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Clarets winger hoping for big finish at Arsene Wenger's farewell

1 May 2018

Johann Berg Gudmundsson is relishing the prospect of being part of Arsene Wenger’s Emirates Stadium send-off.

But the Clarets' wingman insists Burnley won’t be going there just to make up the numbers as invited guests when the curtain goes down on the Frenchman’s illustrious Arsenal career.

Burnley’s visit to the Gunners on Sunday will mark Wenger’s last home game as manager after 22 trophy-laden years in charge of the North London club.

Gudmundsson paid tribute to Wenger's time in the Premier League but will be doing what he can to prevent him enjoying a winning home finale.

“He raised the bar many years ago and the players he brought in raised the bar of the league,” said the on-song Gudmundsson, who is finishing the season with a flourish.

“He’s been a fantastic manager. The last few years have not worked the way he wanted, probably, but the things he’s done in the past have been amazing.

“We know it’s going to be a great occasion and we want to be part of that.

“It’s just a nice game to be involved in. We know the atmosphere is going to be great. It’s going to be emotional, probably for the fans, and for Arsene Wenger as well.

“We are just going down there to do a job and that’s to get the best result possible.”

A win for the Clarets in their last away game of the campaign would lift Sean Dyche’s men level on points with sixth-placed Arsenal as both home in on Europe.

The Gunners – who face the second leg of their Europa League semi-final away to Atletico Madrid on Thursday night ­– have already guaranteed a place in next season’s competition, unless they go on to lift the cup and gain entry into the Champions League.

The Clarets are as good as there as well, as they hold a six-point and 15-goal advantage over Everton going into the final two games.

But Burnley still want a big finish and Gudmundsson is looking to sign off a superb season on the road on a high.

“We believe we can do it against the big clubs,” added the Iceland international, who has helped Dyche’s men take points at Chelsea, Tottenham, Liverpool, Manchester United and Everton.

"They are always tough games and we will probably be defending for much of the games but it’s what happens when you get the ball.

“Can you affect the back four of the opposition? We have done that quite well and we are going to be looking at that against Arsenal as well.”


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