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Arsenal 3-0 West Ham United : The Gunners Boost Their Champions League Hopes (Premier League Highlights)

Arsenal 3-0 West Ham United : The Gunners Boost Their Champions League Hopes

Arsenal Giroud and Theo Walcott

The Gunners went along way to silence their critics and also boost their Champions League Qualification dreams with a 3-0 win over West Ham United at the Emirate Stadium. After a cagey and calm first half, the German Mesut Ozil in his 150th appearance opened the scoring for Arsenal.

The Gunners had total dominance over their visitors and came closer to scoring each time till eight minutes after the hour mark. Ozil again got possession and after a quick one two with Alexis Sanchez, he sent a cross to Walcott, the Captain Today to finish off the second goal.

Then the French Man Oliver Giroud had his perfect curl behind the Hammers keeper for the third goal after been picked out by fellow substitute Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

The Hammers' only two shots on target from Manuel Lanzini and Edimilson Fernandes also the Hammers had a good start to the game but after the opener, they lost their composure and failed to hold down the Arsenal attack.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger
(BBC Sport)
"West Ham defended well in the first half and we needed to find a solution in the second half. We were convincing after the break.
"Ozil and Sanchez are important players but everyone did well. You could not say any player had a bad performance.

"We come out of a difficult period and our confidence goes quickly and comes back slowly.
"We are in the final sprint in the Premier League. Consistency will be very important.
"We have a little handicap on the points front. We have less possibilities to drop points."

West Ham boss Slaven Bilic
(BBC Sport)
"Arsenal deserved to win. The first half was OK, not only because of the score but we were good. We defended well with numbers. And we were also good on counter-attacks.
"In the second half they raised the tempo and scored a goal, and they were the better team. They were sharper than us tonight.
"We wanted to keep a clean sheet and the draw as long as possible, or even better to score, and make their fans and players a bit more nervous. But they started to play with more freedom after scoring.
"Of course we are [in a relegation battle]. We don't have to hide it. It's not being negative, it's being realistic. I told the players to forget today - we have big games ahead of us. It's a massive game against Swansea on Saturday. We are in a fight to keep our Premier League status. We have to start winning games.

"To get that confidence back is the key point. One win will change everything for us. Because three points at this stage of the season are massive."

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