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.
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.
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.
More importantly, contact lens wearers everywhere could sympathise with Olivier Giroud.