It is rare that so much confidence is seen at an Arsenal game these days. It really felt like there was only one way this match was going from the start.

After a crazy few days following Arsene Wenger’s surprise announcement that he would be leaving Arsenal football club at the close of this season, it really felt that there was an added sense of occasion today, and especially in the final 10 minutes, the Gunners turned up.

Arsenal ran out as 4-1 winners over David Moyes’s West Ham United side at the Emirates this afternoon, with one of the best final 10 minutes that the side have had all season giving the score line a particularly glistening gloss.

Outside of the grounds prior to the game, supporters could be heard chanting “there’s only one Arsene Wenger” – a vastly different atmosphere to the one that had been seen over many of the recent home Premier League games.

The match programme read “Merci Arsene” on its cover – a sentiment I believe generally shared throughout supporter’s views, despite the animosity seen at times throughout recent years.

This raucous atmosphere then made its way into the grounds, where the outgoing manager was given an appreciative ovation from the supporters who travelled in decent numbers (at least compared to recent weeks) to see him preside over his 3rd last home match as Arsenal manager.

And it’s great to see – the general consensus at this stage appears to be that the Frenchman is choosing the right time to leave the club he has presided over for the past 22 years, so hopefully this positive energy is present at the remaining fixtures so that the man who provided so much to both Arsenal and English football is given a good send off.

The first half of the tie was hard-fought between both of the sides, with the Hammers holding firm despite Arsenal having the lions-share of possession. Mohamed Elneny had to leave the field with an ankle injury, although it has been reported since full-time that it is not as bad as was first presumed.

It wasn’t until the opening stages of the second half that Arsenal opened the scoring – Nacho Monreal netting his 4th of the season following a Granit Xhaka assist.

After falling behind West Ham upped their game – 10 minutes later and they were level, Marko Arnautovic the man who put the ball into the net. So often in these situations, theirs is a huge – and entitled – sense of fear that Arsenal will buckle, as has been seen so many times this season alone, but this was not the case today.

The last 10 minutes of the match made for a terrific warm-up for the coming fortnights important European fixtures. The key moment came when Aaron Ramsey crossed the ball into the Hammers penalty area in the 82nd minute, where a defensive mix-up between Declan Rice and goalkeeper Joe Hart seen the ball bounce into the net to make it 2-1 to the home side.

This time after falling behind, Moyes’s side did not retaliate. Instead, it was them who buckled – two Alexandre Lacazette goals; both the kind of classic striker penalty area finishes he has begun producing a lot more of recently – the first coming in the 86th minute and then being followed shortly afterwards by the second just 3 minutes later.

And that was that. 4-1, and a fine finish to the game. Speaking after the game, Wenger said he was delighted with his sides performance and admitted he was quite emotional at the reception he received.

In terms of points of note from the game, Aaron Ramsey continued to show why he is such a vital element of this Arsenal side when his goal made it 2-1. The Welsh midfielder has now had had 19 contributions to the score line this season – 11 goals and 8 assists – making him Arsenal’s best player in this regard.

Here’s two particularly interesting stats that emerged following this afternoons result. Arsenal made it 6 straight home games with 3+ goals (Watford, Milan, Stoke, CSKA, Southampton and now West Ham), the first time they have done this since 1958. Over the course of these 6 games, they have scored 21 goals and only conceded 5.

The other stat is that following his late brace, Lacazette – who has been fantastic since returning from his knee injury – has entered the top 3 players in terms of goals in their first 30Premier League games for the Gunners on 13, only behind Thierry Henry on 16, Alexis Sanchez on 14 and tied with Nwankwo Kanu. Pretty impressive considering the amount of games he has missed.

With Burnley drawing 1-1 to Stoke City, the gap between 6th and 7th has once again widened to 4 points, and with Arsenal having a game in hand and a game against Sean Dyche’s side, it’s beginning to look like a top 6 spot will be wrapped up with a win against the Clarets. This victory puts Wenger’s side 6 points behind Chelsea in 5th with 4 games remaining.

It’s not necessarily the Premier League that both supporters and staff will be worrying themselves about though at this stage – it’s the coming Europa League games against Atletico Madrid, with the first leg quickly approaching.

Diego Simeone’s side travel to London to face the Gunners on Thursday, and Wenger will be hoping that his side can lay down a solid foundation for the second leg. If they play like they did in the final 10 minutes of today’s match, then they might just be fine.