Arsenal cemented their place in the top four by hammering Bournemouth 5-1 at the Emirates tonight.
Much maligned playmaker Mesut Ozil was in fine form in North London, scoring the opener after just four minutes before laying on an assist for Henrikh Mkhitaryan.
Bournemouth striker Lys Mousset pulled one back on the half-hour mark, but Arsenal captain Laurent Koscielny scored just after half time to kill any hopes Eddie Howe’s side had of making a comeback.
Strike duo Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette then got on the scoresheet to seal the rout and a crucial three points for the Gunners.
Speaking after the game Arsenal boss Unai Emery praised his side’s intensity and was pleased with the atmosphere within the Emirates.
“We work like we did in the last matches with intensity. After 2-0 their goal can give us a problem but I think we show maturity in this moment by continuing to push. Today with our supporters here, we had a good atmosphere,” Emery told the BBC.
“It is important these three matches we play here. In a short time, we keep the performance with different players. We play with intensity. It is good for the team and for this moment. Some players today can rest, with the derby on Saturday.”
Arsenal remain in fourth place after tonight’s win, and play the team above them in the table and arch rivals Spurs in the North London Derby at Wembley this coming Saturday.