Wednesday, 26 April, 2017

Slaven Bilic: 'It's a massively important period'

Alexis Sanchez scored a hat-trick in Arsenal's 5-1 thrashing of West Ham in December Alexis Sanchez scored a hat-trick in Arsenal's 5-1 thrashing of West Ham in December
Kristopher Love | 21 April, 2017, 16:54

"We have fewer possibilities to drop points". We are always praised maybe more than we deserve it when it goes well, and punished more than we deserve it when it doesn't go well. He played an important role in their 3-0 victory against West Ham on Wednesday.

"It was a good result and a relief as well because we had gone through a bad period but the mentality of the team was healthy. It is coming into motion, you saw some signs at Man City and more today and hopefully it is going to go on and on". Theo Walcott was shoved to the ground by Arthur Masuaku, but the referee opted against pointing to the spot. I wouldn't say that we were outclassed in this game, not in the first half. So overall, we have done it before in more hard conditions. We wanted to get a clean sheet, simple as that.

"When you're such a long time at the club, you care really about people who care about the club and you know how sad they are when it doesn't go well".

The Gunners had to play their third-choice keeper, Emiliano Martinez, after injuries to Petr Cech and David Ospina. The Emirates is wracked with uncertainty these days, with the futures of Wenger, Sanchez and Ozil still cloudy.

"To get that confidence back is the key point".

"Goals always breed confidence in players but Mesut is a fantastic player, he has played for Real Madrid, is a World Cup victor and has been through a lot of ups and downs so there is nothing he can't come back from".

For Wenger, Arsenal solved the problem that West Ham put in front of them and he hailed his whole team for turning on the style.

West Ham manager Slaven Bilic said of the Swansea clash: "We need that win".

Spurs eventually turned it around and left the Liberty Stadium with all three points, ensuring that the Hammers still have some breathing space between themselves and Saturday's opponents.

'We have to do the job, ' he said. One win will change everything for us. "We have big belief". Hopefully like that we can make it happen.

West Ham's situation has been complicated by their home form this season - the team have won just five of 15 league games at the London Stadium - and all their home matches after Swansea are against teams challenging for Europe.