Did Burnley lie down for Arsenal because they had nothing to play for?

We all thought that Burnley would be going all out for the points yesterday seeing as they were just three points below us before the start, and were fighting for a Europa League place, but they made Arsenal look like the superstars they should be and let the Gunners walk all over them.

Admittedly the Gunners were ‘doing it for Wenger’ and were right at the top of their game with an improved line-up, but after the game Sean Dyche revealed that Everton’s draw on Saturday meant that the Clarets had already qualified for the Europa. He said: “I think Arsenal raised their performance considerably today, but we came into the game on the back of yesterday’s news that we’d qualified for the Europa League. That meant all of a sudden we had nothing to play for and I think that showed. Players are human after all, and then if you add in what it stood for today, for Arsène and the whole occasion, we couldn’t find a performance.

“We lost Ashley Barnes early on, which didn’t help and we’re waiting on news from the hospital about an injury to his shoulder/collar bone, but that’s not to take anything away from Arsenal. They were good and really turned up, but we just lacked that edge we play with. You need that edge, particularly when you play the big sides, but we just didn’t have it today and I understand that.

“These big sides can hurt you on any given days and sometimes reality bites. Today it did. You have players out there who are £50m and £60m a throw and they are top class. We are still developing players and trying to turn them in to better players, but that takes time and you have to take a few knocks along the way.”

So the combination of the lovely weather, the most enthusiastic crowd that the Emirates has seen this season, and Burnley not wanting to spoil the day, all conspired in Wenger’s favour to give him a great send off.

Burnley may have had no incentive, but Arsenal definitely put in a masterclass as well!



  1. Liam says:

    I feel aslong as we can get into our opponents box we can score at anytime with Abameyang the mans a predator, all this talk about Salah being the best African is nonsense when that man has smashed it season after season. I’m really confident for next season as Liverpool have shown if you have a 40 plus goal scorer in your squad anything is possible

    1. Rudy Garcia fan says:

      Salah is BY FAR the best African right now.
      Stopped reading after such weird bias.

  2. Otunba007 says:

    Mavropanos is the real deal… He’s so strong and tough and don’t forget he’s sent Lukaku and Barnes to hiding over the past 2 matches he’s started for us.. I love his aggressiveness

    1. gotanidea says:

      We also liked Holding and Chambers when they first came on, therefore we have to see whether this boy would be able to avoid silly errors in the next season or not

      He is taller than Mustafi and Koscielny, looks stronger and faster too. I hope he can be more composed and better in controlling the ball than Mustafi and Koscielny

      1. Midkemma says:

        I still like Holding and Chambers.
        To be honest, I thought Chambers was a waste of money when we first signed him and I have been proud to eat my words since 😛

        I have been suggesting that we only need a replacement for Mustafi next season, sell Mustafi and buy a CB who plays on the right of the back two and get him and Chambers competing, a real leader of a CB so Chambers can learn from and be the understudy… till he develops enough and challenges for the starting spot.

        The new manager and training that comes will make or break the kids, I hope they can get to their best form and keep it, they are talented players.

        1. Rudy Garcia fan says:

          No way will the new manager prefer Chambers to Mavropanos.

          He would have to be British with a jingoistic bias, which is not going to happen.

          Arsenal will hire a manager who’s Portuguese, Spanish, Italian, German, or French.

        2. jon fox says:

          Chambers has pleasantly surprised me too and many others surely over these last few games. So much so, in fact, that I reckon he and Mavropanos will, or should at least, start at Leicester and Huddersfield. SURELY BOTH ARE BETTER THAN “MISTAKE IN WAITING” MUSTAFI.

      2. Ozziegunner says:


    2. Pablo Picasso says:

      Our defense is so bad that each time Mavropanos and Chambers play all my attention is on them.

      Wenger should consider playing Macey in the last games considering we have nothing to play for now. We need to see more AMN in the middle, Eddie and Nelson even for a few minutes.

