Alexis Sanchez starred as Arsenal won 2-0 in their Premier League clash against West Bromwich Albion at The Emirates.
The Chilean was a cut above throughout and followed up a stunning turn and long range shot early on with a cunning free kick to take his tally to five in his last four matches.
West Brom have only scored 50 goals in 52 league outings under Tony Pulis and although Gareth McAuley hit the woodwork at 1-0 and substitute Salomon Rondon went close in the second half, they never looked capable of truly upsetting the hosts in front of a subdued home crowd.
The victory sees the Gunners leapfrog Manchester City into third spot as they bid to end what has been a disappointing and trophyless campaign by qualifying for the Champions League for the 19th time in succession.
Finishing higher remains mathematically possible, but is largely improbable as they are five points behind an in-form Tottenham in second, with just four matches to play. Securing Champions League qualification is the major objective for Arsenal now but it is a target that won’t impress a crowd who feel their club should be consistently challenging for the biggest honours.
This victory over the Baggies was secured in front of what was reported to be the lowest attendance since the Gunners’ move from Highbury. The empty seats at kick off were supposed to be indicative of just how frustrated fans have become at Arsenal’s inability to maintain a significant tilt at the title in recent years under Wenger, and while the stadium filled up as the game progressed, it was clear the home faithful are far from happy.
The Frenchman has insisted he will see out his contract and will be hoping that ending the campaign with a flourish will appease supporters who are growing more and more vocal in expressing their disappointment at not giving Leicester City and arch rivals, Tottenham a better run for their money.