Carroll’s hat-trick dents Arsenal’s title hopes

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Andy Carroll (left) scoring one of his three goals against Arsenal

Andy Carroll’s hat-trick dealt another blow to Arsenal’s already slim Premier League title hopes, despite the Gunners fighting back to draw 3-3 at West Ham.

In doing so, Carroll became the first Premier League player to score a hat-trick against Arsenal since Wayne Rooney in 2011

Arsenal are 10 points behind leaders Leicester with six games to play.

Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez converted Alex Iwobi passes to put Arsenal 2-0 up but Carroll netted twice in 160 seconds to bring his side level by half-time.

A far-post header completed Carroll’s treble, before Laurent Koscielny hooked in the equaliser from 10 yards.

The hosts extended their unbeaten home run in the Premier League to 14 games but Slaven Bilic’s side remain sixth, two points behind fourth-placed Manchester City, who play West Bromwich Albion this afternoon.

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