Arsenal warmed up for the FA Cup final against Chelsea with a 3-2 win over Watford on the final day of the Premier League season.
The visitors knew they had to win and hope that results elsewhere went their way, but Arsenal effectively ended their faint chances by scoring three times in the first 33 minutes.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang netted twice, with Kieran Tierney scoring his first goal for the club.
Watford did rally and pulled a goal back from the penalty spot through Troy Deeney after David Luiz’s foul on Danny Welbeck.
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The former Arsenal striker then made it 3-2 in the second half after connecting with an Ismaila Sarr cross.
Speaking after the game, Gunners boss Mikel Arteta admitted he was not happy at the way his side dropped off after going ahead.
“It was a really tough game. The level of urgency they had is not what we had,” he said.
“After going 2-0 up you think this is going to easy but that’s a big mistake because without the ball we weren’t at the races.
“In certain aspects of the game I didn’t like what I was watching. I tried to correct that.”
The match may have been a dead rubber for Arsenal in terms of European qualification, but there was still personal achievements on the line for Gunners skipper Aubameyang.
The Gabon international was still in the running to retain his Premier League Golden Boot, but had to score three goals to draw level with Leicester’s Jamie Vardy, who led the race on 23 goals before Sunday’s games.
After netting his first against Watford from the penalty spot, one Arsenal supporter took to social media to point out Alexandre Lacazette’s celebration with Aubameyang.
Lacazette can be seen running over to his strike partner and visibly pointing out that he required another two goals to draw level with Vardy.
Although Aubameyang netted a second, he would narrowly miss out on the accolade by one goal.
Following the match, Aubameyang’s father appeared to drop a hint about the striker’s future.
Aubameyang’s contract at the Emirates Stadium expires at the end of next season, with fears from supporters that the 31-year-old could be sold in the summer transfer window to prevent losing him on a free.
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