Mesut Ozil hailed by Theo Walcott after West Ham win

Arsenal vs West Ham United preview Hammers in need of first win in six against under-pressure Gunners

Arsenal vs West Ham United preview Hammers in need of first win in six against under-pressure Gunners

Arsenal's German midfielder Mesut Ozil (R) shoots to score the opening goal of the English Premier League football match between Arsenal and West Ham United at the Emirates Stadium in London on April 5, 2017.

Arsene Wenger believes Mesut Ozil has mentally recovered from Arsenal's damaging Champions League defeat against Bayern Munich as the Gunners recorded their first league win since February 11.

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.

Theo Walcott doubled the Gunners' advantage, finishing a slick passing move with a close-range finish 10 minutes later, before Olivier Giroud came off the bench and scored a sublime third to seal his side's second win in seven games.

"I feel that he's back physically, with focus", Wenger said, per Karen. I feel for a few weeks now in training that he is really focused again and that comes out in the game.

That individual does not attach the same significance as Wenger to a top-four finish but the Frenchman continued to argue his corner. We need to find the spots where is really risky, maybe sometimes play a long ball that Alexis can run on to, rather than giving him a pass to feet, where he has to turn and face three or four of the opposition. We are playing home against a team that, we can say they're playing good, but they are five points behind us.

"I wouldn't just say the goals (helped his confidence), you could see it was slowly starting to come back", the England worldwide told Arsenal's official site.

Wenger called for Ozil to receive credit for his performance.

Before Spurs' comeback against Swansea [West Ham's opponents on Saturday], the Hammers looked set to be only three points above the relegation zone. "We don't have to hide it", the Croat told the BBC. "It's not being negative, it is being realistic".

Mark Noble fired wide to suggest the lethargic Gunners were there for the taking and the away fans, despite having seen four defeats before this one, plus a vote of confidence from the board for Bilic, were in noisy party mode. But if I was manager, I'd try and take on Arsenal and put them under pressure.

The Hammers suffered a 3-0 loss to Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium, and remain just five points ahead of 18th place side Swansea City, who they play next in a massive contest on Saturday. "But they started to play with more freedom after scoring".

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