Aubameyang shares Golden Boot as Arsenal finish fifth

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s brace helped secure a 3-1 victory over Burnley and fifth place in the Premier League for Arsenal, as well as giving him a share of the Golden Boot.

Aubameyang, who ends the season with 22 league goals along with Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane, struck the post with a header from a free-kick inside just five minutes, though he appeared to handle it in the process.

At the other end, Ashley Barnes was booked for a confrontation with Bernd Leno, but Mike Dean didn’t see a barge by the Arsenal goalkeeper, which would surely have meant a penalty to the hosts. The Clarets went close again twice through Chris Wood and James Tarkowski, with youngster Joe Willock the Gunners’ main threat.

It took just seven minutes into the second half for Arsenal to take the lead through Aubameyang, who stole the ball from Ben Mee and ran through unchallenged.

It was two just past the hour, when Aubameyang volleyed home Mohamed Elneny’s cross brilliantly, but Burnley hit back almost straight away when Barnes headed home from close range.

Aubameyang missed a glaring opportunity for his hat-trick, somehow putting Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s cross wide after great work by substitute Eddie Nketiah, who wrapped up the points with the last kick of the game.

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