Slaven Bilic: Andy Carroll needs to take more responsibility for his fitness

11 Apr

He said: “I’d love a phone call. I don’t know if I’m expecting one. It’s nice to be spoken about in that way but at the minute I’ve just got to concentrate on our job at West Ham and if it comes, it comes. It’s something at the back of my head but it’s not my decision.

“I’m something different, as simple as that. There’s a lot of great strikers out there but I don’t feel they’ve got what I’ve got.”

Arsenal knew they had to win to get back in the title race and looked like they were on course when Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez gave them a 2-0 lead.

But Carroll then scored three times in eight minutes, and despite Koscielny bagging an equaliser it felt like yet another massive opportunity missed.

Arsene Wenger insisted afterwards it wasn’t leadership his side lacked at 2-0 up but the “tricky attitude” needed to cope with Carroll.

He said: “I don’t deny we lacked something at 2-0. Is it leadership? I’m not completely convinced, it’s just heading the ball. We lacked a bit of a tricky attitude.

“We know that Carroll can beat anyone in the air but we jumped and made it a bit not uncomfortable for him. Ideally you don’t want an opponent an easy header.”

West Ham (4-2-3-1): Adrian 6; Tomkins 5 (Emenike 46, 6), Reid 7, Ogbonna 6, Cresswell 7; Noble 6, Kouyate 6; Antonio 6, Lanzini 6, Payet 7; CARROLL 8.

Subs: Randolph, Valencia, Obiang, Moses, Hendrie, Oxford
UP NEXT: Manchester United (h), FA Cup, Wednesday

Arsenal (4-2-3-1): Ospina 4; Bellerin 6, Koscielny 6, Gabriel 5, Monreal 5; Coquelin 6 (Ramsey 61, 7), Elneny 6 (Giroud 68, 6); Sanchez 7, Ozil 7, IWOBI 7; Welbeck 6 (Walcott 82)
Subs: Cech, Gibbs, Mertesacker, Walcott, Ramsey, Chambers
UP NEXT: Crystal Palace (h), Premier League, Sunday

Referee: Craig Pawson 5
Star Player: Andy Carroll – A menace
Star Shocker: David Ospina – Bag of nerves


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