Friday, 15 December, 2017

Arsenal win against West Ham, victories for Chelsea and Tottenham

Arsenal 3 West Ham 0 Ozil answers critics with goal and assist Arsenal 3 West Ham 0 Ozil answers critics with goal and assist
Cecilia Poole | 09 April, 2017, 01:37

Bilic was pleased with his side's display in the first 45 minutes, but felt a change in tempo from Arsenal after the restart was key to their downfall - Mesut Ozil, Theo Walcott and Olivier Giroud all scored in the second half.

We have gone through a bad period, but I have never questioned the mentality in the team.

Here are five things we learned from the 3-0 victory. "We have less possibilities to drop points".

Arsenal's win against West Ham moved them back to 5th position with four points adrift 4th placed Manchester City as they face Crystal Palace at the Selhurst Park on Monday to continue their Top 4 struggle.

After five successive losses in the Premier League and with only a five-point cushion above the relegation zone, West Ham manager Slaven Bilic is under no illusions. "It's true. If we are looking at the whole picture, it is". We started the game good, we were very good in the first half and overall in the first half we defended, not only the back four, really well. It's not being negative, it's being realistic. I wouldn't say that we were outclassed in this game, not in the first half.

Swansea travel to the London Stadium on Saturday before Bilic takes his side to bottom club Sunderland a week later - with skipper Mark Noble aware of just how important those two games now are.

The Gunners had only won one and drawn another in their past six Premier League games, to leave their hopes of Champions League qualification - having reached the last 17 tournaments - in real jeopardy.

Welbeck then lashed wide from a tight angle before a lull in the game which lasted nearly until half-time, when the hosts finally started to up the tempo. The goal seemed to fill the German with confidence rarely seen in recent weeks, as he was soon pulling off back-heel flicks and combined well with Sanchez to set up Walcott's goal 10 minutes later. "I wish him all the best in his recovery and we don't wish that upon anybody".

Reflecting on how the 28-year-old coped with the Gunners' painful Champions League exit at the hands of Bayern Munich, Wenger said: "He is very ambitious and he wants to win the Champions League".

The Hammers chief continued: "In the second half, they raised the tempo and scored a goal and they were the better team from then on".

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