Published: Mon, April 10, 2017
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Too frail, too timid - why West Ham are in serious trouble

However, Ozil grabbed the headlines on Wednesday night after a sparkling display with the opening goal - his first in almost four months - in the 3-0 defeat of West Ham.

His critics in the media over the past few weeks include Gunners legend Thierry Henry, former Manchester United defender Gary Neville and fellow Sky Sports pundit Graeme Souness, all of whom have lambasted Ozil's lack of productivity in key games. "We wanted to do it before this game against Swansea".

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.

The Hammers have endured a hard second season under boss Slaven Bilic and five successive Premier League defeats have dragged them into a relegation battle.

The Frenchman was the target of a protest in which fans refused to take their seats until the 13th minute - a reference to the number of years they have gone without a Premier League title. We need to get the three points, simple as.

Wednesday's 3-0 win against the Hammers could be the start of a revival for the German. "Going forward we are good but defensively recently we have not been efficient enough".

"You have to just keep your focus and win the games". Not a team of 11, a team of 60,000, plus 18 other players, staff, and many more. Okay, we are at home and they have improved, but they are five points behind us and there is a reason for that.

Ozil provided the assist for Walcott's goal, while Alexis Sanchez impressed by creating numerous opportunities for his team-mates. "I am not talking about blame - there is no point talking about that", Bilic told a news conference. You could not say any player had a bad performance. The Croat labelled as "very vital" the match with Swansea City on Saturday and was relieved that the south Wales club lost when on course for three points last night. You could see in the second half, the players enjoyed to play and that goes through the team.

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.

Arsenal dominated the start of the second half and Jose Fonte and Masuaku needed treatment after colliding in the West Ham box.

Like this: