Olivier Giroud scored his first Premier League hat-trick as Arsenal ended their season on a huge high this afternoon, thrashing lowly Aston Villa to finish second and above North London rivals Tottenham Hotspur.
Spurs started the day two points clear and on course to finish above the Gunners for the first time in 21 years but spectacularly lost 5-1 at relegated Newcastle United to slump down to third.
Manchester City have all but assured a place in next season’s Champions League after picking up a 1-1 draw away at Swansea City.
The Citizens needed all three points to make certain of a top-four finish, but were made to settle for just the one as a deflected Andre Ayew free kick cancelled out Kelechi Iheanacho’s opener.
Only an 18-goal win against Bournemouth will do for the Red Devils, meaning another season of Europa League football for Louis van Gaal and his men unless they produce a miracle in that re-arranged fixture.
EPL Full-time Results:
Arsenal 4 – 0 Aston Villa
Chelsea 1 – 1 Leicester City
Everton 3 – 0 Norwich City
Newcastle 5 – 1 Tottenham
FT Southampton 4 – 1 Crystal Palace
Stoke City 2 – 1 West Ham United
Swansea City 1 – 1 Manchester City
Watford 2 – 2 Sunderland
West Brom 1 – 1 Liverpool