Football: Arsenal revive top-four challenge with 3-0 win over West Ham

Arsenal's Mesut Ozil (centre) celebrates scoring a goal.
Arsenal's Mesut Ozil (centre) celebrates scoring a goal.PHOTO: EPA

LONDON (REUTERS) - Arsenal re-ignited their stuttering top-four challenge, climbing above Manchester United into fifth place, with a 3-0 home victory over West Ham United in the Premier League on Wednesday (April 5).

Rumours of a fan protest were well founded with many empty seats visible during an otherwise uneventful first hour which yielded few chances before Mesut Ozil curled in a 58th-minute opener.

Theo Walcott doubled the Gunners' advantage, finishing a slick passing move with a close-range finish 10 minutes later, before Olivier Giroud came off the bench and scored a sublime third to seal his side's second win in seven games.

Arsenal have 54 points from 29 games, while West Ham, who suffered a fifth straight loss, are 15th with 33 from 31.