Arsenal revive top-four challenge with win over West Ham

Arsenal 3 West Ham 0 Ozil answers critics with goal and assist

The Gunners recorded their first Premier League win since early February with a comfortable 3-0 victory West Ham on Wednesday night, a result which moved them to within four points of Manchester City in fourth place.

"There has been huge pressure on the players in recent weeks and I'm happy that they can come back and focus and enjoy their game. The first half was OK, not only because of the score but we were good", Bilic told BBC Sport. We wanted to get a clean sheet, simple as that.

It's been nearly two months since they last won in the Premier League, but Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger claims there is nothing wrong with the players' mentality.

Arsenal returned to winning ways with a solid victory over West Ham as a fifth straight defeat plunged Slaven Bilic's visitors deeper into the fight for Premier League survival.

Ozil has been on the periphery of games too much recently with Wenger admitting the 10-2 aggregate loss to Bayern Munich in the Champions League had hit the World Cup victor hard. "Make no mistake, I'm not expecting a handsome game on Saturday, but we have to win it".

'It is not like we realise now that we need points, we know that.

"You have to just keep your focus and win the games. We have fewer possibilities to drop points".

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Hull came from behind to claim an 85th-minute victor, after Andy Carroll's opener at the weekend, and underfire Arsenal found their shooting boots in the second half on Wednesday.

The midfielder did not had a great game but after his goal had a purple patch in which he set up captain Theo Walcott for Arsenal's second.

"In the first half he was good, but the recovery time was basically long for him so that's why we made a decision to change him, to save him for Saturday".

Walcott feels not only his goal gave him confidence but the player has already been working so hard on his form to get back to his best. Elneny does not possess the same intelligence in possession but, in tandem with Xhaka, he was able to inject sufficient tempo into this performance to help secure three precious points.

"Let's try and get players like him and Mesut into spots where they are unsafe, behind the lines, where they are able to make a telling contribution".

West Ham had no shots on target in the first half against Arsenal, which seems to suggest they came to get a draw.

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