Emery allows Arsenal stars to kick back before Europa League glory bid

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Arsenal head coach Unai Emery has given his players a few days’ rest after a gruelling campaign that ended with a victory at Turf Moor — a 3-1 win over Burnley that ensured the Gunners claimed fifth spot in the table (although fourth would have suited them better!).

The time off comes before Emery starts to prepare his charges for the Europa League final against Chelsea at the end of this month in Baku, Azerbaijan. A victory will mean the Gunners can claim a Champions League berth for the upcoming season and in terms of silverware it means it will be a profitable season for the Emirates Stadium outfit.

But backing the Gunners at the bookies this season wouldn’t have been a profitable experience for punters, so says Premier League betting data that charted each team’s weekly progress through the 2018/19 season.

Putting your dosh on Arsenal would have left you out of pocket while, as you might well imagine, punting on Manchester City would have made you a profit. Of course, the new season is already being waited upon with great anticipation and for all the best odds you need to head to Betway Football for all your betting options.

As mentioned, there is one final game of the season ahead for Emery’s men — and it is one to which striker Alex Lacazette is very much looking forward. Reflecting on the 4-2 win in Valencia in the semi-final and the trip to Baku, the French ace told the club’s official website: “We are really happy and proud. We knew in this stadium it was going to be hard because there is a big atmosphere — they were going to push us.

“Unfortunately, we conceded the first goal but we showed character, we showed we can control the game even if we are 1-0 down. We scored a lot of goals and that is good for us.

“We knew in the Premier League we played bad in the last month so we know it was a great opportunity to go to the Champions League but as well it is about trophies. The club needs to win the trophy, the players as well. Last season, we failed at the semi-finals and this season we wanted to be better.”

Lacazette’s form in front of goal has been a huge bonus for Arsenal but even more crucial has been the marksmanship of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who was handed the Golden Boot award (shared with Liverpool’s Said Mane and Mo Salah) for his 22 strikes this term.

And the partnership is one which has flourished and will continue to blossom, says Lacazette. He added: “Now it has been one year and a half that Auba and I have played together. I knew Auba before and we talk a lot, not only about football. When you like someone, you talk a lot and of course on the pitch it is easier. There is no competition, we just want to help the team. He can score 10 more goals than me, it is OK!”