Wenger: Squad believe we have a chance
Arsene Wenger feels Arsenal provided all the right answers as they battled to a 3-1 win at West Ham.
The Gunners headed to Upton Park looking to produce the required response following a disappointing 2-1 home defeat by Barclays Premier League leaders Chelsea, after having beaten Olympiacos in their midweek European tie.
Arsenal dominated the early stages, but were made to pay for not making the most of possession when Mohamed Diame put the Irons in front with a well-taken first goal for the club after 21 minutes. However, the Gunners then dug deep to level before the interval through Olivier Giroud, his first in the Premier League, with substitute Theo Walcott adding a second on the break and the industrious Santi Cazorla cracking in a 25-yard effort to wrap things up with seven minutes left.
"We started with a lot of questions raised about the team. We have now played seven games and the belief in the squad is that we have a chance," said Wenger. "Of course we now need to do it week after week. The spirit and quality are there. It is about how consistent we are now.
"It was important for us to respond well and after our defeat against Chelsea, we won against Olympiacos on Wednesday night.
"We had a difficult game three days later and we knew a draw here was not good enough for us, so we went for it and gave absolutely everything to win the game."