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Vokes Aims To End On A High

Striker frustrated by Arsenal defeat but proud of Euro finish

6 May 2018

Sam Vokes wants to bow out on a high and celebrate the Clarets’ place in a Europe after getting over the disappointment of an Arsenal high-five.

The Gunners sent Arsene Wenger off in style in his last game in charge at the Emirates Stadium as they beat Burnley 5-0.

Vokes admitted it was an uncharacteristic performance from Sean Dyche’s side, which went 2-0 down just before half-time and then shipped three more goals after the break.

But the striker – who carried Burnley’s greatest threat after replacing the injured Ashley Barnes – insisted the heaviest defeat of the campaign should not take the gloss off a memorable season which ends at home to Bournemouth next Sunday with the Clarets already guaranteed a place in the Europa League.

“It’s amazing. I’ve been at the club for six years now and the progress on and off the field has been huge,” said Vokes.

“To top that off with European football is something we couldn’t have dreamed of years ago.

“It’s exciting times and we look forward to coming back in pre-season and cracking on with that.

“The fans have been brilliant and for us to have a home game as the last game is a great chance for us to end the season on a high and go into the summer having achieved a great season.

“Take today out of it and it’s great that we have sealed that seventh place now for next year.

“It shows how far the club has come and it would be great to finish it in style next week.

“It’s been a great season all round and we still have one game to end it on a high.”

The Clarets still had a mathematical chance of catching the sixth-placed Gunners, who celebrated the end of Wenger’s 22 years in charge.

Despite a dip in the club’s fortunes which will see Arsenal occupy their lowest finishing position under Wenger, the Londoners have still won 23 homes games in all competitions this season.

And they had too much on the day for the Clarets who were unable to replicate the kind of form that has seen them secure seven away wins in a best league placing since 1974.

“It was a frustrating afternoon for us,” added Vokes.

“There was a lot going on here today. It was a massive day for Arsene Wenger but when the whistle went we wanted to give it everything and I don’t think we showed what we’ve been showing all year – especially away from home.

“We have been top class and I don’t think we really gave a good account of ourselves.

“It’s been a fantastic season for us, which I think is why we’re so gutted. It’s not really us and the Burnley way to go under like that.

“It was a game we shouldn’t let go that much, but Arsenal were different class and it was a tough day for us. They are a top-class team and they showed that on all levels.”

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