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Arsenal 3 West Ham 0: Wenger keen on consistency as Arsenal take derby glory

By Mark Mann-Bryans

Arsenal returned to winning ways with a solid victory over West Ham as a fifth straight defeat plunged Slaven Bilic's visitors deeper into the fight for Premier League survival. Both sides went into this London derby in dire form but it was the Gunners who addressed that and ultimately ran out comfortable 3-0 victors, marking their first league win since February 11.

After a dull first half, Mesut Ozil marked his 150th Arsenal appearance with a tame opening goal before laying on the second for Theo Walcott. Olivier Giroud came off the bench to score the goal of the night.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger said: "West Ham defended well in the first half and we needed to find a solution in the second half. We were convincing after the break.

"Ozil and (Alexis) Sanchez are important players but everyone did well. You could not say any player had a bad performance.

"We come out of a difficult period and our confidence goes quickly and comes back slowly.

"We are in the final sprint in the Premier League. Consistency will be very important.

"We have a little handicap on the points front. We have less possibilities to drop points."

West Ham boss Bilic said: "Arsenal deserved to win. The first half was okay, not only because of the score but we were playing well.

"We defended well with numbers, and we were also good on counter-attacks.

"In the second half they raised the tempo and scored a goal, and they were the better team. They were sharper than us."

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