Though the first half was not so amazing, Mesut Ozil, on his 150th appearance for the Gunners, fired home from the edge of the box after being gifted possession by Jose Fonte in the second half.
Again the German, after playing a one-two with Alexis Sanchez, crossed for Theo Walcott – captain for the day in the absence of the injured Laurent Koscielny – to turn home from eight yards out.
And Olivier Giroud curled in a fantastic third after being picked out by fellow substitute Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
Arsenal are now up to fifth in the table.
‘Development in the Emirates’
The Gunners had only won one and drawn another in their past six Premier League games, to leave their hopes of Champions League qualification – having reached the last 17 tournaments – in real jeopardy.
There were more protests against long-serving manager Arsene Wenger – with some Gunners fans not taking their seats until the 13th minute. It has been 13 years since they last won the league.
But it did not distract the team too much, admittedly against opposition in even worse form than themselves.
Arsenal had the best of the first half, but it was after the break they took control of the game.
Wenger on Ozil: “I feel that he’s back physically with focus.
“I know him quite well and I felt that he got hit hard from us going out of the Champions League and it took him some time to recover from that mentally.
“I feel for a few weeks now in training he’s really focused again – and that comes out in the game.
“Of course [he deserves credit]. We live in a world of extremes… we are always praised maybe more than we deserve it and punished more than we deserve it when it doesn’t go well – but that’s our world.”
‘Our confidence goes quickly and comes back slowly’ – manager reaction
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger told BBC Sport: “West Ham defended well in the first half and we needed to find a solution in the second half. We were convincing after the break.
“Ozil and Sanchez are important players but everyone did well. You could not say any player had a bad performance.
“We come out of a difficult period and our confidence goes quickly and comes back slowly.
“We are in the final sprint in the Premier League. Consistency will be very important.
“We have a little handicap on the points front. We have less possibilities to drop points.”
West Ham boss Slaven Bilic told BBC Sport: “Arsenal deserved to win. The first half was OK, not only because of the score but we were good. We defended well with numbers. And we were also good on counter-attacks.
“In the second half they raised the tempo and scored a goal, and they were the better team. They were sharper than us tonight.
“We wanted to keep a clean sheet and the draw as long as possible, or even better to score, and make their fans and players a bit more nervous. But they started to play with more freedom after scoring.
“Of course we are [in a relegation battle]. We don’t have to hide it. It’s not being negative, it’s being realistic. I told the players to forget today – we have big games ahead of us. It’s a massive game against Swansea on Saturday. We are in a fight to keep our Premier League status. We have to start winning games.
“To get that confidence back is the key point. One win will change everything for us. Because three points at this stage of the season are massive.”
Match of the Day analysis
Former Arsenal striker Ian Wright: “I’m just delighted Arsenal got something from the game. Mesut Ozil does what he does. It’s his demeanour which upsets people, throwing his hands up in the air. It’s unfortunate for him that because of his languid style he gets a lot of stick. As a forward, I’d want him behind me.
“I do feel for Slaven Bilic. I have a lot of time for him. The board have said they will back him. I just hope it’s not lip service.”
Arsenal reach century of goals – the stats you need to know
- Arsenal became the first Premier League side to score 100 goals in all competitions this season (currently 101).
- Theo Walcott has scored more Premier League goals against West Ham than he has against any other side (six).
- Slaven Bilic’s side have failed to keep a clean sheet in any of their past 12 away Premier League games.
- Arsenal have won both Premier League games against West Ham in a season on 10 occasions – more than they have against any other side.
- No player has made more errors leading to a goal than Darren Randolph this season (three, level with Simon Francis and John Stones).
- Mesut Ozil has scored and assisted in the same Premier League game for the second time this season, with the other game being the reverse fixture against the Hammers
- Olivier Giroud has scored more Premier League goals as a substitute than any other player this season (five)
- Emiliano Martinez has kept a clean sheet in three of the four Premier League games he’s started for Arsenal.
Credits: BBC, Stingged.com