France striker Olivier Giroud scored the only goal of the game when he headed in a 14th-minute corner.

Everton's 3-2 defeat by Manchester City on Saturday meant Arsenal kicked-off at the Emirates Stadium knowing they could not be caught in the race for fourth place in the Premier League and a spot in next term's Champions League.

Chelsea will go top of the Premier League table if they beat relegation-threatened Norwich later Sunday, although Liverpool will return to the summit if they win away to Crystal Palace on Monday.

However, current leaders Manchester City will still have a game in hand on both Liverpool and Chelsea after Monday's match at Selhurst Park.