Arsenal conclude their Premier League season with a trip to Turf Moor to take on Burnley on Sunday afternoon, but they will be without a number of players for the contest, and could choose to rest a load more.
The Gunners will be on something of a high heading into the clash with the Clarets, after securing their place in the Europa League final with a fine win in Valencia on Thursday evening, an upcoming assignment which will surely be their only priority from here on in.
Arsenal passed up any realistic chance they have of making it into next season’s Champions League by finishing in the top four when they failed to beat Brighton and Hove Albion last weekend, meaning any chance they have of joining Europe’s elite next term will come through beating Chelsea in Baku at the end of the month.
Gunners boss Unai Emery was understandably delighted at the achievement of his charges in Spain, but looking ahead to the match with Burnley, he has hinted that due to the chaotic recent schedule, changes to his line up are almost inevitable.
“We were very late yesterday. We arrived at 6am and today we cancelled training for today because it’s important to rest. Tomorrow 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.” The Arsenal official website quotes him as saying.
There are five men that Emery will be unable to call on when he selects his Gunners side for the Turf Moor contest. Aaron Ramsey has played his last game for the club due to a hamstring problem, while injury also keeps Danny Welbeck, Hector Bellerin, Denis Suarez and Rob Holding on the sidelines for this encounter.