Set against the backdrop of intermittent protests for Arsene Wenger to be replaced at the Emirates after another season in the title shade, Arsenal dug deep to secure a 1-0 win over struggling Norwich City.
In reality things could have got even frostier for Wenger with those disaffected fans had the Canaries taken one of a host of good chances in the first half.
The Gunners failed to register a shot on target in that opening 45 minutes but substitute Danny Wellbeck's decisive goal saw the North Londoners take another step to sealing Champions League football next season.
That is not enough for many Arsenal fans nowadays, though, with sections of the support dotted around the Emirates taking part in a planned protest.
'Time for change' a damp squib?
Gunners fans have been staying away from games in their droves and two of the club's largest supporter groups, The Black Scarf Movement and REDaction, arranged protests in a call for change.
Banners saying "Time For Change. Arsenal is stale - fresh approach needed" were held aloft on 12 minutes, 78 minutes and at full-time.
The timings are in reference to the 12 years since Arsenal last won the Premier League title, having dropped off the pace this season after leading the table at the turn of the year.
The backlash has sparked debate in the football world and now two former Spurs players have waded in with their opinions.
'Maybe Wenger didn't expect it himself'
"It was amazing to see that there was a hell of a lot of support still for Arsene Wenger," Murphy told MOTD.
"After listening to lots of people, I didn't think there was.
"It was (mixed)," Jenas added.
"But there was a lot of fans that stood up, faced the fans that were protesting against Wenger and showed him support and chanting his name and I think it was a big moment for Wenger.
"I think he maybe didn't expect it himself."
Trumping Spurs could appease discontent
Wenger has always insisted he intends to see out the remaining year of his contract next season, as reported by Sky Sports.
But the club's continued failure in the Premier League has been exacerbated by the lack of any silverware this season.
The Gunners moved within two points of rivals Spurs with the victory and a late charge to finish above their arch rivals could go some way to appeasing the unrest.