Slaven Bilic: 'Arsenal deserved it' - Arsenal 3-0 West Ham United - Reaction

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"In the first half we did OK, not only because of them but because we were good". We have to leave our egos in our beds at home and be as one, totally.

Substitute Olivier Giroud capped the win with an exquisite finish, with Arsenal now fifth following Manchester United's draw with Everton on Tuesday, providing a much-needed boost to their Champions League ambitions as the seasons enters its final stretch.

'It is not like we realise now that we need points, we know that. "Because three points at this stage of the season are massive", he added.

"They have brought in players for the Europa League".

Despite their predicament, Bilic said he has not even contemplated relegation and that he has never once questioned belief in the work he is doing with the club despite pressure mounting over his position. The match will kick-start at 2:45 PM ET at Emirates Stadium.

Although Ozil grabbed the headlines with his 10th goal in all competitions and an assist, Xhaka produced arguably his best performance in an Arsenal shirt since arriving from Borussia Monchengladbach last summer. And they they scored that goal.

The Gunners now sit in 5th place, four points behind Manchester City.

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West Ham: Randolph, Byram, Collins, Fonte, Masuaku, Kouyate, Noble, Antonio, Lanzini, Ayew, Carroll.

Southampton became the first team to beat Crystal Palace in five games as the won 3-1 at Saint Mary's.

Before Spurs' comeback against Swansea [West Ham's opponents on Saturday], the Hammers looked set to be only three points above the relegation zone.

However, they have lost just one of their 15 matches against sides in the bottom half of the table (W11, D3) prior to the latest round of matches. It is our job to keep the fans behind us the whole game because they are also going to be nervous and they want their team to win, especially these type of games. It is now five straight wins since their change of manager at the end of February, a run of form which has propelled them up the league.

West Ham survived a frantic Arsenal onslaught before half time with Bellerin and Mohamed Elneny seeing shots blocked by defenders and Darren Randolph saving at Walcott's feet.

The midfielder was only just returning from a hamstring injury but Bilic played down injury concerns after revealing that he was replaced due to illness - and should be available to face Swansea.

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