Arsenal revive top-four challenge with win over West Ham

  • Arsenal beat struggling West ham United 3-0
  • Mesut Ozil opened the scoring with a curler after 58 minutes
  • Theo Walcott doubled the home side's lead 10 minutes later
  • Substitute Olivier Giroud sealed the win with a sublime third
  • The defeat was free-falling West Ham's fifth in a row
  • Arsenal visit Crystal Palace next, West Ham host Swansea City

LONDON: Arsenal re-ignited their stuttering top-four challenge, climbing above Manchester United into fifth place, with a 3-0 home victory over West Ham United in the Premier League on Wednesday.

Rumours of a fan protest were well founded with many empty seats visible during an otherwise uneventful first hour which yielded few chances before Mesut Ozil curled in a 58th-minute opener.

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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.

Arsenal have 54 points from 29 games, while West Ham, who suffered a fifth straight loss, are 15th with 33 from 31.