Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger had significant praise for his side after they convincingly saw off West Ham United to secure a ninth win in 10 Premier League games, Sky
The Gunners dominated the first half, but it looked like they would be heading into the interval at 0-0 as Theo Walcott had claims for a penalty waved away while Aaron Ramsey and Mesut Ozil both saw efforts kept out by goalkeeper Adrian.
However, Olivier Giroud broke the deadlock on the stroke of half-time with a powerful rising shot that went in off the inside of the far post.
There were a few anxious moments for Arsenal early in the second half as the out-of-form Hammers sought an equaliser, with Matt Jarvis blazing their best chance over the crossbar after a corner had only been half-cleared by the home defence.
But Arsenal eventually wrapped the game up with two goals in quick succession, both the result of intricate passing moves. First, Ramsey was set up by Giroud to fire past Adrian, before Santi Cazorla’s low ball across the six-yard box was converted by fellow substitute Mathieu Flamini, who scored with his first touch.
The result moves Arsenal to within just a point of second-placed Manchester City, and afterwards Wenger said: “I think we played very well in the first half and created chances but we could not finish the chances off. Their keeper kept them in the game.
“We scored a great goal just before half-time but second half, coming out, West Ham put us under pressure. We needed to be well organised and stop them from scoring. Then, in the last 20 minutes, we were on top of the game and looked always like we could score goals.”
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