The Gunners entered the tie having slipped out of the top four for the first time in 2014, with Everton’s weekend win while the Londoners were in FA Cup action having seen them slide into the final Champions League qualification slot.
With the pressure on Arsenal it looked like it may be another frustrating night for Arsene Wenger as Matt Jarvis put West Ham into the lead, but a double from Lukas Podolski and an effort from Olivier Giroud recued the three points.
After the game, the Frenchman told Sky Sports that he was thrilled with the character his team showed and the way they responded to recent pressure:
“We needed to win. We did it. Let’s continue like that,
“Everybody’s under pressure to do well and the best way to deal with that pressure is to just focus on your own performances.
“Overall, it’s a hard-fought win but a very, very important one and as well, a very pleasant (one) because after the Saturday game we had to dig deep with some players and they showed a great mental response.”
As well as competing for the final Champions League spot, Arsenal may well end their nine year trophy drought after reaching the FA Cup final, in which they will take on Hull at Wembley.
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