Arsene Wenger admits Arsenal failed to cope with Andy Carroll’s threat

Arsene Wenger remains factual of Arsenal not able to cope with the threats of Andy Carroll, after the forward netted hat-trick to hand West Ham United a 3-3 draw in the final London Derby at the Boleyn Ground.

The Gunners went two goals upfront kind courtesy Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez in 43 minutes before Andy Carroll used the last two minutes to half-time to restore parity- 2-2 to end the half.

West Ham United took the lead through Andy Carroll on 50 minutes before Luarent Koscienly equalised on 70 minutes to give the Gunners a point.

Arsenal’s lacklustre defence was exposed by Carroll’s quick-fire goals and Arsene Wenger thinks his boys struggled to deal with that lapses.

“Why did we struggle with Carroll? Because he’s good in the air. We had a good game but a bad result, and we paid for a weakness we have had all season – headers in our box.”

“He was lucky to finish the game, but that doesn’t mean we have to concede goals from headers; we have to look at ourselves.”

Leicester City could easily open their lead from Arsenal’s third position to 13 points if they beat Sunderland on Sunday which means the Gunners title hopes will realistically be over. But Arsene Wenger thinks there is hope for his side.

“We are third on 59 points and that’s not where we want to be. We have made it much more difficult to have a chance to win the championship but no matter, we have to keep going.”

“You never know what will happen, and we have clubs chasing us as well, so we have to be serious and focus on finishing as high as possible.”