Carroll's hat-trick not enough for West Ham to win, but Arsenal's title hopes surely over after 3-3 draw

Carroll's hat-trick not enough for West Ham to win, but Arsenal's title hopes surely over after 3-3 draw
Payet or Sanchez, who will come out on top? (photo: vavel)

Unfortunately, that's all we've got time for today. I've been Oliver Emmerson, taking you through West Ham's 3-3 draw with Arsenal. Until next time, goodbye!

It did look like the away side were going to take all the points, going two goals ahead, only for a superb hat-trick from Andy Carroll to swing the game back in West Ham's favour. Laurent Koscielny got an equaliser for Arsenal to secure a point, but it'll feel like two points dropped rather than one gained for the Gunners.

That was a fantastic game of football, with the spoils deservedly shared at the end of it. It wasn't the result that either of them wanted or needed, denting West Ham's Champions League hopes whilst Arsenal are now 10 points off Leicester with six to play.

Full-time! West Ham United 3-3 Arsenal

90: Three minutes of added time, can anyone find a winner?

89: Everyone on the pitch looks spent. Antonio finds the strenght to saunter up the pitch and launch a long throw into the area, but Ospina claims it.

81: End to end stuff! Sanchez fails to get a shot away in the West Ham area, calling for a penalty which was never going to be given. The hosts race up the other end, but Payet's pass to Carroll isn't good enough. Walcott replaces Welbeck for Arsenal.

77: West Ham have responded well to the Arsenal equaliser. Cresswell again involved, a curling shot bounces just before it gets to Ospina, making it difficult for the goalkeeper as he does well to push it wide.

75: A real chance for West Ham as Cresswell wins the ball off Bellerin, giving Payet a chance to go free down the left. He comes inside and sets up Lanzini, who gets the ball tangled between his feet before Arsenal clear.

70: Not the most 'Arsenal' of goals, but they all count! The Gunners keep the ball alive from a corner, it pinballs about in the area a little before finding its way to Koscielny, who scoops the ball past Adrian. 3-3!

GOAL! Arsenal are level through Koscielny!

68: Off the line! An Arsenal corner is cleared only as far as Monreal, who lashed a shot towards the corner of the net, only for Lanzini to block brilliantly.

64: Great defending from Koscielny for Arsenal, cutting out Payet's pass to Kouyate after the midfielder had drifted past three Gunners shirts in a spellbinding run.

61: Arsene Wenger makes his first change of the game, Coquelin off for Ramsey. An attacking change, certainly.

54: Handbags between Noble and Iwobi, with the West Ham captain continuing to try and win the ball after the whistle had gone. He protests that he hadn't heard it, and no bookings are awarded.

52: Arsenal have completely folded here, it's a brilliant comeback from West Ham United. Antonio beats Monreal down the right hand side, hanging the ball up at the back post for Carroll, who gives Ospina no chance with a powerful header. He has a hat-trick, West Ham have the lead!


50: Goal! No? Ruled out! Huge confusion as Carroll beats Koscielny for pace in-behind. There's a mistake between Koscielny and Ospina as the go for the ball, allowing it to break for Payet for a tap in. However, the referee had blown for a foul on Carroll pulling the Arsenal defender down, and it won't count. 

49: West Ham have a huge penalty shout as Lanzini goes down under the challenge of Bellerin in the area, nothing given. It's probably the right decision, it'd have been a soft one.

45: Underway in the second half.

West Ham making a change at half-time. Tomkins off for Emenike, Antonio and Cresswell will go to out and out full-back's and the Hammers will switch to 4-4-2. Looking to improve at the back and capitalise on Arsenal's weakness in defence?

A fantastic first half of football. Lanzini had a goal incorrectly ruled out for the Hammers, Arsenal taking advantage of that to race into a two goal lead. However, that was pegged back within a five minute spell at the end of the half, Andy Carroll scoring twice to silence the away fans.

Half-time: West Ham United 2-2 Arsenal (Ozil, Sanchez, Carroll, Carroll)

45+2: Carroll's threatened a couple of times with the bicycle kick today, and it's now come off. Arsenal can only half clear a corner, with a cross falling to Carroll after West Ham put it back in the mixer. Carroll's first effort was blocked, coming back to him before he rose brilliantly to send an acrobatic finish past Ospina - albeit aided by a slight deflection.

GOAL! Carroll again, West Ham are level!

45: End to end stuff here! Arsenal straight up the pitch from kick-off, West Ham unable to deal with it as Adrian makes a strong save from Monreal in the area. Two minutes of added time. 

44: It's the exact same combination as that of a minute earlier. Payet to Cresswell, who picks out Carroll with a cross. The difference this time is that Carroll gets a run on the ball, allowing him to generate the power to head it past Ospina.

GOAL! No stopping that one, Carroll pulls one back!

43: A strange attack from West Ham as Lanzini seems to curl his body around the ball in the area to keep hold of it. Payet works it to Cresswell, who sees Carroll have a header easily saved from his cross.

39: Ospina forced into a save as West Ham look to get back into the game. Lanzini pinches the ball in midfield, giving it to Carroll who turns on the edge of the area, aiming for the corner. Ospina gets across his goal quickly to parry, gathering the ball at the second attempt.

35: West Ham are all at sea with the three at the back. Another assist for Iwobi as he drifts inside, dinking the ball over the defence for Sanchez, who curls a calm finish into the corner of the net.

