Arsenal beat West Ham to move back into top four

Two goals from Lukas Podolski and a strike from Olivier Giroud helped Arsenal come from behind to beat West Ham 3-1 on Tuesday night and move back into the Champions League places.

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Arsene Wenger hopes Everton slip up in top four race

Arsene Wenger said he hopes Everton slip up in the race for Champions League football next season.

Arsenal's Olivier Giroud celebrates scoring their second goal of the game with team-mate Santi Cazorla. Credit: PA Wire

Two goals from Lukas Podolski and a wonder strike from Olivier Giroud helped Arsenal beat West Ham 3-1 and move back above Everton into the Champions League places, but the Blues have a game in hand on their rivals.

"We know we have to win our games and hope that Everton will slip up somewhere. Let's focus on our job and not look too much at Everton," Wenger said.

"If we need that we'll see when we need it, but at the moment we can only do it if we win our games, so let's focus on that."

Arsenal's 3-1 victory at the Emirates

Arsenal have moved back ahead of Everton in the race for fourth place in the Premiership. Two goals from Lucas Podolski helped Arsenal come back from a goal down to beat West Ham 3-1 at the Emirates.

Arsenal's Lukas Podolski and West Ham United's Guy Demel battle for the ball Credit: David Davies/PA Wire

West Ham took the lead in the 40th minute through Matt Jarvis but two from Podolski and another goal for Olivier Giroud ensured all three points for the Gunners.

Defeat leaves West Ham in 11th place, seven points clear of the relegation. Everton can leapfrog ahead of Arsenal again if they beat Crystal Palace tomorrow night.

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Wenger: Vital Arsenal qualify for Champions League

Arsene Wenger has stressed the importance of Arsenal qualifying for the Champions League next season as he prepares his side for a crucial game against West Ham tonight.

A win at the Emirates would move Arsenal above Everton and into the top four and give their season a further boost after Saturday's FA Cup semi-final victory.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger. Credit: PA Wire

"It is vital to me to do it. I want this club to play in the top level competition, and for that you want to be in the Champions League," Wenger said.

"What will be an advantage is our desire to play in this competition because we love the Champions League and just to imagine how much we love it will help us to achieve it.

"The pain of not having it? I would like them (the players) rather to concentrate on the pleasure to be in it."

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