West Ham striker Andy Carroll netted a superb hat-trick for West Ham against Arsenal on Saturday, to give the Hammers a share of the points in an entertaining 3-3 draw. The striker’s performance has also got people wondering whether the target-man would be useful addition to Roy Hodgson’s England squad for EURO 2016.
Carroll’s hat-trick was timed at just seven minutes and 14 seconds, with the first two of his goals coming just before the break. Arsenal had looked in control, courtesy of goals from Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez. However, once again they produced a trademark capitulation, to find themselves 3-2 down by the 52 minute.
Here are Carroll’s goals, which came on 42, 45(+2) and 52 minutes. The trio both highlight the 27-year-old’s striking power and the Gunners’ soft centre at the back…
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Carroll was rather lucky to still be on the pitch to score his goals after a rather bad foul on Laurent Koscielny early on in the game…
The former Liverpool man received a yellow for that challenge but then escaped another card after the break, despite swinging an elbow into Gabriel’s face.
To their credit, Arsenal did fight back, with Laurent Koscielny equalising to make it 3-3. However, overall, the game was a perfect microcosm of the north Londoners’ season – with impressive play giving false hope, followed by dismal defending and then a rally at the end when it’s all too late.
Arsenal now find themselves a whopping 10 points behind leaders Leicester City, while West Ham are sixth, two points off the top four.
As for an England place, with Harry Kane, Jamie Vardy, Wayne Rooney and Danny Welbeck all assured a place on the plane to France this summer, Carroll’s chances of taking part in EURO 2016 still look rather slim.