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Summary

  1. Arsenal go fifth, above Man Utd, with victory
  2. Over two months since West Ham's last league win
  3. Keeper Martinez started for Gunners, with Cech and Ospina injured

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By Emlyn Begley

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Match report - Arsenal 3-0 West Ham

Mesut Ozil
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Arsenal boosted their Champions League hopes with a deserved victory over out-of-form West Ham, who are in real relegation trouble. 

After a quiet first half, Mesut Ozil, on his 150th appearance for the Gunners, fired home from the edge of the box after being gifted possession by Jose Fonte. 

And the German, after playing a one-two with Alexis Sanchez, crossed for Theo Walcott - captain for the day in the absence of the injured Laurent Koscielny - to turn home from eight yards out. 

And substitute Olivier Giroud curled in a fantastic third after being picked out by fellow substitute Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

I'm going to leave you there for the night, but check out our match report here.

FULL-TIME - Arsenal 3-0 West Ham

It's all over, a good day for Arsenal. But another night to forget for West Ham.

PENALTY APPEAL

Arsenal want a late penalty as Nacho Monreal goes down in the box after being caught by Sam Bryam. He can't believe it hasn't been given. Neither can I. Byram got a lot of shin and not much ball.

Arsenal keeper Emiliano Martinez makes his second save of the game - holding Edimilson Fernandes' 20-yard effort for the Hammers.

There's only a couple of minutes left now and this game is done and dusted. Nothing to see here really.

Gunners substitutes link up

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, moments after coming on, charges at the West Ham defence and plays the ball to Olivier Giroud. The Frenchman, who was also a substitute, takes a touch and curls home a fantastic effort from 16 yards out.

A 3-0 scoreline is fair enough really. West Ham have been poor.

GOAL - Arsenal 3-0 West Ham

Olivier Giroud

Olivier Giroud
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SUBSTITUTION

West Ham bring on 20-year-old Swiss midfielder Edimilson Fernandes for captain Mark Noble.

And Arsenal make two switches - Aaron Ramsey and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain replace Mohamed Elneny and Theo Walcott.

Granit Xhaka shoots, Darren Randolph parries, Olivier Giroud can't turn the rebound home.

YELLOW CARD

West Ham defender Sam Byram brings down Alexis Sanchez. Yellow card.

Arsenal 2-0 West Ham

100 - @Arsenal are the first Premier League side to score 100 goals in all competitions this season. Century.

Arsenal goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez makes his first Premier League save since 2014 to keep out Manuel Lanzini's powerful 18-yard shot.

SUBSTITUTION

Arsenal make their first change - Olivier Giroud replaces Danny Welbeck up front.

It's all Arsenal - this could actually end up three or four now. Alexis Sanchez plays a ball over the top, no defenders to be seen. Well one defender - but he's an Arsenal one. Hector Bellerin turns it wide from 12 yards out though.

West Ham are three points above the relegation zone as things stand.

Sanchez and Ozil link up again

Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil have shown a lot of nice link-up play in the second half and it brings their deserved second goal.

Ozil finds Sanchez, who backheels it back to the German. He squares it and Theo Walcott tucks the ball home from eight yards out.

GOAL - Arsenal 2-0 West Ham

Theo Walcott

Game over surely.

Theo Walcott
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Mesut Ozil crosses and Mohamed Elneny's header is straight at Darren Randolph. It does feel like Arsenal could score another goal or two here.

Danny Welbeck shoots into the side-netting. It is fairly one-way traffic now.

SUBSTITUTION

A bit of a surprising switch as Andy Carroll comes off for West Ham. On in his place is Diafra Sakho, who makes his first appearance since November following a back injury.

YELLOW CARD

Arsenal defender Shkodran Mustafi is booked for chopping down Robert Snodgrass. He's not happy because he won the ball. But he did get a lot of Scottish leg too.

It's almost 2-0 to Arsenal now as Theo Walcott slips in Danny Welbeck, with Hammers keeper Darren Randolph doing well to keep his effort out.

West Ham heads appear to have dropped. Is this going to be a fifth consecutive Premier League defeat?

Ozil breaks the deadlock

Finally we've had a goal. Jose Fonte plays a terrible clearance straight to Mesut Ozil, who takes a touch and curls home from just outside the box.

West Ham keeper Darren Randolph could have done better with it, but he claims he was unsighted by a player in the way.

GOAL - Arsenal 1-0 West Ham

Mesut Ozil

Mesut Ozil
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As things stand, Arsenal are six points behind the Champions League places - thanks to Manchester City trailing at Chelsea. It could be down to four (with a game in hand) if the Gunners can score.

Both Jose Fonte and Arthur Masuaku are OK to continue, thankfully for the Hammers.

Fonte's first act since coming back on is to commit a foul.

West Ham have two defenders down injured - as Jose Fonte and Arthur Masuaku clashed heads while trying to deal with a corner. They are both getting treatment.

Alexis Sanchez finds Mesut Ozil in space in the box and it's a sensational goal-saving tackle by James Collins. A genuinely world-class bit of defending.

Alexis Sanchez
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Mesut Ozil is in on goal, but it's too good to be true. He was offside after James Collins stepped up.

KICK-OFF

Arsenal 0-0 West Ham

Arsenal get the second half under way.

SUBSTITUTION

West Ham midfielder Michail Antonio only lasts 45 minutes on his return from a hamstring injury. He only made 10 passes in the first half, fewer than anyone else for the Hammers. Robert Snodgrass replaces him.

Arsenal keeper Emiliano Martinez hasn't had to make any saves in his first Premier League game since 2014. He's had 13 touches though, two more than Danny Welbeck.

Here are the match stats from the first half at the Emirates.

Stats
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It's half-time in the other three 19:45 BST kick-offs too.

Swansea are 1-0 up against Tottenham, Hull are beating Middlesbrough 3-2 and Southampton and Crystal Palace are 1-1.

In the 20:00 BST games, Chelsea lead Manchester City 2-1, with Bournemouth 1-0 up at Liverpool.

Live reporting on all those games here.

HALF-TIME

Arsenal 0-0 West Ham

Arsenal ended the half well on top, but without being able to score. It's not been a classic.

Mesut Ozil hits the post, but he was offside anyway.

Theo Walcott is almost in for Arsenal but Darren Randolph flies off his line to smother his effort.

Theo Walcott
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Arsenal have their best chances of the game so far - Hector Bellerin has a shot blocked by Jose Fonte, with Mohamed Elneny's follow-up effort deflected over by James Collins.

And Danny Welbeck heads at Darren Randolph from the corner.

YELLOW CARD

West Ham midfielder Manuel Lanzini goes into the book for fouling Hector Bellerin. The referee let play go on, before showing the Argentine a yellow card after the Gunners attack ended.

Ball falls to Arsenal midfielder Mohamed Elneny outside the box and he shoots - I mean I think it was a shot - with the outside of his foot. It goes halfway between the goal and the corner flag. Shocking.

I'd love for you to stay here with me obviously, but if you like goals - you're in the wrong place.

There have been between one and four goals in each of the other five Premier League games tonight. 

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