“Kroenke out, fans in,” read a billboard opposite the Emirates, but on this occasion there was a seat for those on both sides of the Arsenal divide. Josh Kroenke, the club director and son of its heavily under-fire owner Stan, joined 10,000 supporters inside the ground and witnessed a game that bred few easy conclusions.

For most of the second half it seemed likely to result in two broadly favourable outcomes: European football next season, albeit in the Conference League, and a finishing position above Tottenham. In the end Spurs’ late show at Leicester put paid to both and Arsenal were left to mull over a campaign that, despite this winning finale, will only be remembered unhappily.

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