After watching Andy Carroll score a hat-trick for West Ham in a 3-3 draw, Arsene Wenger has admitted in the post-match conference that Arsenal’s horrible aerial defending made them vulnerable to crosses, which has derailed their Premier League title chase this season The Gunners raced into a two-goal lead thanks to Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez on Saturday at Upton Park before Carroll’s treble turned the game on its head.
Here are 5 talking points about the game and its impact, a must read!
- Andy Carroll Call from England International team
Roy Hodgson has no shortage of options at the forward line for the Euro 2016, but Andy Carroll’s brilliant display on Saturday night will surely lead to calls for the striker to make the final cut. Despite boasting one of the best defences in the Premier League, Carroll tore that Arsenal defense apart and scored his second professional career hat-trick. Carroll offers something different to the team, something that other English strikers do not have. Now it is a tough call for Roy Hodgson to make as he already has a well-set team which recently defeated Germany. But the thing which is more important: Can Carroll stay fit till then? We will see!
- Arsenal fans can throw the Calculators away!
It’s time for the Arsenal fans to understand from this point they cannot cover the huge point gap between them and Leicester City. Arsenal faced a difficult task to overhaul the league leaders Leicester. This draw could be the final nail in their coffin as they were already 11 points behind the Foxes. It wasn’t only a two point drop, but also the loss of momentum. The momentum which the Gunners gained by two back to back consecutive victories over Everton and Watford.
- West Ham United were Unlucky
West Ham are lining up everything they have to earn a place in the Champions League next season, for that they need to be in the top 4 this season. Meanwhile, Manchester United, Chelsea, Manchester City, Liverpool are fighting for that same place. The Hammers were disappointed today seeing two of their goals getting disallowed. The first one was Manuel Lanzini’s early header ruled out for offside before Dimitri Payet’s disallowed goal as Carroll fouled Koscielny. Decisions were a bit harsh according to many critics and in the end, it was the Hammers who left with disappointment in their heart after such a brilliant display.
- Hammers can take some positives from the game
Many fans may say Carroll has won the game for West Ham but it was an all-around performance. West Ham could have bowed down to Arsenal with two of their goals getting disallowed while the Gunners were leading 2-0. But Slaven Billic’s side took the positives and Carroll scored 3 times past Ospina, an 8-minute hat-trick it was. So there is nothing to be disappointed, West Ham should take the positives from this clash and must keep their Champions League qualification hopes alive.
- No chance for David Ospina
Many claimed Petr Cech was to start at Upton Park after a calf problem, but Wenger had other ideas, he kept faith on Ospina. Whether Cech could have done better playing for the Gunners is just a matter of debate but surely he couldn’t have done anything to save three of Carroll’s spectacular goals. The opening goal for the trailing West Ham United was a clinical header, the second one was an outstanding left-footed volley which was unstoppable and the final one which gave the Hammers the lead was deflected of Gabriel no goalkeeper in the world could have saved that.