West Ham United striker Andy Carroll had a phenomenal game as he notched a remarkable hat-trick during his side’s enthralling 3-3 draw with London rivals Arsenal.
In what was the Boleyn Ground’s last ever London derby ahead of West Ham’s move to the Olympic Stadium, spectators could have asked for any more as they were in for an absolute treat.
Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez put Arsenal 2-0 up and looking comfortable, yet Andy Carroll simply had other ideas as he hauled his side back into it with two quick-fire goals just before half-time.
The England international went on to complete his hat-trick early in the second-half, yet his three goals don’t tell the full story as to how the Gunners simply couldn’t live with his physical presence up top.
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As shown by the table provided by Opta, the former Newcastle United man posted an incredible ten efforts on goal over the course of the 90 minutes - more than you’d expect from Cristiano Ronaldo on a good day.
Aside from his goals, Carroll also contributed with five aerial duels, 39 touches and 13 accurate passes.
His presence in the air is certainly a handful for defenders to deal with, and on this particular occasion Arsenal duo Laurent Koscielny and Gabriel Paulista had no answer to the striker’s sheer endeavour.
Standing at 6ft 4inch, there aren’t many in world football who can do what Carroll does and when it all falls into place like it did at the Boleyn Ground, there aren’t many who can stop him.
Following his hat-trick, many have called for the 27-year-old to be included in the England squad for this summer and on such evidence there is a strong case to draft him in.