Game over. Mikel Arteta is crying, inconsolable. And it's over and out from Aston Villa. Thanks for joining us. The match report will be published shortly.
- Arsenal XI: Cech, Bellerin, Gabriel, Koscielny, Monreal, Coquelin, Wilshere, Cazorla, Ozil, Sanchez, Giroud
- Aston Villa XI: Bunn, Lyden, Lescott, Toner, Cissokho, Sanchez, Westwood, Gana, Bacuna, Ayew, Sinclair
What a way to end your Arsenal career. An own goal? We'll have to wait and see. Mikel Arteta's shot ricochets off the crossbar and over the line via the diving Mark Bunn. A fine way for Arteta to end his time at Arsenal. Tears from the Spaniard.
A standing ovation for Mikel Arteta as he enters the pitch for what will be his final game for the Gunners.
Someone is on the pitch, which delays play slightly as the stewards grapple him to the ground. The home fans care little about that, however, because Newcastle are leading Tottenham 5-1 and the Gunners fans are cock-a-hoop.
Alexis Sanchez nearly makes it four - but Mark Bunn's firm hand denies the Chilean.
A hat-trick! Hector Bellerín with a defence-splitting pass and Olivier Giroud runs through and calmly finishes off for his third of the day. Aston Villa down and out.
And that is it. Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez combine on the left and it's the German who picks out Olivier Giroud who sweeps home from six yards.
Arsenal surging forward, but the final ball has lacked quality on too many occasions. Under 15 minutes and there's still just the one goal in it.
Although, not so nervy anymore as 10-man Newcastle have scored from the spot and are 3-1 up against Tottenham which means an Arsenal win will guarantee second spot. That has given Arsenal fans something to cheer at least.
Oof! Mohamed Elneny, leaning back, fires high from 12 yards. A cute one-two between Alexi Sanchez and Olivier Giroud setting up the chance for the substitute. A nervy ending.
Alexis Sanchez wastes an opportunity to test Mark Bunn, directing a free-kick high into the crowd and the forward shakes his head, as he should.
Arsene Wenger bellowing orders from the sidelines. The Frenchman doesn't seem to be the only one exasperated by his team's performance.
Jack Wilshere's day is done and he is replaced by Mohamed Elneny.
Alexi Sanches and Micah Richards collide and the Aston Villa defender is on the floor, receiving treatment.
At St James' Park, Tottenham - 2-1 down - are now playing against 10 men. An interesting finale.
Jordan Ayew with another positive sprint into the box, getting the better of Hector Bellerín and forcing a save from Petr Cech at the near post. It would have taken something special to beat the Czech from there.
An enforced substitution for Aston Villa. Captain Joleon Lescott hobbles off and is replaced by Micah Richards and Villa's fans aren't too despondent.
Mesut Ozil with a corner, but Laurent Koscielny cannot make contact and a chance is missed.
Arsene Wenger gesticulating from his seat. His anxiety a reflection of his fans' as we reach the hour mark. Tottenham have just scored against Newcastle to reduce the arrears to 2-1 but, as it stands, the Gunners remain second.
Can Villa spring a surprise? Jordan Ayew again with a positive dash towards the Arsenal box. Arsenal's defence holds firm, but it ends up as an Aston Villa corner.
Joleon Lescott comes up, but Arsenal again clear the danger. Momentum building for the visitors. Worrying times for Arsenal.
Villa fans doing the conga in the away section, finding joy is the small things now that their team has been relegated.
Olivier Giroud attempts to free up Jack Wilshere, but the midfielder, making a late surge into the box, is beaten to the ball by the alert Mark Bunn.
The graphic below illustrates the average positions of both teams and shows that Arsenal have mostly been camped in the opposition half but, tellingly, the Gunners have only mustered two shots on target.
The ball has largely been at the feet of a player in red and white in these opening couple of minutes. Arsenal have possession, but they need more fire in the belly if they are to kill off Villa.
Aston Villa's last 45 minutes in the Premier League (for this year at least) begins.
BBC Radio 5 live at the Emirates Stadium
"I get the feeling that this would mean an awful lot to Arsenal if they finished above Spurs."
The first half is coming to a close and it's Aston Villa who are spraying the ball around nicely, but they cannot muster a chance on target and the half comes to an end.
Hector Bellerín produces a chipped cross from the left which tastily hangs in the air for what feels like an age, but Mark Bunn is off his line once again to punch the ball away. Arsenal need more bite in the final third.
Newcastle are now 2-0 up against Tottenham and some Arsenal fans are on their feet, cheering and clapping and celebrating. Once again the volume rises. Another Arsenal goal and second spot must surely be theirs?
Jordan Ayew has been Villa's brightest player. A shuffle of the hips from the striker and he twice beats Gabriel to set up Scott Sinclair. The former Swansea forward takes a swish across goal but, luckily for Arsenal, Nacho Monreal is there as the last defender, sweeping away danger.
Alexis Sanchez delays his pass beautifully and releases Mesut Ozil. It's a race between the German and Mark Bunn and it's the goalkeeper who wins it, quickly coming off his line to smother the ball. The Gunners bubbling.
Arsenal switch play from one side to the other with two passes. The Gunners at their best. Alexis Sanchez is the man standing on the left and he weaves into the box, shooting a fraction wide across the face of goal.
Moments later Jack Wilshere has an opportunity, but he side-foots Sanchez's cross into the side-netting. Dreadful defending from Villa.
Arsenal guilty of overplaying. Mesut Ozil passes to Olivier Giroud when the German could have taken aim from the edge of the box to give Mark Bunn food for thought.
What a sight it is to see Santi Cazorla on a pitch once again. Dreamy touches from the Spaniard. What if he had been fit for most of the season? Would Arsenal's season have been different? We'll never know.
Jack Wilshere wincing as Scott Sinclair accidentally stands on his toes while trying to spin away from a tackle. The England midfielder yelps, but it seems as though he is content to "shake it off", as they say.
Aston Villa are receiving more possession than many would have predicted at the beginning of the match, though they are unable to do much with it.
Jordan Lyden, in his own half, passes to Santi Cazorla and sparks another Arsenal attack, though it comes to nothing - Alexis Sanchez's shot blocked by a mass of Villa defenders.
News from St James' Park seems to have filtered through to north London as decibels have risen inside the stadium. "Arsenal! Arsenal!" cry the Gunners fans, the prospect of once again finishing above Spurs again a real one.
A corner for Aston Villa, but Petr Cech coolly gathers. News from St James' Park is that Newcastle are 1-0 up against Tottenham, which moves the Gunners to second.
Roy Hodgson is watching on from the extremely posh, posh seats, no doubt keeping an eye on Jack Wilshere before England's Euro 2016 squad is announced. What will he make of Theo Walcott's absence?
Arsenal comfortable, though Gabriel has made one or two mistakes and an attack more confident than relegated Villa's would perhaps provide more of a test.
Sometimes a picture does say it all. Arsenal enjoying 80% of possession, though they've only had one shot on target.
A crafty Santiago Cazorla free-kick, but Gabriel heads straight at Mark Bunn.
As it stands, Arsenal remain third in the table, level on points with Tottenham who have a superior goal difference.
Aston Villa fighting back into the match but there's no real sense that they can truly trouble the Gunners.