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Walcott confident Arsenal are back on the up

Ospina collides with Otamendi in Arsenal's 2-2 draw with Manchester City Ospina collides with Otamendi in Arsenal's 2-2 draw with Manchester City
Hilda Schwartz | 15 April, 2017, 12:22

Going into the game, the teams had just two league wins between them since the start of February, with Arsenal seven points adrift of the top four at kick-off.

Arsene Wenger's side have won just 3 out of their last 10 fixtures in all competitions, with all three of those victories coming against non-league opposition.

The Gunners had only won one and drawn another in their past six Premier League games, to leave their hopes of Champions League qualification - having reached the last 17 tournaments - in real jeopardy.

"At the moment the heads are going down, which is not good, so we need to have a little chat before Saturday's game". Not a team of 11, a team of 60,000, plus 18 other players, staff, and many more.

While Arsenal appear to have turned a corner, the defeat for West Ham marked a fifth straight loss as Slaven Bilic's side continue to fall deeper into the fight for top-flight survival.

(Arthur) Masuaku tried to clear it, I think off (Theo) Walcott, but (Alexis) Sanchez wasn't offside.

Speaking afterwards a visibly relaxed Wenger said: "It's possible of course [to finish in the top four] if you look we have a game in hand".

'We wanted to do it before this game against Swansea.

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Bilic added: "They deserved to win".

And the Arsenal manager expressed his pleasure that his team have put their recent nervousness behind them:"It's a good result tonight and a relief as well because we have gone through a bad period".

Goalkeeper: We have something of a goalkeeper crisis to deal with as the Mirror reported earlier this evening that David Ospina is set to miss out tomorrow after suffering a back problem against Man City.

"We have a little handicap on the points front".

"Sometimes we underestimate - and we've been through it - what it's like when the pressure is on you".

In fact, the German magazine believe Bilic "will go" regardless of what happens at West Ham between now and May, with the Hammers ready to replace him with former Bayer Leverkusen manager Roger Schmidt. One win will change everything for us.

Striker Diafra Sakho made his first appearance since November after recovering from a back injury, although he only touched the ball eight times after his second-half introduction.

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