Andy Carroll

Andy Carroll, the star performer of the show with an impressive 10 minute hat-trick as West Ham came from 2-0 behind to lead Arsenal 2-3 before drawing the match by a Koscielny goal to set things at 3-3.

Matt Barlow rates the performances from both the sides at Upton Park.


Adrian – 5

Managed to get his gloves on Koscielny equalizer and could have even done a bit more to stop Arsenal’s first two goals. Average performance from the West Ham goalkeeper.

James Tomkins – 5.5

The centre-back was doing great. He once again filled in at the right flank of the defense allowing Antonio to go further forward and involve more in attacks but was replaced at the half-time in a tactical move by Bilic.

Winston Reid – 7

Had a pretty busy afternoon but did go with balls into the area and fought well.

Angelo Ogbonna – 6.5

Ogbonna wants to play the ball out from the back line and looks confident but sometimes it looked like he was trying to overdo things.

Michail Antonio – 6

Antonio was stretched out of position for Arsenal opener but was on hand to cross the ball for the Caroll hat-trick.

Cheikhou Kouyate – 6.5

A number of tasty challenges but sometimes looked out of position, giving Arsenal some space to attack and leaving West Ham slightly vulnerable when the Gunners hit them on the counter.

Mark Noble – 7.5

Worked very hard and tried to keep things ticking in the West Ham midfield.

Aaron Cresswell – 7

A picture perfect cross that was, any striker would have died for deliveries like that into the box. Carroll couldn’t miss it and scored the opener. A cross for Carroll’s first header and had a good attacking outlet alongside Payet down the left flank.

Manuel Lanzini – 6.5

His first-half header was ruled out as offside before his vital goal-line clearance in the second-half.

Dimitri Payet – 6.5

Payet also had to see his goal getting disallowed, he again showed flashes of class and neat skill which made him a hit at Upton Park again.

Andy Carroll – 8

Carroll was the hat-trick hero tonight. He caused problems for the Arsenal defense and was a constant nuisance, netting two times in just two minutes to level the scores that too just before half-time.

Emmanuel Emenike (Sub for Tomkins, 45) – 6


David Ospina – 6

Could have done a bit better but no help whatsoever from the defenders.

Hector Bellerin – 6

Was brilliant attacking wise as he did a good job by going forward frequently, but could have done better to stop Carroll’s goal.

Gabriel Paulista – 6

Struggled to deal with Carroll’s aerial threat and could have made more of a challenge to prevent West Ham’s second goal which made it level.

Laurent Koscielny – 7

Scored crucial equaliser to make Arsenal level at 3-3 and was the Gunners’ best defender on a good margin on a tough afternoon at the Upton park.

Nacho Monreal – 5

Poor.  He allowed Antonio to go past him and build-up the play for West Ham’s third goal.

Mohamed Elneny – 6.5

Failed to really impose himself on the game. West Ham changed their strategy and often attacked from out wide to utilise the brilliance of Carroll. As he has the ability to win the ball in the air and score.

Francis Coquelin – 5.5

Subbed on the hour mark after playing in Iwobi to assist both goals.

Alex Iwobi – 7

Best attacking display in the Arsenal squad. Two assists in the first half, among which he played in Ozil for the first and Arsenal were one goal ahead. Later he also teed up Sanchez with a deft flick.

Mesut Ozil – 5.5

Brilliant finish from the German to put Arsenal ahead but faded in the second half as the Gunners searched for an equaliser badly.

Alexis Sanchez – 6

Sanchez kept his cool and composedly scored to double their advantage but overall had a bad game compared to his standards.

Danny Welbeck – 5

Welbeck worked very hard as usual but he did not stand out and was rarely threatened.


Arsene Wenger used all 3 of his allowed Substitutes

(Giroud on for Elneny on 68 minutes, 5) Frenchman played pivotal role in equaliser as he crossed for Koscielny to score

(Ramsey on for Coquelin on 61 minutes, 5) – Returned for first match in a month.

(Walcott on for Welbeck on 85 minutes).


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