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16/05/16
Emirates Stadium
Premier League • Day 38
  • 2nd Half
  • Arsenal
  • Aston Villa
  • Bunn (o.g.)
    90'
  • CazorlaCampbell
    88'
  • ÖzilArteta
    88'
  • Giroud
    80'
  • Giroud
    78'
  • LydenGrealish
    75'
  • WilshereElneny
    69'
  • LescottRichards
    65'
  • 1st Half
  • Arsenal
  • Aston Villa
  • Sánchez
    39'
  • Giroud
    5'
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Premier League - 16 May 2016

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The final whistle goes and the Emirates celebrates. It finishes 4-0 against Villa, but that's not the real story. Arsenal are ending the season above their neighbours once again! Thanks very much for joining me on this dramatic final afternoon, it's been a pleasure.

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GOOOAAALLL!!! It's 4-0 to Arsenal and it's an own goal after Mikel Arteta's shot came back off the crossbar and deflected in off the back of the goalkeeper.

90' 

Arsenal go close to adding a fourth, but Elneny can only find the side netting.

88' 

That's a nice touch by Wenger to give Arteta a final farewell. The Spaniard is calling time on his career after this season.

87'

Ozil and Cazorla are replaced by Campbell and Arteta.

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Make that 5-1. Spurs have capitulated. The Emirates is as loud as it's ever been. The Arsenal fan can barely believe it.

85' 

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Spurs are losing 4-1 to Newcastle. 4-1! Arsenal are going to finish above their rivals for the 21st year in a row.

84' 

Sanchez looks to dink a shot over the keeper, but Bunn gets a touch to divert it wide.

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There are beaming smiles around the Emirates. St Totteringham's day is happening yet again.

81' 

Giroud timed his run to perfection and was expertly picked out by Bellerin's through-ball.

80'

GOOOAAALLL!!! Olivier Giroud has a hat-trick! Party time at Arsenal! 3-0.

80' 

Giroud ran over to celebrate with the departing Arteta, Flamini and Rosicky. That's a nice touch.

79'

GOOOAAALLL!!! Olivier Giroud bags his second of the game to make it 2-0 from an Ozil assist. The Emirates is bouncing.

78' 

The Arsenal fans roar their team on as Villa drop deeper and deeper. The second goal is surely coming...

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Cazorla pulls the trigger inside the area after an incisive Arsenal break, but Bunn makes a comfortable save. 1-0 it remains.

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Wijnaldum has put Newcastle 3-1 up from the penalty spot. The incident that led to the penalty was a clear dive, but that's not going to worry the Arsenal fans.

72'

Elneny blasts a volley over the bar after Alexis' cut-back took a deflection and sat up nicely for the midfielder.

71' 

Sanchez curls a free-kick over the bar from the edge of the box. That was a little bit too close to comfortably get it up and down in time, but Alexis' effort didn't get close enough to even worry the keeper.

70' 

Cazorla threads a pass right across the face of goal, but no Arsenal team-mate gambles and Villa survive. 1-0 it remains.

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Mitrovic has been sent off for Newcastle, who are hanging on to their 2-1 lead over Spurs. A point for Tottenham would see them cling on to second spot.

68'

Richards is going to be okay to continue, but Arsenal have made a change, replacing Wilshere with Elneny.

66'

Richards has only been on the pitch for a couple of minutes, but is down receiving treatment to a head injury after being clattered off the ball by Sanchez. It was unintentional, but the Chile international was at full pace and it's hardly surprising that the defender is in a spot of bother.

64'

Richards does replace Lescott for Villa.

63'

Lescott is down receiving treatment after a series of scrambles inside the Villa box. The centre-back is hobbling and might have to make way. Micah Richards is warming up.

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Erik Lamela has pulled one back for Tottenham at Newcastle. Spurs still trail, but it's 2-1 and both matches are delicately poised.

60' 

Wenger shrugs as a grumble makes it way around the Emirates. 1-0 is a nervous lead.

59' 

It's yet another Villa corner... and yet more panic in the Arsenal defence.

57' 

Villa aren't just going to roll over and are giving Arsenal something to think about. Another corner floats into the Arsenal box, but Lescott's knockdown is punted away.

56' 

Wilshere flaps his arms in disgust as a Cazorla cut-back fails to pick him out. That would have been a golden chance for a second goal.

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Villa fans are doing a conga in the stands as the free-kick causes panic in the Arsenal defender. Wilshere hacks it clear, but that was a shot across the Gunners' bows.

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Bellerin catches Westwood with a lunging challenge. There was nothing malicious about it, but it's a free-kick for Villa in a dangerous area.

51' 

The Arsenal fans can barely believe they didn't get a penalty there. It looked like a blatant push on the striker, although the ball may have already been past him.

50' 

An Ozil cross fizzes across the face of goal and Giroud looks to be pushed, but nothing is given.

48' 

Arsenal are all over Villa at the start of this second half, clearly keen to get the win in the bag.

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Aston Villa get the game back underway.

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Arsenal's Jack Wilshere in action with Aston Villa's Joleon Lescott
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The whistle goes as the players head down the tunnel. Olivier Giroud's header has Arsenal 1-0 up, but it's the news from Tyneside that has put smiles on the home fans as they head for a half-time latte.

44' 

Villa enjoy an extended spell of possession and a murmur of dissatisfaction sweeps around the stands. 1-0 is a nervy scoreline.

