Wenger: Arsenal ace Ozil 'hit hard' by Champions League exit

We have scored over 100 goals this season already so going forward we were always good but defensively we were not good enough.

"It's also true that we have a few games in hand, we are a few games behind some of the teams on top of us. It is coming into motion, you saw some signs at Man City and more today and hopefully it is going to go on and on".

West Ham defender James Collins admits the club are in danger of being sucked into the Premier League relegation fight after losing their fifth match in a row last night. "We wanted to do it before this game against Swansea".

Walcott said: "We haven't been defending well as a whole unit, not keeping clean sheets".

Striker Andy Carroll (groin) and midfielder Michail Antonio (illness) are in doubt for Saturday but Bilic is optimistic he will get the win he needs. His side are on a run of six games without a win, the last four of which have ended in defeat, including Saturday's loss at relegation-threatened Hull.

The Gunners had to play their third-choice keeper, Emiliano Martinez, after injuries to Petr Cech and David Ospina. The Emirates is wracked with uncertainty these days, with the futures of Wenger, Sanchez and Ozil still cloudy.

Ozil's performance came after he had felt unfairly criticised following the Champions League last-16 exit to Bayern Munich, but Walcott was in no doubt he would bounce back.

Walcott feels Ozil is now reaping the rewards for his hard work in training as he taps into past experiences to address his form.

"I wouldn't just say the goals (helped his confidence), you could see it was slowly starting to come back", the England global told Arsenal's official site.

"Goals always breed confidence in players but Mesut is a fantastic player, he has played for Real Madrid, is a World Cup victor and has been through a lot of ups and downs so there is nothing he can't come back from".

SLAVEN BILIC has called for West Ham to unite as a club and secure the victory they desperately need against Swansea tomorrow.

The Hammers sit 15th in the table, five points clear of the bottom three, and they face two of the teams below them in the next 10 days.

"We started the game really well", he said.

"The one and only aim is to win the game".

A struggling Arsenal team meet an even more struggling West Ham team on Wednesday as the two London teams, desperate for 3 points look to get the better of each other at The Emirates Stadium.

  • Julie Sanders