Manager Arsene Wenger felt Arsenal finally delivered the required response after they blew West Ham away with four goals in the space of 10 minutes at the start of the second half to run out 5-1 winners at Emirates Stadium.
The Gunners had slumped to successive defeats against Manchester City and Chelsea to leave them facing an uphill battle to regain a place in the top four. Wenger knew there was no more margin for error, but must have feared another night of frustration after falling behind in the rearranged Boxing Day fixture to a fine strike from Jack Collison.
However, Lukas Podolski crashed in a 25-yard effort to equalise before the break. Olivier Giroud then netted twice while Santi Cazorla and Theo Walcott also got on the scoresheet as Arsenal romped home. "We got a good response," said Wenger.
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