GOAL! Arsenal do double their lead, Sanchez scores this time!

30: Arsenal with a chance to double their lead, getting five - four on the counter attack. Sanchez eventually takes the shot, cutting inside onto his favoured right foot, but it's straight at Adrian.

24: Free-kick for West Ham, a little too far out for Payet to get a shot away. His crossing from set pieces doesn't seem to be as good as his shooting, with the Frenchman's attempted ball in not beating the first man.

18: Drama here at Upton Park, Arsenal going ahead just minutes after West Ham have a godo goal ruled out. It's a lovely little through ball from Iwobi to Ozil, who finishes calmly past Adrian on his favoured left foot. 0-1!

GOAL! Arsenal lead, Ozil scores!

15: Well, was he offside? Replays seem to suggest that Lanzini was onside when Carroll struck the ball, and that West Ham should be 1-0 ahead.

14: West Ham have the ball in the net, but it's ruled out. Some lovely work from Payet ends up with the ball being worked out wide to Mark Noble. The captain's outside of the foot cross finds Carroll, with Lanzini heading in from the striker's attempted bicycle kick. Unfortunately though, he was again offside.

6: Koscielny's back up and play continues, Arsenal doing nothing from the resulting free-kick.

4: Andy Carroll picks up an early yellow card after leaving a late one in on Lorient Koscielny, who is still down in pain after having the striker's studs slide down his calf.

2: Antonio surges down the right hand side for West Ham, angling a cross that evades everyone but left-back Cresswell. His drilled volley is sliced across goal, before bouncing off Lanzini and trickling narrowly wide. It wouldn't have counted anyway, as the flag was up for offside on Lanzini.

0: Kick-off, we're underway.

The teams are out onto the pitch as 'forever blowing bubbles' rings around the stadium. Just a couple of minutes until kick-off now!

The big team news? David Ospina starting ahead of Petr Cech in goal for Arsenal. He's of a smaller stature than Cech, and might have trouble dealing with the target man Andy Carroll.

And on the bench for the Gunners: Cech, Gibbs, Mertesacker, Chambers, Ramsey, Walcott, Giroud.

Sitting on the bench for West Ham: Randolph, Hendrie, Oxford, Obiang, Moses, Valencia, Emenike.

Arsenal XI: Ospina, Bellerin, Gabriel, Koscielny, Monreal, Coquelin, Elneny, Iwobi, Ozil, Sanchez, Welbeck.

West Ham United XI: Adrian, Tomkins, Reid, Ogbonna, Cresswell, Noble, Kouyate, Antonio, Payet, Lanzini, Carroll.

We've got some team news, folks!

One of West Ham's impressive feats this season has been their ability to take points away from home against big teams. They've already beaten Manchester City and Liverpool away from home, as well as today's opponents. That win over Arsenal at the Emirates came on the opening day of the season, Cheikhou Kouyate and Mauro Zarate scoring the goals as the home fans were left in shock.

Many are seeing today as a battle between two of the biggest creative talents in the Premier League, West Ham's Dimitri Payet and Arsenal's Mesut Ozil. Ozil has arguably been the best player in the league this season, scoring five goals and making a remarkable 18 assists in 29 appearances. Payet, two years the German's senior, has been one of the signing's of the season, scoring nine goals and making eight assists in 23 games himself.

Arsenal celebrate a goal in their 4-0 win over Watford (photo: Getty Images)
Arsenal celebrate a goal in their 4-0 win over Watford (photo: Getty Images)

Arsenal are in good form too, unbeaten in three league games after going down to Swansea City at the Emirates last month. They responded well from that by drawing at White Hart Lane, before defeating Everton away and Watford at home to round March off - netting six goals and conceding none in those two games.

Slaven Bilic's men, the hosts today, are in some impressive form. They've not lost in six Premier League games, their last defeat in the competition coming away to Southampton back in February. However, they've failed to take advantage of the momentum created by wins over Tottenham Hotspur and Everton, drawing their last two against Chelsea and Crystal Palace respectively.

West Ham are much closer to where they want to be, sitting sixth, just three points behind fourth placed Manchester City with the same amount of fixtures left to play. However, the Hammers do have some very tough fixtures to come, and are keeping one eye on their FA Cup run - they're a win away from a semi-final place at Wembley.

The Gunners are 11 points behind leaders Leicester City, and four behind second placed Tottenham Hotspur. Still, they have a game in hand over each, which would close the gap to eight and one respectively should they win it. It'd take a huge effort to leapfrog the Foxes at this stage, but Claudio Ranieri's men do have some tough fixtures coming up, giving Arsenal's fans hope.

We're now coming head first into the business end of the league season, with just seven games left for each team - 21 points to play for. Arsenal's title challenge was derailed a couple of months ago, but they still live in slight hope, whilst West Ham's bid to qualify for the Champions League is alive and kicking.

Hello there everyone, and welcome to VAVEL UK's live minute-by-minute commentary of today's Barclays Premier League fixture between West Ham United and Arsenal, as the two London sides clash in a hugely important fixture. Kick-off at the Boleyn Ground is set for 12:45 BST, with the team news set to come about an hour beforehand. Stick with us until then though, as we build up to the game before getting that all important team news - as Slaven Bilic and Arsene Wenger attempt to out-do eachother.