  3. barryglik says:

    Yes on the weekend
    only Swansea Southampton
    Huddersfield and Arsenal
    had any thing to play for.
    Every one else was sleeping.
    Utd lost to Brighton, Spurs lost to WBA
    Liverpool lost to Chelsea + Man City drew at home to Huddersfield.
    Burnley had nothing to play for and the game counted for nothing because
    both sides are locked into their respective positions on the table.
    Man Sheiki won the league in November and the top 6 was decided by Xmas.
    Since then the relegation scrap between 9 rubbish teams
    has been the only excitement in the PL.
    At Xmas the top 10 teams should become the super league.
    Points should return to zero
    Play home and away 18 games then top 4 semi and then final.
    The bottom 10 should join with the top 10 from the Championship
    and play one round of 19 games with the top 10 making the PL
    meaning any where between 1 and ten teams could gain promotion.

    1. jon fox says:

      Clearly untrue. Before Saturday(Friday in Brightons case) all below 40 points at the time had relegation possibilities. Also Spurs nor Liiverpool are even now sure of CL places and both want third , not fourth. Man City were still after Prem points alltime record and also largest gap over second team, currently held by United on 18 points gap. Your post was just not anywhere nearly properly analysed. Why not do your homework properly before posting false “facts.”
      Your top ten super league is nonsense without a ghost of a prayer of ever happening. Not a wise post , was it?

  4. John says:

    Last Sunday was the proof that arsenal will be competing for the title next season……..with just a few additions…….a decent coach…….

    1. Phil says:

      The trouble is we always seem to finish well when their is no pressure on us to perform.We need to be able to grind out results away from home as our Home form has been very good and only second to Citeh (I believe)in points won.Saying that you can see immediately that Aubameyang will be a huge plus for us next season and Lacazette is looking the player we all hoped he would be.
      A proven top draw CB and CDM with an out and out winger with pace and we do have a squad to compete.If the finances stretch to a GK of proven class then that’s the icing on the cake.

      1. Midkemma says:

        AFC have the funds to spend an easy £200 million, AFC could afford £300 million…
        It isn’t about AFC affording it, it is if Gazidis will allow that much to be spent, or if the new manager will need to make funds up for sales (Lemar/Alexis).

        I have hope, I do think Gazidis will put his hand into AFC pocket and spend some cash, it’ll be the best way for him to prove he was right… Get a manager and back that manager to win fully.

        Wenger and Gazidis wasn’t a good partnership and I can’t help but believe that affected the transfers, if the CEO didn’t fully trust the manager when saying player X is worth £90 million… Is the CEO going to hand over the money when he doesn’t have the trust?

        Do you allow a man you do not trust to empty the bank on a rebuild or do you make money back on his sales ready for the new manager?

        Not trying to defend Wenger ^.^

  5. Innit says:

    People who think we will challenge with just a few signings are DELUSIONAL
    We need several additions
    We need an almost completely new starting lineup if we want to challenge for the Top spot. We are far behind Spurs, Chelsea, United, City and Liverpool and they will just increase their World class talent

    The only ones that should be allowed in starting lineup are Aubameyang, Lacazette, Mkhitaryan and Monreal/Kolsanic and maybe Bellerin

    None of these players should be in the starting lineup next season if we want to challenge for number 1:

      1. gotanidea says:

        He doesn’t consider Ozil at all LOL

        1. Ozziegunner says:

          Innit, I am sorry but it is delusional to think that Kroenke will supply the funds required to transfer out and replace all the players on your list.
          We should await the arrival of the new manager to assess what deficiencies Arsenal have in the current squad (a number have been identified on justarsenal), those players to be retained, those to be sold/loaned and the targets for Sven to transfer in.
          I personally believe a number on your list will prosper under a new manager.

          1. ThirdManJW says:

            Kroenke probably won’t suddenly be releasing huge funds, but I think the new manager, and board, will be more willing to move players on quickly if they’re not performing/needed, which will raise funds.

    1. E. Anderson says:

      Dude, you do realize we’ve still got Özil on our books…right?

    2. Midkemma says:

      You’re the delusional one.
      STFU and go support spuds, might as well as you clearly do not support AFC while wanting most of it gone.

