Ashley Barnes set a new club record as he ended his best Premier League season yet on a high.
Barnes’ goal against Arsenal gave him a total of 13 for the season as he finished joint leading scorer with strike partner Chris Wood.
And his 12 in the league set a new Premier League mark for the Clarets – eclipsing the 11 Danny Ings scored in the 2014/15 campaign.
“It's like a bit of a fine wine. I’m getting better with age!” laughed the 29-year-old who is Burnley’s top scorer in the Premier League era with a total of 32.
“I’m delighted with that, but I just need to keep working hard.”
Barnes headed in a cross from substitute Johann Berg Gudmundsson to reach his personal milestone.
But his second goal of the season against the Gunners wasn’t quite enough to set up a successful comeback as Arsenal held onto the lead given them by Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s double before completing a 3-1 victory with the last kick of the game through substitute Eddie Nketiah.
“We’re delighted how the season has turned around in the second half,” added Barnes, whose nine goals since the turn of the year were instrumental in helping Sean Dyche’s side climb out of the bottom three to finish 15th in the table.
“We couldn’t get anything today, but I thought we did well.
“Unfortunately, they just showed a little bit more quality and took their chances.
“We had quite a few in the first half that maybe we should have put away.
“When it was 2-1 we still had opportunities to go and get the equaliser, but unfortunately they just killed us off at the end.
“But overall, our main aim was to stay in the Premier League and that’s what we achieved so amazing credit to all the lads, all the staff, the fans and everyone.”