Ozil is back after Champions League exit, says Wenger

Another Arsenal player who has come in for criticism of late, Mesut Ozil, also scored in the victory over West Ham.

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

West Ham host Swansea and will go into the game looking to break their run of five consecutive defeats.

Theo Walcott says there is nothing that can keep Mesut Ozil down after the Arsenal playmaker returned to form with a bang against West Ham.

Wenger's side went into the clash at the Emirates Stadium having won just three of their last 10 matches in all competitions, but second-half goals from the Germany worldwide, Theo Walcott and Olivier Giroud got them back on track.

"If they pick up confidence from the win (over West Ham) it might just see them through". We are guarantee to have a real battle over the last 8 games which will determine the next club to represent England among Europe's best teams. "At the moment, though, it seems there only needs to be one thing that goes against us - it doesn't even have to be a goal - and we seem to crumble, which is disappointing".

"We have a little handicap on the points front".

Theo Walcott and substitute Olivier Giroud were the other scorers and victory lifted the Gunners to fifth place in the Premier League, improving their hopes of a top-four finish - and with that the likelihood that Wenger will stay at the club next season.

Bilic admitted his players were lacking some confidence, adding: "After five defeats, of course you can't talk about great confidence". It's easy when you're winning, but I told the guys forget about this game.

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West Ham survived a frantic Arsenal onslaught before half time with Bellerin and Mohamed Elneny seeing shots blocked by defenders and Darren Randolph saving at Walcott's feet. "He didn't feel well", explained Bilic. He will definitely be involved and it is a big boost because we are talking about one of our best players. He was no good after half an hour. "It was not an injury that he will have to miss a few weeks for".

Tensions surrounding the game were high following protests for the removal of Arsenal Wenger.

"Andy Carroll said at half time he felt a bit of groin, but the medical department said he was okay, it's not that bad".

"There were a few times where they have had to beat Spurs to it a few years ago, so I think they know how to handle this situation".

  • Julie Sanders