Unai Emery gave Arsenal players day off after Europa League heroics

Unai Emery gave his Arsenal players a day off after reaching the Europa League final on Thursday.

The Gunners beat Valencia 4-2 in their semi-final second leg to set up a May 29 clash with Chelsea.

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But a testing trip to Burnley awaits on the final day of the Premier League season on Sunday, with Emery’s side expected to finish fifth. It would take an unlikely eight-goal swing for Arsenal to overtake fourth-placed Tottenham.

Emery told the club’s website: “We arrived home at 6am (on Friday) and we cancelled training because it’s important to rest.

“On Saturday, 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.”


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The Gunners secured a 3-1 win over Burnley at the Emirates in December thanks to a Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang double.

But Emery is expecting a tough test from the Clarets, who drew 2-2 with Arsenal’s Europa League final opponents Chelsea last month.

He added: “We struggled a lot here against Burnley. I remember this match and I watched it two weeks ago when they drew with Chelsea.

“It was a very tough match against Chelsea and I’m expecting the same on Sunday in Burnley.

“We are going to play with the idea of imposing our game plan, our capacity and our team against them.

“We know it’s going to be a difficult match with long balls, second actions and set-pieces, so we need to defend well in these situations.”

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