautifully in front of goal but he got too much on it, diverting it wide of the post. Another spin and shot from Pierre sailed over the bar.
Eddie scored the third and final goal in injury time, sneaking the ball through Heaton’s legs. Eddie, Eddie, Eddie!
An away win which was a bit like closing the stable door after the top four place had bolted.
Still, at least we didn’t buckle to Sean Wagner’s side as might have been expected. Burnley had one toe in the Mediterranean and Arsenal were planning how to get to Baku in the shortest time possible. Just imagine if DB10 was still playing and the final was in Azerbaijan, he’d have to leave now to get there by car.
Leno – made some good stops, did some sweeping too – a fine end to a fine League season – Prime Bratwurst … 8
Lichtsteiner – nothing too great, nothing too bad – ready for his cardigan – Swiss cheese … 6
Mustafi – a creditable performance from the bulldog-jawed German – slack for the goal but it wasn’t only down to him – Schlachtplatte … 7
Mavropanos – looked a little uncomfortable even before his injury – needs some new body parts if he’s to fulfil his potential – Taramasalata … 6
Monreal – brightened up the left flank with Iwobi – defended with his customary resolution – Carne de Cabra … 7
Elneny – there should be a verb ‘to elneny’ which means you did what everyone expected of you, no more no less – Falafel … 6
Guendouzi – starting to recapture the joy he played with at the start of the season – Mille-Feuille … 7
Mkhitaryan – seemed to have his Baku travel plans on his mind – shame Auba didn’t convert his one really telling contribution to the match – Ghapama … 6
Willock – he’s definitely on the verge of moving up to first team level – just needs a little bit extra to turn him into the Full English Breakfast … 7
Iwobi – a perfect game for Alex and he showed what a fine player he can be – homemade scones with clotted cream and jam … 8
Aubameyang – the man is red hot at the moment and firing on all cylinders for the 29th … Spicy Carp Soup … 9
Koscielny – another fine performance when unexpectedly called upon early – so pleased Barnes didn’t hurt him – Steak au Poivre … 7
Nketiah – you could see his excitement at being given a half hour in a Prem game – Apple Sauce … 7
Emery – a win and some players rested – job done – Patatas Bravas … 8
Sean Wagner – thuggery, brutality and the new Stoke (even signed Crouch) – Spotted Dick … 3
Dean – gets a 5 for not ruining the game completely for a change.