Top four chasing Arsenal hosted an already relegated Sunderland at the Emirates Stadium in the penultimate game of the season. With a slim chance of scraping into the league's top four, Arsene Wenger and his men went into the game knowing anything less than three points would rule them out of joining the Europe's elite in next season's Champions League.
Wenger sticks with three at the back
The north London club have been playing with a some swagger since Arsene Wenger changed his philosophy to adopt a formation with three centre-backs. Following the news that Laurent Koscielny needs daily treatment on his Achilles injury for the rest of his career, Wenger opted for a back three of Nacho Monreal, Shkodran Mustafi and Rob Holding. The trio, supported by wing-backs Kieran Gibbs and Hector Bellerin, won't have had an easier game this season. Soon-to-be hot property in the transfer market Sunderland striker Jermain Defoe and his strike partner Fabio Borini were kept quiet for virtually the whole 90 minutes. Englishman Holding, who signed for the Gunners last summer from Bolton, has impressed towards the back end of the season. His composure and consistency in defence has earned him some well deserved plaudits this season and he should be rewarded with a further chance to shine when the new campaign starts in August.
Sanchez and Ozil pulling the strings
The key to Arsenal's success next season will depend on whether they keep Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil at the Emirates. Throughout the game, but particularly in the second-half, David Moyes' men struggled to deal with the skill, awareness and movement of the forwards. The Chilean's first goal was a right-footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal. The No.7 combined brilliantly with Ozil to put the Gooners in front, as the two continue to look liberated by Arsenal's change of formation in recent times.
Sanchez struck again nine minutes later to double the lead and add to his tally by with a header following an Arsenal corner kick. Sanchez now has 23 goals, just one fewer than Romelu Lukaku, who he will come up against at the weekend in what could turn into a shootout for who ends up as the Premier League's top scorer this season.
What next for Sunderland and Moyes?
From very few positives for Sunderland to pick out from their trip to the Emirates; David Moyes and the fans would have had a far worse night if it wasn't for the form of Jordan Pickford, who was unlucky to be on the losing side. Arsenal registered 36 shots with 13 of those on target, proving the resilience Pickford needed to ensure his side weren't embarrassed in the capital.
Should Moyes stay in the North East he will have a huge rebuilding job to get Sunderland back in the Premier League at the first time of asking as they look well short of confidence and quality at the moment, and not to mention the fact Pickford and Defoe, the Black Cats' two players of quality will almost certainly leave during the summer.