Arsenal left Burnley yesterday after a 3-1 win yesterday, coming into Luton airport 12.30 flight, and sitting beside Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was the 2018-19 Golden Boot.
Sadly, the striker’s goals weren’t quite enough to guide the Gunners towards top four salvation, our recent run of form had wild dogs cry out in the night with frustration as we ended up in fifth place, just a single point behind Sp*rs.
Making room for an extra passenger on our flight home ✈️
Good to see you made sure to put its seatbelt on too, @Aubameyang7 ?
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— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 12, 2019
Unai Emery is gonna take the time to do the things we never had – a functioning defence, for example – and hopefully he can solve that before we face Chelsea in the Europa League final in Baku.
For Auba though, sharing the Golden Boot with fellow African stars, Sadio Mane (Senegal) and Mo Salah (Egypt) was a real positive.
“It means a lot,” he said. “I am really happy and proud of it. I am sharing this trophy with Mane and Salah. I like these two guys.
“We are representing Africa so it is a good sign for the continent. I am really proud and I have to thank my team-mates for helping me to get it.”
As for his own season in which he scored 31 goals in all competitions, he’s happy enough but the frustration of not achieving Champions League qualification is evident.
“This one was a tough one,” he said. “I would say in truth maybe not the best but I gave everything to try to be in the top four with the team and to get a trophy.
“I am happy with my season, not the best but I am happy. Hopefully I will do better next season.”
Aubameyang can still end this campaign with more goals to his name, the final in just over two weeks will be a chance to win silverware and play in next season’s Champions League which is where the players and fans want to be.
Behind the scenes there are already whispers of some quiet conversations about how the summer rebuild is going to go, as the club anxiously seek to cure what’s deep inside.