Bukayo Saka scored twice as Arsenal beat West Ham 6-0 at the London Stadium to set a new Premier League away win record.
The Gunners remain third in the table, but their emphatic victory effectively eliminated title rivals Liverpool and Manchester City’s goal difference advantage.
They now have the same goal difference as Pep Guardiola’s team 31 goals each, while Liverpool has one more.
The Gunners had already lost twice to The Hammers this season, but David Moyes’ side never looked like racking up a hat-trick as the visitors produced a masterclass to highlight their title.
William Saliba opened the scoring just after the half-hour mark with a simple header from Rice’s left-wing corner.
Saka hit the second from the penalty spot after he burst clear and was brought down by Areola.
Four minutes later, Rice provided assist number two, swinging in a free kick that Gabriel, making his 150th Arsenal appearance, headed home in front of a lumbering Kurt Zouma.
In first-half stoppage time, Arsenal scored again, with Martin Odegaard feeding Trossard to curl home number four.
It was Arsenal’s 8,000th league goal, and they were already close to 9,000 by halftime.
Number 8,001 arrived in the 62nd minute, when Saka cut inside Nayef Aguerd and fired past Areola.
Then came Rice’s big moment: the former Hammers captain curling in from 25 yards after Trossard and Odegaard passed the ball to each other, before performing the obligatory non-celebration in front of Arsenal’s ecstatic fans.
Rice received a standing ovation from the home crowd as he exited the field moments later, most likely because those supporters had little else to clap for on a painful day for east Londoners and a successful afternoon for Arsenal.
Arsenal recorded their biggest-ever away win in the Premier League with five different players getting on the scoresheet in a sensational display at the London Stadium.
There were some impressive personal records broken at the London Stadium. Odegaard made history as the first player in the Premier League to have completed at least 100 passes, created at least five chances and set up multiple goals in a single game.
Arsenal will be playing against Burnley this Saturday, while West Ham will be facing Nottingham Forest.