Arsenal strengthened their grip on the top four with a 3-0 win over West Ham United.
Arsenal recorded a resounding 3-0 win over London rivals West Ham United on Saturday, strengthening their position in the top four.
A first-half effort from striker Olivier Giroud and a late goal from Aaron Ramsey put the game beyond the Hammers who were for the most part outclassed by their hosts.
But before the final whistle, French international Mathieu Flamini popped up in the visitors’ penalty area and subsequently notched his first goal of the season.
The Gunners’ third had no bearing on the result, yet it was a landmark goal as Flamini became the North Londoners’ 15th goal-scorer of the season – a tally greater than any other Premier League outfit.
15 - Arsenal have seen 15 different players score for them in the Premier League this season; more than any other team. Spread.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) marzo 14, 2015
It’s great credit to Arsene Wenger’s side and highlights both the squad’s great depth and the attacking quality it has running through the team.
Aside from their impressive goal-scoring feat, the Gunners’ victory over the Upton Park outfit brought about another remarkable milestone, and one which has been overlooked.
It was their eighth successive Premier League victory at the Emirates stadium, a record last matched in November 2005 – the same season Wenger’s side reached the Champions League final.
8 - Arsenal have won eight consecutive home league games for the first time since November 2005. Fortress.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) marzo 14, 2015
Following their defeat at home to Monaco, pundits and observers alike were quick to criticise, but it’s easy to forget just how good the Gunners have been over the past few months.
Their recent run has seen them surge up the Premier League table and with an FA Cup semi-final awaiting, this season still has the potential to be a major success despite their potential European setback.