42' 

Villa continue to look threatening on the counter-attack, with Sinclair and Ayew linking up nicely, but it seems like only a matter of time before there are goals at the other end.

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What a ridiculous season. Arsenal have flattered deceive for so long, yet still look likely to finish second.

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Newcastle are 2-0 up against Spurs. I repeat, Newcastle are 2-0 up against Spurs. The Arsenal fans are jubilant.

36' 

Villa make a rare forward foray and threaten to get in behind the Arsenal defence, but there's not enough support and Ayew gets crowded out.

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Sanchez almost gets on the end of another through-ball, but is beaten to it by the Villa keeper.

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A clever dink over the top drops for Sanchez, but he fails to make contact with what was a difficult volley to execute.

32'

Arsenal win the ball back high and floated cross finds Wilshere waiting unmarked at the back post. The Emirates rises as the fans wait for the net to bulge, but Wilshere finds the side netting.

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A sublime turn by Sanchez gives himself space for a shot, but his curling effort drifts narrowly wide of the far post.

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It's been too easy for Arsenal in the opening half hour. They've stroked the ball around with little pressure in the centre of the park and have been able to pick out through-balls with alarming regularity.

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Lescott's played pretty well at the heart of the Villa defence to keep the score at just 1-0. It's understandable to see an improvement from him, the pressure's off after all...

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Sanchez is picked out in the box, but the Villa defenders scramble back and force him to turn to the outside. Arsenal continue to pile forward.

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Olivier Giroud celebrates with Nacho Monreal after scoring the first goal for Arsenal
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Giroud lines up an overhead kick but has it taken off his toes at the last second.

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Sanchez goes close to adding a second as the volume at the Emirates goes up a notch. This could turn into a brilliant afternoon for the Arsenal fans.

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Newcastle are 1-0 up against Tottenham at St. James' Park. That means as it stands Arsenal will finish second above their neighbours.

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Cech has looked very shaky in the early stages and spills a high ball, but he gratefully gathers at the second attempt because the Villa players are too slow to react to take advantage.

16'

Giroud (14) is now top scorer for Arsenal this season, leading Sánchez (13).

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Roy Hodgson is in the stands at the Emirates and will no doubt be keeping an especially close eye on Jack Wilshere. He's seen the good and the bad of the midfielder so far - brilliant technical skills on the ball, but a worrying lack of pace and energy defensively.

England manager Roy Hodgson during training
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It's been a wonderfully open game, with Villa showing lots of attacking intent but Arsenal threatening to run riot.

12' 

Villa are all over the place at the back and leave a string of Arsenal plays free from a free-kick. They are queuing up to score, but somehow contrive to just give Bunn a routine save in the Villa goal.

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That's massive news from Old Trafford, but we've got it covered in detail elsewhere on the Eurosport website so I'll get back to the matter at hand...

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Ayew bursts forward and lays a ball across the face of goal, but there's not enough support and Arsenal scramble it clear.

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Aston Villa are on the ropes. The visitors are playing a five at the back, but that's not looked much help so far.

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Arsenal's official twitter account did tell us this was going to happen.

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GOOOAAALLL!!! Arsenal have the lead and it's Olivier Giroud who's got it. Monreal's cross into the box floats towards the Frenchman, but he's left unmarked and makes Villa pay with a powerful header into the bottom corner. 1-0.

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A long punt over the top is brought down by Sanchez, who had somehow escaped the offside trap set for him by the Villa defence. Lescott scrambles back and nicks the ball away from the forward, but it's an Arsenal corner and the hosts are well on top.

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There's something about blazing sunshine and Arsenal that seems to go hand in hand. The Gunners have settled into a comfortable pattern, stroking the ball around in midfield and teasing the Villa defence as they probe for gaps in behind.

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Arsenal get the game underway, kitted out in their traditional red shirts and white shorts. Aston Villa are in their change yellow strip.

15:00 

The players are out at the Emirates and we're all set for kick-off.

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Get in touch with me on Twitter (@tommbennett) with your thoughts about the afternoon's action. I'll share the pick of the tweets here (as long as you keep the language clean).

14:45 

Today is Aston Villa's farewell to the Premier League... but for how long? It's not a good time to get relegated considering the rapid increase in the television money, while a glance at the Villa squad doesn't inspire confidence ahead of a year in the Championship. It would be a crying shame for such a massive club to drop off the top-flight radar.

14:40
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Theo Walcott, who isn't in the matchday squad, has picked up a hamstring strain that will surely confirm his absence from England's Euro 2016 squad.

14:30 

For Arsenal, today is all about St Totteringham's Day. Any Newcastle goal updates on the tannoy at the Emirates will be greeted with big cheers than the action on the pitch. Defeat for Tottenham would give Arsenal the chance to leapfrog into second (as you surely know by now). The Gunners are the only club that Spurs haven't finished above in the Premier League, while Arsene Wenger's dominance over the Lilywhite north Londoners has been frankly astonishing.

14:25 

It's typically glorious weather for the last day of the season.

Why is it always sunny? The same question applies for the FA Cup final.

14:20 

Today is the last matchday at Arsenal for three veteran midfielders - Tomas Rosicky, Mikel Arteta and Mathieu Flamini. Arteta is on the bench, but the other two will be watching on from the stands at the Emirates.

14:15 

Jack Wilshere makes his first start of the season for Arsenal, teaming up with Santi Cazorla - who is making his first appearance in 169 days - and Francis Coquelin in midfield. Just in time for an England call-up?

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