Published: Mon, April 10, 2017
Sport | By Desiree Waters

Arsenal Ozil the difference to ease pressure on Wenger

Arsene Wenger praised Mesut Ozil after the German World Cup victor helped Arsenal to a 3-0 Premier League victory over struggling West Ham and maintain their hopes of qualifying for the Champions League on Wednesday. And then in the last ten minutes of the first half, we started to lose the ball too early, which gave them a lot of ball possession. We wanted to get a clean sheet against West Ham, as simple as that.

Arsene Wenger's men hold at least one game in hand on all of the teams above them and Walcott is hopeful they are back in the Champions League hunt.

After five successive losses in the Premier League and with only a five-point cushion above the relegation zone, West Ham manager Slaven Bilic is under no illusions. Since then, however, it has been the Italian and his players who have pushed on and produced the sort of form and consistency that it takes to win the Premier League title.

"It's a good result tonight and a relief as well because we have gone through a bad period". Because we have to start winning games.

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. "I haven't lost my belief in them, they are good players".

"And when you're at the club for such a long time and you really care about people who care about the club, you know how sad they are when it doesn't go well".

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The hosts needed to play with more pace and energy in order to break down the resilient visitors and they did that immediately after the restart, an excellent James Collins tackle thwarting Ozil in the box before Shkodran Mustafi drilled narrowly wide.

"It is the key point for me to get that confidence back before Saturday", Bilic said. We had a few opportunities through the set pieces, through corners and a few fouls and through counter-attacks, and we were good. "Because three points at this stage of the season are massive", he added.

"In the second half they raised the tempo and scored a goal, and they were the better team".

But they deserved to win.

Hull came from behind to claim an 85th-minute victor, after Andy Carroll's opener at the weekend, and underfire Arsenal found their shooting boots in the second half on Wednesday.

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