Bilic and Wenger (right) are both under pressure to get results
1. Wenger lives to fight another day
There were no Wenger Out chants here tonight. Barely even a sign in fact. The Arsenal fans appear resigned to the fact that no matter how loud they scream, Wenger will not disclose his plans for next season until he’s ready.
The frustration tonight festered in typical accord with an Emirates crowd that knows the title race is well over for another season. But once Mesut Ozil’s goal went in that tension died. It is so often the case at Arsenal that a goal settles the nerves and Wenger will be grateful Ozil’s stake came when it did.
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2. 'Wenger out, Wenger in'
Not that the West Ham fans cared too much about the Frenchman. They offered plenty of amusement throughout the evening with “Wenger Out! Wenger In!” chants – mocking the Gunners fans for their loyalty split that has, let’s faced it, turned into something of a circus with pro- and anti-Wenger banners, vans and planes everywhere.
But be careful West Ham fans. You may be facing the same questions about your manager’s future soon enough. The Hammers board has already given Slaven Bilic the dreaded vote of confidence. This was their fifth straight defeat. At the moment Bilic is closer to the Hammers exit door than Wenger is Arsenal.
3. Koscielny not missed
There was a time – back when Arsenal were losing League Cup finals to Birmingham – that Laurent Koscielny was deemed dispensable. How far the centre-back has come. Koscielny is the heartbeat of this Arsenal defence and when he’s absent – such as against Bayern Munich both home and away – the Gunners usually look lost.
Koscielny was out injured tonight and West Ham had their chances to exploit the lack of leadership. Mark Noble dragged wide an early chance, while Andy Carroll was a first-half handful.
But credit to Shkodran Mustafi and Gabriel, who between them handled Carroll so well that that England international was eventually subbed off.
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Mesut Ozil's goal began the rout for Arsenal
Emiliano Martinez was back in an Arsenal shirt for the first time since December 2014
4. Emiliano Martinez
It was a strong performance from Martinez, who last played for Arsenal in December 2014. With Petr Cech and David Ospina injured, Martinez was thrown into it here. He had little to do bar excellent saves to deny Manuel Lanzini’s powerful, swerving effort and a Diafra Sakho rasper.
5. West Ham’s defence
West Ham have now lost five games on the bounce – and they can’t defend their way out of this. Bilic’s side has completely lost the flair that, yes, Dimitri Payet possessed. Even Payet on an off day offered something other than brutish gambols forward. Andy Carroll was stuck on his own for long periods of this game and was rather ineffective. Michail Antonio was disappointing, as was Andre Ayew.