Gunners should return to winning ways

Gunners should return to winning ways
Arsenal's Ozil celebrates with teammate Giroud after scoring a goal against Hull City during their English Premier League match in London.

There's only one thing that Arsenal fans want for Christmas - and that's to get back to winning ways as soon as possible.

Every team has a blip somewhere in the season and the red half of North London will be praying that this was it.

West Ham, rivals only in terms of geography, offer the perfect opportunity for a recovery. Nothing less than a win will do here.

Arsenal have passed through the storm of their pre-Christmas fixtures and have returned to calmer waters.

To take only two points from those three games against Everton, Manchester City and Chelsea is a disappointment, but there must be perspective.

As Wenger rightly pointed out on Monday night, if he had said that the Gunners would be joint-top at Christmas after the opening-day defeat by Aston Villa, everyone would have laughed.

By anyone's standards, this has been a very good first half of the season.

In the league, they don't play another title rival until their trip to Anfield on Feb 8.

If they are ready to take it, there is the chance of a long run of victories here. But, before they can get ahead of themselves, they must first take down Sam Allardyce's team.

West Ham's season has been dominated by a conspicuous absence. Andy Carroll, recruited at enormous expense, is yet to make an appearance.

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