Arsenal hammered Stoke 4-1 at the Britannia to close the gap to Liverpool to just one point.
Olivier Giroud netted his 11th and 12th goals of the campaign to ensure Arsenal are hot on the heels of their top four rivals.
Despite taking all three points, Arsene Wenger faced further fan protest during the match. This time around saw a plane fly over the Bet365 Stadium carrying an anti-Wenger banner.
Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil also made the scoresheet to ensure Arsenal’s first win in seven at Stoke.
Mark Hughes will be disappointed with the performance of his side who have now slipped to 13th in the table.
Here’s what the 4-1 thumping at Stoke taught us…
Giroud approaches ton
The Frenchman is now on 98 goals for Arsenal, two from joining the 100 club. The 30 year-old is only bettered by 17 Arsenal players who have reached the prestigious feat.
Arsenal fans have endured a turbulent relationship with the striker who often frustrates. He may not be the prolific goal scorer we crave, but he consistently adds important goals and has proven his worth over the years.
Main Men Firing
Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil both found the net in Saturday’s win. The pair set the tone from kick-off influencing the game from the outset. Arsenal have heavily relied on Sanchez’s goals this season in particular.
The Chilean’s sublime through ball to Ozil was only bettered by the German’s silky dink for Arsenal’s second. If the duo do remain with the club beyond this season, it’s vital Arsenal recruit more players of their calibre.
The youngster impressed after regaining his place in the side at the expense of Oxlade-Chamberlain’s injury.
Bellerin played his part in the opener, picking out Giroud to set Arsenal on their way.
The Spaniard was applauded by Arsenal’s travelling fans as he made his way down the tunnel at the final whistle.
Message plane and simple
Another anti-Wenger plane circled an Arsenal game this week. The plane carried the message “Wenger -Out means out!!”.
Many have criticised Arsenal fans for being fickle, though in spite of the good form, it seems some are sticking to their guns regarding their position on the manager’s future.
Others would argue that the slogan shown to a manager who has given so much for the club is totally disrespectful.
As good as Arsenal were, Mark Hughes’ side were poor. The fired up crowd were quickly subdued by the lack of intensity from their team.
It seems the Stoke side are already on their holiday sun beds and now unlikely to finish in the top 10. No doubt under pressure Hughes will require some backing this summer to reinvigorate his squad