Arsenal overcomes West Ham with inspired second half

Arsenal's English striker Danny Welbeck (2nd L) has an unsuccessful shot during the English Premier League football match between Arsenal and West Ham United at the Emirates Stadium in London on April 5, 2017.

Wenger reminded concerned Arsenal fans in his programme notes that his under-fire team are not facing a relegation battle but he watched the Gunners struggle to carve out a clear cut chance in the first half.

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. I see them pulling through on talent alone.

Andy Carroll has scored five Premier League goals against Arsenal - against no side has he scored more in the competition (also 5 vs Swansea and Man City).

His critics in the media over the past few weeks include Gunners legend Thierry Henry, former Manchester United defender Gary Neville and fellow Sky Sports pundit Graeme Souness, all of whom have lambasted Ozil's lack of productivity in key games.

With Michail Antonio out, it nearly eliminates West Ham's ability to counter attack, and most likely we'll live in our defensive half and eventually concede. Ugh.

Arsenal have earned just one win from their previous six games in the division while the Hammers are without a victory since February 4. "But they started to play with more freedom after scoring".

I really do think it's possible. If all of that can happen, and a bit of luck, we might squeak out a surprising 2-1 victory.

Honestly, I've picked West Ham to win just about every time and it hasn't worked out. It has to start with the defense, as there was too much ball-watching on the corner kick that did West Ham in late against Hull City. "Because three points at this stage of the season are massive", he added.

Bilic, in contrast, has only been at West Ham since the summer of 2015 - yet is now the seventh longest serving boss in the Premier League - and admits it is hard to stay in a job for a lengthy period of time in modern football. It also felt like the team were back to at least a decent level and that there is now some momentum building.

In the second half, with Arsenal finally in front, and West Ham having to show some adventure, Shkodran Mustafi made a hacking lunge at the shins of Hammers substitute Robert Snodgrass and was perhaps lucky to escape with the yellow card he received.

  • Julie Sanders