West Ham need to avoid 'do-or-die' situation, says Bilic

Tricia Pearson
April 10, 2017

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said that Mesut Ozil has regained his focus after the German playmaker scored his first goal of 2017 in Wednesday's 3-0 victory over West Ham United, per Mattias Karen for ESPN FC.

"I told the guys "okay, forget tonight, we have a few massive games in front of us". 'I didn't smell this, I didn't think we would lose five games.

The Gunners have also struggled in all competition as they have just won one of their last six Premier League appearances and are out of the Champions League.

Defeat for the Hammers was their fourth successive loss and leaves them in a perilous position just above the relegation places and falling fast, piling the pressure on manager Slaven Bilic.

Ozil has been on the periphery of games too much recently with Wenger admitting the 10-2 aggregate loss to Bayern Munich in the Champions League had hit the World Cup victor hard. We are playing a team we have beaten, a team that is five points below us. It is our job to keep the fans behind us because they are also going to be nervous. In February, former Gunners defender Martin Keown said "you don't know when he is coming or going" and labelled Ozil an "expensive luxury,"per James Restall for the Daily Mail". Okay, we are at home and they have improved, but they are five points behind us and there is a reason for that. "We have players back from injury and we have done it before in more hard conditions".

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Alexis Sanchez is responsible for an impressive 22 of Arsenal's goals in the current campaign, ahead of Walcott (19) and Giroud (13). "I haven't lost my belief in them, they are good players".

Bilic is optimistic he will have key players Andy Carroll, who felt his groin and went off during the second-half at the Emirates Stadium, and Michail Antonio, who was suffering from sickness, ready for Saturday.

"In the first half he was good, but the recovery time was basically long for him so that's why we made a decision to change him, to save him for Saturday". You need three points to get it back.

But they deserved to win. After a nervy 2-2 draw against Manchester City on Sunday stemmed the down-heartening tide of depression that their recent poor form has inspired, dismantling West Ham United to the tune of three expertly crafted second-half goals was most refreshing.

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