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After a thumping victory to round off another eventful season, here are five talking points from the final game.
— Golden Granit
For the first time in his career Granit Xhaka bagged a brace, and both goals were rapturously received around the Emirates.
The midfielder – playing his 297th match for us – was loudly cheered when his name was read out before kick-off, and within 14 minutes of the first whistle, he had given the supporters even double reason to sing his name.
His first was a well taken header from a Gabriel Jesus cross, the second stabbed home from close range, and both were typical of the more advanced positions he’s been taking up throughout the season.
He even missed a glorious chance to complete a memorable hat-trick on the half hour, failing to make decent contact from a right wing cross when we placed in front of goal.
It didn’t take the gloss off a fine all-round performance, and cap his best ever scoring season for us – nine in all competitions, and 23 for his Gunners career.
When he was replaced with 15 minutes remaining, the Emirates rose as one for a resounding standing ovation.
— Settled side
Mikel Arteta named the same starting XI that he fielded away at Nottingham Forest, which was entirely in character – we have made the fewest changes between matches of any Premier League side this season.
The boss has made a total of 38 changes throughout the season – an average of one per game – more than 10 fewer than any other side. Chelsea made more that 130 by way of comparison.
A product of the settled line ups throughout the season is that four players featured in all 38 games. Aaron Ramsdale played every minute (the first to do that for us since Wojciech Szczesny in 2011/12), while Gabriel started all 38. Bukayo Saka and Ben White also played in every game. It’s the first time since 1990/91 that we have had four ever-present players for a league campaign.