Arsenal couldn't overtake Tottenham but had the consolation of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang sharing the Premier League Golden Boot after scoring twice in the Gunners' 3-1 victory over Burnley on Sunday.
BURNLEY, England (AP) Arsenal couldn't overtake London rival Tottenham but had the consolation of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang sharing the Premier League Golden Boot after scoring twice in the Gunners' 3-1 victory over Burnley on Sunday.
Three days after netting a hat trick against Valencia to send Arsenal through to the Europa League final against Chelsea, Aubameyang scored in the 52nd and 63rd minutes to take his league tally for the season to 22, along with Liverpool duo Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane.
Ashley Barnes reduced the arrears at Turf Moor just two minutes after Aubameyang's second but a last-gasp Eddie Nketiah goal secured Arsenal the three points, which were only enough for fifth place with fourth-place Tottenham drawing against Everton.
Arsenal boss Unai Emery knew the Europa League represents a much better chance to clinch Champions League football for next season and only Aubameyang and Nacho Monreal stayed in the starting lineup from Thursday night.
Burnley has been uncharacteristically sloppy at the back this season and it was another poor error that presented the opener to Aubameyang. Jack Cork misjudged a pass back to Ben Mee, the ball skipped off his toe straight to the Arsenal striker and he gave Burnley goalkeeper Thomas Heaton no chance with a cool finish.
Aubameyang made it six goals in eight days and 31 for the season by thumping in Alex Iwobi's cross to double the lead.
Burnley finished 15th.
Tottenham, meanwhile, finished its campaign with a lively draw against Everton on Sunday to secure fourth place.
With third-place Chelsea held to a scoreless draw at Leicester, Tottenham missed out on the chance to finish third for the second consecutive year, settling for the final Champions League berth with 71 points, one behind their London rivals.
Mauricio Pochettino, with one eye on next month's Champions League final against Liverpool, made five changes to the side that pulled off the stunning comeback against Ajax in the semifinal. And it was Eric Dier, one of the replacements, who broke the deadlock in just the third minute when he scored from Eric Lamela's corner.
Everton struggled to respond to the early deficit but eventually equalized through Theo Walcott in the 69th. Cenk Tosun then stunned the home side three minutes later when he scored to give Everton the lead.
But Tottenham wasn't behind long, with Christian Eriksen leveling the scores with a free kick in the 75th.
The draw moved Everton to 54 points and eighth place.