Arsenal vs. West Ham United: 6 Things We Learned from Gunners' Crucial Win

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Arsenal vs. West Ham United: 6 Things We Learned from Gunners' Crucial Win
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Arsenal moved back into fourth place in the Premier League and provisionally above Everton after two goals from Lukas Podolski and a third from Olivier Giroud were enough to beat West Ham United 3-1 at the Emirates Stadium on Tuesday.

Arsene Wenger will be more than happy with his team for their work over the past four days. Arsenal secured an FA Cup final appearance after beating Wigan Athletic on 12 April, and after this victory over West Ham, they have moved back into pole position in the race to qualify for the Champions League.

The Gunners had to do it the hard way for the second time against West Ham this season.

Back on 26 December, Arsenal beat the Hammers 3-1 after Sam Allardyce's team had taken the lead. Tonight they repeated that feat.

In a tight and testing first half, Matt Jarvis gave the visitors the lead after latching onto Antonio Nocerino's blocked shot. The lead was short-lived, however, as Podolski accepted Santi Cazorla's excellent slide rule pass to fire home the equalizer.

The goal came on the stroke of half-time and seemed to knock the stuffing out of West Ham.

The second period was a far different affair, with Arsenal forcing the pace. Giroud blasted in from close range after a sublime piece of skill to take the ball down under pressure. The goal was in direct contrast to the Frenchman's tepid attempt in the first half when he really should have scored.

Wenger then introduced Aaron Ramsey to the fray, and the Welshman provided an instant injection to the team. His cushioned header sent Podolski through on goal and he hammered it home with aplomb.

In the end, Arsenal won easily, and they worked hard to earn that right.

Here, Bleacher Report offers six things we learned from Arsenal vs. West Ham...



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