Wenger on how to keep Carroll quiet

While West Ham may have suffered a recent dip in form, Andy Carroll still remains their biggest threat.

The Hammers have not won any of their past six Premier League games but the England striker has been their shining light, scoring five times and setting up another in his last eight appearances.

Carroll also has a good record against us, hitting four in his last two including a 10-minute hat-trick in last season’s 3-3 draw at Upton Park, and Arsene Wenger has warned his players to respect the 28-year-old on Wednesday night.

"The best way to keep him quiet is to play in their half," the manager said. "Apart from that, Carroll’s strengths are that he protects the ball well, he’s good in the air, he’s very forceful with his commitment as well, so we will need to be good to stop the crosses. Once a cross comes into the box, he’s always very dangerous against anyone."

Sunday's draw against Manchester City was not the three points Wenger wanted, but he believes his side’s performance will give them confidence heading into the final 10 games of the season.

"Confidence is a thing which goes quickly and comes back slowly," he said. "I would just think that we didn’t lose the game against Manchester City in the end, that we came back after being 2-1 down, will have a positive impact on our confidence. The rest is about believing in what we do on the football pitch.

"We must be careful because West Ham have done better away from home than at home. They’ve struggled a bit at home, moving into their new stadium. They lost Payet during the season as well. The Premier League is difficult but when you look at their team, they have quality players."


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