The swagger has returned to their play.
Bournemouth climbed to 10th after Josh King's 85th-minute goal - his 16th of the campaign - snatched a 2-1 home win over Burnley. Arsene Wenger, a target of abuse for much of the season, was even greeted with rapturous applause as he walked toward the fans.
Wenger, who is out of contract at the end of the season, has been in charge of Arsenal since 1996.
The question is: Have they left it too late?
After a run of 5 defeats in 8 games, and dropping out of the Top Four, Arsenal have stuck to Wenger's formula and suddenly made a decision to pick up the pace again when our place in next season's Champions League became in jeopardy.
But on reflection they have had another comfortable season in the Premier League as they now hover around the mid-table position.
"The physios told me Alexis Sanchez wanted to come off, I don't know what it was, but he's a fighter and found the resources to score an excellent goal after", he said.
When the pressure was on to keep up with the pace at the top of the league in March, the Gunners could hardly string a forward pass together: they folded badly at Liverpool and West Brom, and to make matters worse they were thumped twice in their extracurricular European adventure by Bayern Munich.
This game saw yet more calls for Arsenal's manager to leave.
Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin says the players are ready to fight as if they are playing for their own lives to finish in the Top Four.
Jay Rodriguez and Nathan Redmond netted superbly taken goals for Saints, with former Chelsea striker Patrick Bamford reducing the arrears for Boro with a 73rd-minute header.
City got two big breaks on its way to victory over the deposed champions. The referee and his linesmen failed to spot it, and the goal stood.
"The referee was so fearless in making the decision".
"I will give my best as long as I am here for the values of the club".
Swansea could be celebrating another season in the league on Sunday.
Earned himself a yellow card for a reckless lunge in the first half, and failed to properly clear the ball into the crowd when needed in the second.
"The whole team was dynamic, focused and showed a convincing desire to win the game".
The Chilean, who has been linked with a move away, hobbled off with a leg injury after scoring and fans will be hoping it is not the last time they see him in an Arsenal shirt. "It was another game against a top-six side without reward".
The game quickly descended into a scrappy affair but Sanchez reasserted Arsenal's dominance with a cross-goal finish from the edge of the box, a touch off Shawcross helping it on its way.