CLARETS reporter Tyrone Marshall discusses the talking points from Burnley's 5-0 defeat at Arsenal.


It’s a much needed part of any performance and when it goes missing, as it did for the Clarets on Sunday, it can be costly.

It was unusual to see a Burnley side lacking that ‘edge’, as Sean Dyche called it. Even when there’s nothing on the line this side usually show up.

But with European qualification assured on Saturday night the Clarets just couldn’t find the competitiveness and the intensity to halt Arsenal, who were clearly keen to put on a performance on what was a special day for them.


After a bright start to his Turf Moor career Lennon’s performance levels have dipped in recent weeks.

This could simply be a case of a player signing in January and needing a full pre-season to get used to the demands of the Burnley way. Let’s not forget Robbie Brady had a difficult first few months a year ago before really finding his feet at the start of this season.

Lennon had precious few opportunities to run at Arsenal’s back line on Sunday and was too often found infield. That contributed to the freedom Sead Kolasinac was given down the Gunners left and he proved to be a key player for the hosts.


This was the result Arsenal fans and Wenger would have been desperate for as he said au revoir to the Emirates Stadium.

With free t-shirts on every seat, numerous Arsenal legends in attendance and regular chants of ‘one Arsene Wenger’ the occasion had a party feel.

But with an attendance of 59,540 it wasn’t a full house and there were a few empty seats dotted around, so it seems some Arsenal fans couldn’t bring themselves to say a final farewell.

The man himself looked slightly uncomfortable by the occasion. We now know that his departure wasn’t his idea and as he was serenaded during the game he was often to be found sat on the bench, rarely venturing out to the technical area to soak in the acclaim.


Burnley may have lacked that ‘edge’ on Sunday but Dyche was insistent it will be back at Turf Moor next weekend.

The Clarets sign off a memorable 2017/18 against Bournemouth with nothing to play for, they will finish seventh no matter what happens.

But it will be a time to celebrate a stunning season that has ended in European football and although the Clarets have produced plenty of highs this season, they will want to find another one against the Cherries.

It is only fitting that this season should be signed off with another fine performance and a win.


The battle for top goalscoring honours at Turf Moor on the final day may have been scuppered by injury.

Ashley Barnes and Chris Wood are locked together on 10 goals, with nine each in the league and a cup strike apiece.

But with Wood out with a cut on the top of his foot and Barnes coming off against Arsenal with a shoulder or collar bone injury, both may be struggling to make it for next weekend.

The prize of top goalscorer may be shared.