Arsenal 3 West Ham United 0
Ozil 58, Walcott 68, Giroud 83

Arsenal got back to winning ways with a comprehensive 3-0 win over West Ham at the Emirates stadium, the manner of the victory as well as the three points will do wonders for confidence of Arsene Wenger’s side. The called for pre match fan unrest never materialised, neither did the first 13 minute fan embargo, which suggests that the majority of the Arsenal fans are onside with the regime and for the greater good. And they were handsomely rewarded as Mesut Ozil, Theo Walcott and substitute Olivier Giroud struck second half body blows to the Hammers who in truth were unable to live with the Gunners. It was the kind of Arsenal performance reminiscent of the recent pass, only this time, Wenger’s side were able to make the most of their sixty six per cent possession. A word about Emiliano Martinez, called in as Petr Cech and David Ospina are injured, and the young Gunners’ keeper acquitted himself well when tested late on.

There were three changes from the side who drew with Manchester City last Sunday, Mohamed Elneny, Gabriel and Martinez came in for the injured trio of Francis Coqulein, Laurent Koscielny and Ospina. With their own troubles, the Hammers have been doing better on the road than they have at home and Andy Carroll was looking to add to his return against the Gunners.

Manuel Lanzini had an early sighter – as did Mark Noble on the Arsenal goal, and the Hammers were awarded a few early free kicks to load into the artillery direction of Carroll, but on the whole he lacked any real service to hurt Arsenal.

Hector Bellerin was the instigator of the first real chance for the Gunners, his cut back for Walcott fell right for the England man, but his effort was straight at Darren Randolph. Walcott has developed a welcomed steely self of late and maybe he could let a few of his team mates in on how as the Arsenal number 14 is definitely a hungrier proposition.

Walcott was denied a good shout for a penalty, but Martin Atkinson was having not of it, adjudging that Cheikhou Kouyate’s challenge was fair. Replays suggested otherwise.

Alexis Sanchez struck a crafted free kick which Danny Welbeck was onto, but his mis-hit effort ensured Randolph could comfortably gather the ball.

Pressing high up, Welbeck won possession to find Walcott, but the Arsenal striker could only sky his effort.

Özil’s was clearly feeling the love and in the mood it seemed. His corner found Welbeck who stretched to head powerfully, but again Randolph wasn’t to be troubled.

Just beforehand, Elneny and Alexis saw chances blocked by a hard working and under pressure Hammers rearguard. They were to hold out until the break, but you felt that it’d be just a matter of time before Arsenal found the target.

Th Hammers continued to frustrate after the break, but after 58 minutes, their resistance was broken. Walcott’s tenacity to win back possession deep in Hammers’ territory caused confusion as the visitors failed the clear the loose ball. Özil didn’t hang about and placed in past the desperate dive of Randolph. The Hammers’ keeper will feel he could’ve done better, but Arsenal had the lead.

Substitute Robert Snodgrass attempted to create an almost immediate leveller, as he crossed for Carroll only to see the shot blocked

The Gunners fired back on the hour mark with a move of precision which deserved a goal. Özil flicked to Walcott, he found Welbeck to chase and stretch to shoot, but Randolph blocked to make a fine low save. Özil then played in Welbeck who struck the side netting from a tight angle.

Now it was the Alexis and Ozil combination with a cross by the latter which found Elneny, but the Egyptian headed down and with one bounce, Randolph held.

It was all glorious stuff from the Gunners and on this performance and fight, Wenger will always feel the love. Soon the Emirates faithful would be felling even better.

After 68 minutes, Özil fed Alexis. The Chile striker’s return back heel found Özil to cross for Walcott to hit low past Randolph to double the Arsenal total. Two minutes later and only Bellerin’s mis directed half volley failed to add to the total, Alexis’ trickery and hold up play before the assist was pure genius.

With 74 minutes on the clock, Welbeck made way for off Giroud. Granit Xhaka showed us what he is capable of when he stays focused and on the pitch and he too should’ve been on the scoresheet, Randolph found his shot from range too hot to handle. Martinez saved from Lanzini, but it was all Arsenal.

After 83 minutes, Oxlade-Chamberlain powered past his marker to set up Giroud. The France striker steadied himself before curling a precision left footed strike beyond Randolph for Arsenal’s third goal of the evening.

Wenger smiled on and the near 60,000 present inside the Emirates stadium will have wondered why Arsenal hadn’t been in this kind of form more often this season and when it mattered. The signs of another end of season run look ominous again as Arsenal aim for another top four finish.