MX23RW : Monday, June 14 19:31:02| >> :120:5111:5111:
May 12, 2019 at 3pm UK at Turf Moor
Attendance: 21,461
Barnes (65')
FT(HT: 0-0)
Aubameyang (52', 63'), Nketiah (94')

Unai Emery gave Arsenal stars Friday off

Unai Emery gave Arsenal stars Friday off
© Reuters
The Gunners' chances of finishing in the top four of the Premier League are realistically out of reach.

Arsenal head coach Unai Emery gave his players the day off on return from their Europa League semi-final success in Valencia.

The Gunners secured a 4-2 win at the Mestalla to set up a clash with rivals Chelsea in the final in Baku on May 29.

Having been held at home by Brighton last weekend, Emery’s side travel to Burnley for their final game of the Premier League season knowing a top-four finish is realistically out of reach.

They need to win at Turf Moor and hope Champions League finalists Tottenham lose at home to Everton, with an eight-goal swing, to end Emery’s first season in fourth.

Instead, their best chance of securing a Champions League return of their own is to win the Europa League, with Emery admitting some of his stars will need a break this weekend.

“We arrived home at 06:00 (on Friday) and we cancelled training because it’s important to rest,” he told

“On Saturday, we are going to prepare for Sunday’s match but I am going to decide with the players who are hungry and in good physical condition to play this match.”

Arsenal beat Burnley 3-1 at the Emirates Stadium earlier in the season but were pushed by the Clarets and Emery expects another test this weekend.

“We struggled a lot here against Burnley. I remember this match and I watched it two weeks ago when they drew with Chelsea.

Arsenal won 3-1 against Burnley earlier in the season but had to battle for victory
Arsenal won 3-1 against Burnley earlier in the season but had to battle for victory (Jonathan Brady/PA)

“It was a very tough match against Chelsea and I’m expecting the same on Sunday in Burnley.

“We are going to play with the idea of imposing our gameplan, our capacity and our team against them.

“We know it’s going to be a difficult match with long balls, second actions and set-pieces, so we need to defend well in these situations.”

ga('create', 'UA-72310761-1', 'auto', {'name': 'pacontentapi'});
ga('pacontentapi.set', 'referrer', location.origin);
ga('pacontentapi.set', 'dimension1', 'By Mark Mann-Bryans, Press Association Sport');
ga('pacontentapi.set', 'dimension2', '078a0a5f-c605-4309-954e-8817d3c6807c');
ga('pacontentapi.set', 'dimension3', 'paservice:sport,paservice:sport:club-news,paservice:sport:football,paservice:sport:uk,paservice:sport:world');
ga('pacontentapi.set', 'dimension6', 'story');
ga('pacontentapi.set', 'dimension7', 'composite');
ga('pacontentapi.set', 'dimension8', null);
ga('pacontentapi.set', 'dimension9', 'sport:football');
ga('pacontentapi.send', 'pageview', { 'location': location.href, 'page': (location.pathname + + location.hash), 'title': 'Unai Emery hopes rested Arsenal stars are focused for difficult Burnley clash'});

ID:358925: cacheID:358925:1false2false3false:QQ:: from db desktop :LenBod:restore:6966:
Restore Data
Share this article now:
Did you know...?
Read more about Unai Emery Football

rhs 2.0
Euro 2020 fixtures
Tuesday, June 15, 2021
Wednesday, June 16, 2021
Thursday, June 17, 2021
Friday, June 18, 2021
Todays Game Header Right
CManchester CityMan City38275683325186
2Manchester UnitedMan Utd382111673442974
5Leicester CityLeicester382061268501866
6West Ham UnitedWest Ham381981162471565
7Tottenham HotspurSpurs381881268452362
9Leeds UnitedLeeds38185156254859
11Aston Villa38167155546955
12Newcastle UnitedNewcastle38129174662-1645
13Wolverhampton WanderersWolves38129173652-1645
14Crystal Palace38128184166-2544
16Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton38914154046-641
RWest Bromwich AlbionWest Brom38511223576-4126
RSheffield UnitedSheff Utd3872292063-4323

Subscribe to our Newsletter

Transfer Talk Daily
Match previews - twice weekly
Morning Briefing (7am UTC)
Ultra close-up image of Kevin De Bruyne [NOT FOR USE IN ARTICLES]Get the latest transfer news, match previews and news direct to your inbox!