A Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang brace helped Arsenal on to a 3-0 victory over Stoke City at the Emirates Stadium, as the Gunners recouped its five-point-advantage over 7th-placed Burnley.
The North Londoners needed to wait until the second period to find the back of the net, with Aubameyang opening his account for the day from the penalty spot in the 75th minute.
Arsenal’s record signing followed up with a second goal late on before Alexandre Lacazette’s third secured a comfortable-looking victory.
Following a brief international break, the Gunners returned to Premier League action with the likes of Calum Chambers and Danny Welbeck squeezing into the XI, as Henrikh Mkhitaryan sat out with Lacazette on the substitute’s bench.
It was Stoke who started brightest, however, as Xherdan Shaqiri fired wide of David Ospina’s goal with a curling effort early on.
In a game of few chances, Aaron Ramsey went closest for Arsenal when lifting a volley over the keeper in the 23rd minute, with only the top of the crossbar denying the Welshman prior to a goalless half.
Arsenal garnered a few more half-chances towards the hour-mark, but neither Welbeck, nor Nacho Monreal and Mohamed Elneny could find the avenue past Jack Butland.
Chances at either end saw Shaqiri stun the numbers with a deep corner onto the post, with Aubameyang following up to pull a save out of Butland when being placed through on goal by Özil in the 70th minute.
Arsenal’s chance to break the deadlock came via the penalty spot, with Aubameyang again being elected to seize the opportunity before opening the scoring in the 75th minute.
The ex-Borussia Dortmund man pounced on a flick-on to grab his second in the 86th minute, volleying past Butland, as Arsenal proceeded with their search for a third, with Lacazette adding the finishing touches to a 3-0 victory from the 12-yard-mark in the 89th minute.
By Patrick Ribeiro
Player Ratings: David Ospina (6) – Héctor Bellerín (7), Shkodran Mustafi (6), Calum Chambers (6), Nacho Monreal (6) – Mohamed Elneny (6), Aaron Ramsey (8) – Mesut Özil (7), Jack Wilshere (7), Danny Welbeck (6) – Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (7)
Subs: Alexandre Lacazette (6), Henrikh Mkhitaryan (-), Granit Xhaka (-)