Arsene Wenger reveals Mesut Ozil suffered mentally after Arsenal's Champions League exit

THEO WALCOTT admits Arsenal have not been defending properly.

Arsenal boosted their Champions League hopes with a deserved victory over West Ham, who remain in relegation trouble after a fifth consecutive Premier League defeat. "I will say in comparison to how they played against West Brom, it was a massive improvement".

"Goals consistently engender self-confidence in players, but Mesut is an excellent player", said Walcott.

"Who knows who is going to win each game?"

And Arsenal captain Per Mertesacker has revealed Wenger's men are prepared to sacrifice their passing game when going forward if it means players such as Ozil and Alexis Sanchez can be put in to goalscoring positions.

"Arsenal deserved to win".

This could see third choice keeper Emiliano Martinez starting between the sticks against West Ham. "The first half was OK, not only because of the score but we were good", Bilic told the BBC.

Although Ozil grabbed the headlines with his 10th goal in all competitions and an assist, Xhaka produced arguably his best performance in an Arsenal shirt since arriving from Borussia Monchengladbach last summer. "We believe we can win on Saturday".

But Bilic, who stressed their destiny remains firmly in their own hands, was keen to play down what is riding on the fixture at the London Stadium.

"We did alright in the first half, we knew we had to defend well and we did that", he added. They were sharper than us tonight.

"[Swansea and Sunderland] are massively important games but I have had those kinds of games before and some of the players have had those kinds of games. There is only one game for us, and that is game against Swansea on Saturday".

"No one anticipated Liverpool to draw against Bournemouth, but this is the way it's and that's the reason we adore and luxuriate in playing in this league".

Bilic continued to stress how essential three points is at the London Stadium this coming weekend, as the Hammers are now also on a seven-match winless run. West Ham: Darren Randolph 5, Sam Byram 6, James Collins 6, Jose Fonte 5, Arthur Masuaku 6, Cheikhou Kouyate 6, Mark Noble 5, Michail Antonio 6, Manuel Lanzini 6, Andre Ayew 5, Andy Carroll 5.



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