Arsenal push West Ham closer to relegation trouble

The Germany worldwide additionally registered an assist, which makes it just the next top flight match where he's scored and set up a teammate this season - the other being the reverse fixture against West Ham, which the Gunners won 5-1 in December.

As for scraping a Champions League place, Walcott said: "Who knows, we have done it in the past".

Ozil's goal was his first of 2017 and Wenger said he felt the German's confidence had been hit hard by Arsenal's 10-goal capitulation to Bayern Munich in the Champions League.

"In the first half we had to be patient and not to make a mistake but in the second half our technical superiority made a difference - and at the end of the day it was a convincing win".

Substitute Olivier Giroud then wrapped it up with a fabulous curling finish with his left foot from the right side of the box to send Arsenal back to fifth on the table.

"We are in the final sprint in the Premier League". "I told the guys to forget about this game".

After a boring first half, Mesut Ozil marked his 150th Arsenal appearance with a tame opening goal before laying on the second for Theo Walcott.

West Ham manager Slaven Bilic: "It is the key point for me to get that confidence back before Saturday". "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".

"I wouldn't say it was just the goal for Mesut against West Ham, you could see it was slowly starting to come for him", Walcott said. West Ham: Darren Randolph 5, Sam Byram 6, James Collins 6, Jose Fonte 5, Arthur Masuaku 6, Cheikhou Kouyate 6, Mark Noble 5, Michail Antonio 6, Manuel Lanzini 6, Andre Ayew 5, Andy Carroll 5.

"It's the Premier League and [the unpredictability is] why it's the best league in the world". The Gunners simply can not afford to drop more points against West Ham United or their top 4 hopes will start to look very unrealistic. While an injury midway through the year cooled many's recognition of his success, which came in a relentless fashion early in the year, Walcott has since recovered his match sharpness, now scoring in his last two league games.

  • Julie Sanders