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Arsenal 5-0 Burnley: 5 Talking Points

Rohith Nair
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7.20K   //    06 May 2018, 22:56 IST

Arsene Wenger Guard of Honour Burnley
Arsene Wenger received a guard of honour in his final home game

Arsenal beat Burnley at the Emirates in what was Arsene Wenger's final home game in charge of the Gunners. After 22 years, the French manager will be stepping down at the end of the season and his players ensured he departed with a farewell gift.

Goals from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette, Sead Kolasinac, and Alex Iwobi ensured the north London side collected all three points.

The game wasn't really about the result, though. It was an occasion to celebrate the achievements of Wenger and the 68-year-old fittingly received a guard of honour from both teams prior to kickoff.

Here are the major talking points from the game.


#1 Mesut Ozil's absence did not affect Arsenal

Mesut Ozil Arsenal Burnley
Mesut Ozil was unfit for the Burnley game but was present at the Emirates

When the starting lineups were announced, one name that was noticeably absent was Arsenal's playmaker-in-chief Mesut Ozil. The German was reportedly out with a back problem but he was at the Emirates to support the team and pay tribute to his manager.

However, it did spark a huge debate on whether Ozil really was injured or not. With nothing left to play for this season, many accused the 29-year-old of saving himself for Germany's defence of the World Cup in Russia next month.

In his absence, Alex Iwobi was given a chance to play in the no.10 role in front of Jack Wilshere and Granit Xhaka. The 22-year-old Nigerian wasn't up to the mark with his passing but he did find the top corner in the second half with a well-taken strike.

It was Henrikh Mkhitaryan, though, who stepped up to create opportunities and even get into the box to get on the end of some crisp passes to take shots on goal.

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