Boy did Arsenal need this win against West Ham at the Emirates, and not just for the three points which look like putting our team right back in the mix for the top four Premier League places. Just as important for Arsene Wenger, the fans and the players was the lift that a decent performance and some good goals have given us at a pretty low point.
It was not a complete performance from Arsenal by any means, especially in the first half which was pretty much what we have had to endure from our team of late. THere was not much cut and thrust or much to shout about but at least we stood up and matched the visitors.
After the break things were much better, something that you have to give Arsene Wenger some credit for and after the opening goal curled in by a much improved Mesut Ozil before the hour mark, you could see the whole side settle and start to enjoy their football for the first time in a long time.
Alexis Sanchez was at the heart of everything as usual but those around him looked sharper as well and 10 minutes after the first Theo Walcott produced a nice run and finish in the box from Ozil’s cross after a great flick from the Chilean found him.
The scoring was completed by Giroud who came off the bench and scored the best goal of the night with a great curled effort, although we shgould have had more but the referee turned down two penalties for fouls on Monreal which replays showed should have been given.
With Man City currently losing at Chelsea the Gunners have moved up to fifth and are right on the tails of Pep Guardiola’s team. Another Wenger trophy anyone?