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Arsene Wenger says Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil has rediscovered his focus

06 April, 2017, 10:29 | Author: Alberta Rodriguez
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The Gunners boss has faced intense criticism in recent months with the club failing to contend for the Premier League title and getting crushed by Bayern Munich in the Champions League round of 16.

Olivier Giroud scored a spectacular third to wrap up the points.

But Ozil was back in form tonight with the opening goal as Arsenal bounced back onto the winners' list with a 3-0 triumph over London rivals West Ham United in the Premier League.

Bilic - who has received the dreaded vote of confidence during a season in marked contrast to last one where they qualified for Europe - called on his players to show courage and leadership.

He laid off a pass for Alexis Sanchez, who returned the favor with a nifty backheel flick to give the former Real Madrid star plenty of time and space to deliver a pass to Walcott in the middle of the box.

The England worldwide, who was also the captain for the night on his 200 appearance at the Emirates, was tripped when he tried to get past West Ham left-back Arthur Masuaku.

He said, "Yes, you could see even if the result was not what we wanted against City, it had a positive impact on the morale of the team".

Arsenal's players performed with a similar lack of belief in the cause as home fans, who were very quiet until their team look the lead. I'm still going to pick them to win in a glorious fashion to a struggling Arsenal side.

"West Ham defended well in the first half and we needed to find a solution in the second half".

With the pressure relieved, Arsenal's quality increased.

Having lost their past four and not won in six, West Ham arrived at the Emirates in pessimism rather than hope. Hammers fans were keeping an eye on matters elsewhere, with Hull's 4-2 defeat of Middlesbrough bad news and Swansea's 3-1 loss to Spurs better tidings.

Bilic's future is now under serious question.

Arsenal striker Alexis Sanchez nearly scored the opener before the break after being wonderfully set up by Granit Xhaka, but his shot was well saved by the visitors' goalkeeper Darren Randolph as the first half ended goalless. That's the kind of performance that will have Arsenal purists purring but they've been far too inconsistent this season. Their next game is away to Crystal Palace on 10th April.


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