Emery confirm Aubameyang begged to start vs Burnley ahead of Lacazette

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Arsenal star Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang pleaded with Unai Emery for a start against Burnley before his brace at Turf Moor saw him share the Golden Boot with Liverpool duo Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane.

Aubameyang, 29, scored a hat-trick against Valencia on Thursday night to send Arsenal into the Europa League final and the forward’s lethal form continued as he inspired the Gunners to a 3-1 win over Sean Dyche’s side on the final day of the Premier League season.

The Gabonese opened the scoring just after half-time before doubling Arsenal’s advantage in the 63rd minute to take him to 22 goals for the campaign.

Ashley Barnes immediately pulled a goal back for Burnley before Eddie Nketiah finished from a tight angle to secure three points for Emery’s side in the fourth minute of injury time.

Arsenal finish the Premier League season in fifth place, 28 points adrift of champions Manchester City who secured the title with a 4-1 victory away to Brighton.

‘I’m proud of the players and our work because I think we deserved to be fighting for the top four,’ Emery told BBC Sport after the final whistle.

‘At the last moment we didn’t take it but we are closer to the other teams in our progress. We have the Europa League, we can play for one title.

‘High performance today, they worked a lot in a very tough match here. We adapted the game plan and little by little we imposed our idea. A very good 90 minutes for them, us and the supporters.

‘We won and we deserved it. We created chances and in the first half we struggled in moments but this is normal here with the corners and crosses. But we defended well and we could win and could play like we wanted to.’

Emery revealed that Aubameyang was desperate to start against Burnley and sent his congratulations to the forward after he went on to share the Golden Boot with Salah and Mane.

On Aubameyang winning the award, Emery replied: ‘Yes [that was] another target also.

‘We spoke yesterday and he wanted to play today for this opportunity and the team, every player, also were with this commitment to help him if we can.

‘We are really very pleased for him that he reached his target and today I think today we can be happy with him.’

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