With the chance to go into third place in the Barclays Premier League, the clash at home with West Brom was an important game for The Gunners.
And after a draw with Crystal Palace, they silenced any critics with a convincing 2-0 win moving Manchester City into fourth place.
But the Emirates stadium was looking pretty sparse. Reports leading into the game suggested as many as 2,500 season-ticket holders had sent back their tickets, with seats on general sale as many stayed at home in protest against a poor season and some unhappy that Arsene Wenger remains in charge after another faded title challenge.
Do the Arsenal fans know they have a game tonight? More empty seats than there is fans.
-- TweetChelseaFC (@TweetChelseaFC) April 21, 2016
There's more noise at the Emirates tonight even with those empty seats...maybe you can just hear the support rather than the moaning #ARSWBA
-- Laura Bolton (@bolt_on10) April 21, 2016
I've never seen so many empty seats at Emirates and it's not b/c of inconvenience, it's b/c of Wenger's lack of hunger for trophies #ARSWBA
-- Yàs (@palista8) April 21, 2016
Arsenal had Alexis Sanchez to thank for both goals, which means he's scored in four consecutive games.
The first goal was after just six minutes - Sanchez turned Sandro before arrowing a low drive past Ben Foster.
Elneny influential in the buildup and Alexis with the amazeballs turn and finish. Now can they win this and arrest the poor form. #AFCvWBA
-- Chaka Simbeye (@chaka_simbeye) April 21, 2016
Think Sanchez and Özil are some of the best inconsistent footballers I've ever seen and I'm an arsenal fan.
-- KIDMAN (@JUST_KIDMAN) April 21, 2016
what a lovely turn Sanchez
-- sherlock hams (@hammertiimee_) April 21, 2016
The second came as Sanchez bent home a precise free-kick through a less-than solid West Brom wall after Aaron Ramsey had been felled by Claudio Yacob.
-- The Football Views (@TheArsenalViews) April 21, 2016
Clinical free kick from sanchez. Wonderful. Something close to genius. Selamat beradu.
-- ELNezemi (@Nazmi1198) April 21, 2016
-- Apurba Biswas (@bapurba009) April 21, 2016
More importantly, contact lens wearers everywhere could sympathise with Olivier Giroud.
-- Geoff Lowdell (@glowdell) April 21, 2016
Giroud having a contact lens issue. Finally, a footballer injury I can relate to.
-- Richard Leighton (@TheArsenalGame) April 21, 2016
The referee halting this game because Giroud had lost a contact lens is quite possibly the most Arsenal thing to ever happen
-- Chris Baker (@crubba) April 21, 2016