      1. jon fox says:

        Decent people should never be saying to fellow fans things like” STFU and go support Spuds.” That is just incredibly arrogant and plain nasty. Disagree by all means and give your reasons. PEOPLE WILL JUST MARK YOU DOWN AS AN OAF IF YOU CONTINUE USING “STFU” and the like. I am sure you can do better than this , so why not try? Suggest you look up democracy in a dictionary and study what it means . And why too!

        1. Midkemma says:

          I am not claiming to be a decent person, decency is… subjective.

          Democracy. I know it, I know it well, do you?

          Let’s see, you know that the UK isn’t a true democracy!
          Ooooh, bet you thought it was 😉

          Check it, we are a constitutional monarchy.

          We done?

          1. Phil says:

            Mate you really do have an attitude problem.One thing we do have in this country is BREEDING.Seems you missed out on this along the way

          2. jon fox says:

            God, I pity any one who has to live with you. I have zero intention of wasting any more of my time on such as you. You don’t even want to be decent. How sad. For YOU!

    3. Break-on-through says:

      Innit, sure I think only 6 of them are first team starters, out of 19 players. So you named 13 players that aren’t starters and said they should not be in the starting line up??? Lol.

      Kos is finished so needs replacing, Wilshere is playing only because Cazorla was injured, so need replacement. That takes care of 2.

  6. Sue says:

    It said online that Burnley need 1 point from their remaining games to secure Europe (that included yesterday’s game) so I think they had something to play for!!

    1. Midkemma says:

      Everton drew the day before and that draw gave them 49 points.
      Burnley before the game was on 54 points.

      Everton has 1 game left, if they win then that is 3 points, taking them to 52.

      52 points couldn’t take them above Burnley who are on 54.

    2. Ozziegunner says:

      Also Sue, if Burnley had beaten Arsenal they would have been in a position to qualify directly for the Europa League. Now they have go into the prequalifying tournament from 28 July until 30 August 2018. Thus like Arsenal they had plenty to play for.

      1. Sue says:

        Ok so they’re sorted then!! Thanks for clearing that up Ozzie ?

  7. fabi says:

    Arsenal performed well because there played without pressure and the players were self motivated. iwobi was class in his preferred position, the Greek boy and chambers bodes well for the future……..a quick reminder almighty Espanyol scored two goals against the same Alteco Madrid that we could only muster one shot on target against at the same venue

    1. Midkemma says:

      Not a nice result for AM, they needed the points to help secure 2nd spot, now RM can catch them if they win their game in hand.

  8. Liam says:

    I think Ramsey Ozil Mustafi Cech Welbeck Xhaka El neny all have a part to play still Cech in a motivational coaching role but still the cup keeper. Real football isn’t like FIFA you can’t replace a whole team in one season they wouldn’t gel and it would be a disaster. Plus we haven’t got the funds to buy what we need then replace all these players. I feel 5 first team players are required but they don’t all have to be the first 11.

  9. Mobella says:

    if Burnley loses their last match by at 3 goals and Everton wins that is bye bye to Europa. Is that have nothing to play for. it funny how we always find a way to undermine the team good result

  10. Mobella says:

    If Everton win their last two games. As it stand Burnley is through to the Europa qualifier but that it is not have nothing to play for. a win yesterday will have taken them half way to automatic qualification. So they do have sth to play for.

  11. abyat says:

    It see who the new manager will
    be. then we know if gazid will spent or not

  12. Break-on-through says:

    I think they just got caught up in the atmosphere, even their fans were brilliant the way they played along to the tune. It was almost like they didn’t want to insult us by playing 11 men defending and being overly aggressive. They came out but didn’t really throw themselves into the challenges. It was not like Burnley, maybe they got caught up in the party atmosphere and lost concentration. Also teams do tend to wind down a bit at this time of season, they prob lost whatever bit of confidence they had and just went with it.

  13. Grandad says:

    Apart from Beleik virtually all the players on loan should be moved on along with Ospina,Mustafi,Wilshere and Czech.Due to his long term injury I would also say goodbye to Carzola who in my view was superior to Ozil who s future must also be in doubt.Was he missed in the games with Man Utd and Burnley? I think not.

  14. Musdon says:

    Mavropanos has performed better than Chambers and Holding did in their opening games for arsenal

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