Arsenal revive top-four EPL challenge

"They were thinking they were going to be in Europe so they brought in players that would supplement the squad who had played European football".

Arsenal have 54 points from 29 games - four behind Manchester City, who have played a game more, in fourth.

FRUSTRATED West Ham United manager, Slaven Bilic, was left frustrated after a second half blitz saw his side come away from the Emirates Stadium empty handed as Arsenal recorded a comfortable three-goal victory over his side.

'It is not like we realise now that we need points, we know that. We needed to go back to basics and we did against West Ham.

After a quiet first half, Ozil, on his 150th appearance for the Gunners, fired home from the edge of the box after being gifted possession by Jose Fonte.

Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin insists he understands fans' frustrations at the team's struggles, but has asked for calm as a top-four place is there "for the taking" in the Premier League. I wouldn't say that we were outclassed in this game, not in the first half.

"They take risks, they stay up with a few players and every time you lose the ball or when they get the ball it's a problem for the defence with those really good players, great players, on such a big pitch".

Tonight's win was the first triumph in a league match for almost two months, since Arsenal beat Hull City 2-1 on February 11.

The Hammers have lost their last five Premier League matches and will be sucked into the relegation battle, and leave a huge question mark over Bilic's future as manager, should they lose a sixth.

However, while Bilic has acknowledged that the situation is not ideal, he feels that the club are capable of turning things around in their next two games. Keeping the defence tight, inviting pressure then attacking through is the only way I can see us getting anything. "One win will change everything for us, because three points at this stage of the season are massive".

"It's not being negative, it's being realistic".

"We know we are going to score goals so if we get that clean sheet, we will win games". "I think there's a good chance they will be back in the squad".



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