Manchester: Arsene Wenger signed off from the Emirates Stadium in style as Arsenal thrashed Burnley 5-0 to guarantee a sixth-place Premier League finish, while Aaron Mooy's Huddersfield took a step towards staying in the top flight with a draw at Manchester City.
Arsenal fans pay tribute to departing manager Arsene Wenger.
In Wenger's final home match as Arsenal boss, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang book-ended the scoring, with Alexandre Lacazette, Sead Kolasinac and Alex Iwobi also finding the back of the net.
The win means the Clarets can no longer overtake the Gunners but any lingering hopes of Wenger's side overtaking fifth-spotted Chelsea were extinguished by the Blues' 1-0 victory over Liverpool at Stamford Bridge.
Meanwhile, Manchester City were kept scoreless for the first time this season in a 0-0 draw with relegation-threatened Huddersfield, slightly puncturing the party atmosphere on the day their players lifted the Premier League trophy.
Manchester City players lift the English Premier League trophy after drawing with Huddersfield Town at Etihad Stadium on Sunday.
The result meant City must wait to break a slew of Premier League records, with the champions still needing two points, one win and two goals to set milestones in a season when Pep Guardiola's side cruised to the title.
The draw was more important to Huddersfield, who moved three points clear of the relegation zone with two games to play – against Chelsea and Arsenal.
City last failed to score a goal in a league game at Etihad Stadium in April last year, a draw with Manchester United. City were held to a goalless draw by Wolves in the League Cup this season, before winning a penalty shootout.
City's players came out to a guard of honour made up of the Huddersfield team as well as players from City's title-winning team from 1968.
On a sunny day, there was a party feel inside and outside the Etihad but City produced one of their sloppiest displays of the season, their final ball lacking and striker Gabriel Jesus barely getting a chance at goal.
In fact, Huddersfield had the better chances – through Chris Lowe and Florent Hadergjonaj in the first half – before defending deeply and obdurately after halftime.
At Stamford Bridge, Chelsea moved within two points of fourth-placed Tottenham after their 1-0 victory over Liverpool thanks to an Olivier Giroud header.
Spurs’ surprise loss at relegation-threatened West Bromwich Albion on Saturday opened the door for Chelsea to close the gap on the top four and they capitalised on that lifeline with an assured performance over the Champions League finalists.
Frenchman Giroud headed what proved to be the winning goal in the 32nd minute, meaning the striker has now scored 17 league goals with his head since the start of 2015-16, more than any other player in Europe’s top five leagues.
Liverpool pressed but Chelsea held on to move within three points of the visitors who are third. On Wednesday, Chelsea have a game in hand over the Merseysiders at home to Huddersfield Town as they bid to set up a thrilling final day next Sunday.
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