Arsenal hitting form at the right time after convincing West Ham win

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Arsenal boosted their hopes of securing Champions League qualification and finishing in third place in the Premier League table after recording another resounding 3-0 victory over West Ham United at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday.

Goals from Olivier Giroud, Aaron Ramsey and Mathieu Flamini ensured Arsene Wenger's side earned another vital three points as they approach the end of season run-in, moving the Gunners four points clear of fourth-placed Manchester United, who take on north London rivals Tottenham Hotspur at Old Trafford tomorrow.

The most pleasing thing about today's performance for Wenger will be the dominance his team showed for the majority of the game, and the fact that French striker Giroud maintained his impressive goalscoring form with his fifth goal in his last five games.

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It marks the eighth victory from their last nine games in the league, and will provide Arsenal with confidence ahead of next week's crucial last 16 second leg clash against AS Monaco in France. 

The Gunners will be trying to overturn a 3-1 deficit from the previous encounter, but the most important goal that remains for the club this season is making sure they book their place in next year's edition of Europe's elite club competition.

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Based on their form in 2015 so far, Wenger should be supremely confident of achieving that, with Liverpool arguably the most dangerous competitors that could knock Arsenal off their perch of all the other top seven clubs that are still within touching distance.

High-flying Southampton appear to be fading, while Spurs still need to get over the additional physical commitments that came with their deep run into the Europa League this year. Although Mauricio Pochettino's side are now out, they are still at risk of suffering from burnout between now and the end of the campaign.

Manchester United remain unconvincing under Louis van Gaal, which leaves Brendan Rodgers's resurgent Reds as the only realistic rival for third place behind Chelsea and Manchester City, who are locked in a two-way fight for the domestic crown.

Arsenal fans: How confident are you that Arsene Wenger can secure Champions League qualification again next season? Who do you see as the Gunners biggest competitors for third spot? Have your say below!

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