Arsenal maul West Ham 3-0 to revive Champions League hope

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Slaven Bilic could become just the third manager to win his first two Premier League visits to face Arsenal after Ron Atkinson and Guus Hiddink.

There's no doubt that would be appealing for West Ham. However the Gunners are still heavy favourites to get the win of the Hammers.

A 2-1 defeat to Hull has left West Ham six points above the relegation zone and two days ago the club issued a vote of confidence in Bilic by stating they have "100 percent faith" in their manager.

The warning signs were there for West Ham as only last-ditch defending from Jose Fonte and James Collins ensured it went in level at the break, with the central defensive duo blocking close-range efforts from Bellerin and Mohamed Elneny.

The home side will definitely be without Santi Cazorla, who is a long-term absentee.

Another key injury for the Gunners is centerback Laurent Koscielny, as he is out with an Achilles problem. Aaron Ramsey and Oxlade Chamberlain may return for the Gunners. That wasn't to be after the City draw, so my enquiring that should he stay, would he welcome the addition of say Thierry Henry, Patrick Vieira or Dennis Bergkamp to work alongside him was batted straight back.

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A typical Arsenal season in recent years has seen us start the league in a formidable manner that leaves Gooners daydreaming it's the season we finally get to see the team lift the trophy we haven't won in well over a decade.

They could lose five consecutive Premier League matches for the first time since they did so under Avram Grant between April and May 2011.

Having lost their last four matches West Ham are in a real rut. "But they started to play with more freedom after scoring".

There have been four hat-tricks in Premier League meetings between these sides - Arsenal vs Liverpool is the only fixture to see more in the competition (5).

The "reminder", however, is one which Arsenal fans will surely not appreciate, in that it seems to demand they be satisfied with an extremely close battle for the top four, with six teams legitimately in contention and Arsenal, despite their history, now outsiders.

Arsenal had failed to assert itself in the first period as West Ham threatened through a Manuel Lanzini free kick before Mark Noble drove narrowly wide after stealing possession.

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