Olivier Giroud celebrates his second goal with assist creator Mesut Ozil/ BBC Sport
Arsenal unexpectedly snubbed a second place finish in the Premier League courtesy of a hat trick from Olivier Giroud against a relegated Aston Villa side.
Arsenal took an early lead when the French Internationals header found the back of the net within 5 minutes from kick off.
Giroud celebrates with team mate Monreal / The Telegraph
The Gunners continued to dominate Villa but could not put the game to bed in the first half. Groans and moans echoed around the Emirates stadium as Arsenal missed countless of opportunities to score.
During the second half, the Arsenal fans were in full noise as news came in that Newcastle were 3-1 up against North London rivals Spurs. This brought the Emirates to light and all of a sudden Arsenal were playing with more confidence with a little help from their 12th man.
It was then Giroud who struck again, gliding home from 6 yards after a beautiful assist from Mesut Ozil.
Just two minutes after, Bellerin hit a slick long ball through finding Giroud, who then completed his second hat trick of the season.
Giroud celebrates his hat trick /The Telegraph
It was then Mikel Arteta who put the red cherry on the pie on his last ever game at the Emirates, when Mark Dunn diverted Artetas ricocheted shot adding further humiliation to Villa.
Mikel Arteta emotional after his last goal and farewells to Arsenal FC / The Independent
News rapidly spread around the Emirates when Newcastle are 5-1 up against Spurs, who unexpectedly fell apart on the last day.
Harry Kane sees another goal in the back of Loris’s net/ The Guardian
‘It’s happened again’ and ‘If you hate Tottenham please stand up’ chants were sung around the Emirates to cap off a fairytale ending to a disappointing season.
By finishing second, the Gunners have now qualified for the Champions League for the 19th consecutive year, but more importantly to all Arsenal fans – 21 consecutive years since Tottenham finished above Arsenal. 21 years and counting…..