Super Eagles attacking midfielder Alex Iwobi was a second half substitute as Arsenal deflated Bournemouth 5-1 to retain their place in the English Premier League top four.
The Arsenal youth product was thrown into the fray in the second stanza by coach Unai Emery in a game that saw the duo of Mesut Ozil and Henrikh Mkhitaryan put on an Emirates masterclass for the Gunners.
Iwobi limped off the field against Southampton but was named in the team for Wednesday’s meeting with Bournemouth.
The tricky lad replaced Sead Kolasinac in the 58th minute for his 25th appearance of the season.
With fellow hopefuls Chelsea and Manchester United also securing victories, the Gunners stayed fourth – but this was in much more emphatic style as they eased to a 5-1 win over a hapless Cherries side.
Ozil and Mkhitaryan ran riot. The pair scored the first two goals before Lys Mousset pulled one back for Bournemouth – only for Laurent Koscielny, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette to seal a comfortable win with second-half strikes.
While Bournemouth’s struggles on the road continue, Arsenal have made their home something of a fortress and have won their last eight at the Emirates.