Mesut Ozil hailed by Theo Walcott after West Ham win

Since then, however, it has been the Italian and his players who have pushed on and produced the sort of form and consistency that it takes to win the Premier League title.

"We need to be patient and have trust and faith in ourselves".

Arsenal's French striker Olivier Giroud (R) watches his shot beat West Ham United's Irish goalkeeper Darren Randolph (L) to make the score 3-0 during the English Premier League football match between Arsenal and West Ham United at the Emirates Stadium in London on April 5, 2017.

Boss Slaven Bilic revealed in his post-match press conference that he had made a decision to take off Carroll around the hour mark after the striker reported to the medical staff that he was experiencing pain in his groin. It is our job to keep the fans behind us because they are also going to be nervous.

There were more protests against long-serving manager Arsene Wenger - with some Gunners fans not taking their seats until the 13th minute. "It has been 13 years since they last won the league".

We were unbeaten for 19 games this season, and I think it's a good opportunity to remind people we are not finishing to not be relegated, we are fighting to have a positive end to the season.

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".

Arsenal emerged for the second half with the sort of attacking verve it has lacked in recent weeks, although West Ham, who lost Michail Antonio to sickness at half time, did contribute to its own downfall.

Wenger also hailed the importance of Elneny in midfield despite the Egypt worldwide making only his seventh starting appearance in the Premier League.

Will West Ham ever win again? A much changed Arsenal side saw Elneny start in central midfield, with Welbeck leading the line.

With only the visits of Everton, Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool to come, the Swansea game and next weekend's trip to basement-side Sunderland are "massively important" for Bilic, if his team are to put daylight between themselves and the bottom. Instead it is five.

"In the first half we did OK, not only because of them but because we were good".

The Gunners moved up into fifth place following last night's victory.

  • Julie Sanders