Arsene Wenger targets 'vital' West Ham win

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger on the touchline at Stamford Bridge on January 20, 2013
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Arsene Wenger says it is "vital" that Arsenal beat West Ham United on Wednesday night at the Emirates Stadium.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has insisted it is "vital" that his side beat West Ham United on Wednesday.

The Gunners currently sit sixth in the Premier League, seven points off fourth place having lost 2-1 to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.

The Frenchman is adamant that his side must bounce back from their defeat to the Blues.

"It is vital for us," Wenger told Arsenal Player. "We are in a position where you are of course concerned by where we are. It's very difficult to accept because you feel there is a lot of quality in the team but football is [about] efficiency and spirit of efficiency.

"You cannot test the water and then decide what you do. We have to start with full cylinders from the first minute.

"The quality is there. I always hope that it will strengthen the belief of our team. At the moment we have a battle on that front and hopefully we'll sort that out very quickly."

Arsenal host the Hammers at the Emirates Stadium on Wednesday.

Arsenal players surround referee Mike Dean following the sending off of Laurent Koscielny against Man City on January 13, 2013
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