• By Charlie Stong

Gunners start Wenger farewell month in style


Players line up before the start of the second half at the Emirates on Sunday

The players come out for the first half Photo Charlie Stong

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Arsenal began Arsene Wenger’s farewell in style on Sunday lunchtime with what was, in the end, a comfortable 4-1 win over West Ham.

All the goals came in the second half, with left-back Nacho Monreal volleying the Gunners in front before Marko Arnautovic’s leveller.

Three goals inside 10 minutes at the end gave the Gunners the points. First Aaron Ramsay’s drifted cross from the left avaided both defence and the hapless Joe Hart, who watched as the ball nestled in the bottom right hand corner.

Alexandre Lacazette put the icing on the cake with two clinical strikes in the final few minutes. The Frenchman is now really beginning to show his predatory instincts and it bodes well for next season - if only the new boss, whoever that may be, can tighten things up at the back.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang leaves the Emirates in a rainbow Ferrari

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang leaves the Emirates in a rainbow Lamborghini

The win gives Arsenal some breathing space in sixth place ahead of Burnley, who are now four points behind the Gunners after they only managed a 1-1 draw at lowly Stoke.

The victory is the perfect tonic for Arsenal ahead of Thursday’s first leg of the Europa League semi-final against Atletico Madrid at the Emirates. News coming out of the Spanish club this weekend also revealed that Diego Costa, so often a nemesis for the Gunners during his time at Chelsea, will likely miss the game through injury.

Arsenal will be looking to take a good lead to Madrid in what will undoubtedly be their biggest game of the season so far.