Resurgent Arsenal leave West Ham wobbling

Rufina Vignone
Aprile 21, 2017

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.

Arsene Wenger's guys hold a minumum of one match in hand on all the teams above them and Walcott is hopeful they're back in the Champions League hunt. To be fair we were very good in the first half and hour.

"We come out of a hard period and our confidence goes quickly and comes back slowly".

"It's the Premier League and [the unpredictability is] why it's the best league in the world". I wouldn't say that we were outclassed in this game, not in the first half.

So, with the build-up well underway ahead of this evening's encounter, we at Shoot! have analysed the THREE key battles that could decide the outcome at the Emirates tonight...

But it's clear that not everything is ideal at Arsenal at the moment. Winston Reid, Angelo Ogbonna and Pedro Obiang also remain sidelined, with Obiang having undergone an ankle operation that will keep him out for the rest of the season.

The warning signs were there for West Ham as only last-ditch defending from Jose Fonte and James Collins ensured it went in level at the break, with the central defensive duo blocking close-range efforts from Bellerin and Mohamed Elneny.

They continued where they left off in the second period and eventually made the breakthrough when Mesut Ozil struck.

Arsenal eventually broke the deadlock in the 58th minute as Ozil was afforded time and space to curl the ball into the far corner from the edge of the box.

With the pressure relieved, Arsenal's quality increased.

Ozil provided the assist for Walcott's goal, while Alexis Sanchez impressed by creating numerous opportunities for his team-mates.

Oxlade-Chamberlain missed the City game with a hamstring problem while Ramsey had a calf strain but both players are back in full training and available tomorrow night.

Arsenal's win against West Ham moved them back to 5th position with four points adrift 4th placed Manchester City as they face Crystal Palace at the Selhurst Park on Monday to continue their Top 4 struggle.

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