Andy Carrol’s hat trick took the shine off Alex Iwobi’s superb showing that saw the Nigerian international setting up two of Arsenal’s three goals in Saturday’s 3-3 draw against West Ham United.
Arsenal were pegged back by Andy Carroll after taking a two-goal lead against West Ham United. Goals from Mesut Ozil and Alexis put the Gunners in charge after Alex Iwobi set both players up for clinical finishes inside the box.
But the home side who had seen Manuel Lanzini’s goal ruled out for offside bounced back as Carroll headed in Aaron Cresswell’s cross and then beat David Ospina again just before the break for 2-2.
After the break, Carrol again brought his aerial abilities to bare when he climbed above the Arsenal defense to head home West Ham’s third, clinching his hat trick of the afternoon but the Gunners were not done yet as Koscielny restored parity 18 minutes later.
While Iwobi who claimed two assists in the game started and played the entire duration of the encounter, Emenike came in for Tompkins at half time. Moses was an unused substitute.
Before this game Arsène Wenger said he was “reluctant to change anything that works”. He duly named the same line-up for the third consecutive Premier League game following those impressive wins over Everton and Watford.
Petr Cech and Aaron Ramsey returned to the squad but had to be content with a place on the bench alongside Theo Walcott and Olivier Giroud. Iwobi, meanwhile, was looking to emulate Davor Suker – the only Arsenal player to score in his first three league starts.
Of all Arsenal’s remaining fixtures, this would perhaps be the toughest. West Ham were unbeaten in 13 home games and had the best record in London derbies this season – 14 points from seven games, including that opening-day win at Emirates Stadium.
Arsenal had to settle for a point after a topsy-turvy six-goal thriller against West Ham United. The visitors were in control after Alex Iwobi set up Mesut Ozil and Alexis for clinical first-half finishes. But Andy Carroll took over just before the break, heading in Aaron Cresswell’s cross and equalising just 160 seconds later.
Arsenal’s hard work had been undone in the blink of an eye and they found themselves behind when Carroll completed his hat-trick with a powerful header.
Arsène Wenger made two attacking changes in an effort to turn the tide and his team fought back gamely to level through Laurent Koscielny.
There were chances at both ends in a tense finale but Arsenal could not find the winner they craved. It’s a blow for their feint title hopes but, considering Carroll’s display, it could have been worse.