Monday, 14th April, 2014

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has identified the importance of stopping West Ham United’s Andy Carroll as one of the keys to winning against Hammers tomorrow at the Emirates Stadium.

Arsenal are currently fifth in the league table on 64 points, behind Everton who are occupying the last Champions League qualification spot on 66 points.

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Wenger has stressed the importance of stopping Carroll as he believes very few people can challenge his aerial powers, which can cause nuisance in the opposition defence.

“Yes [we must take special care with him] because once the ball is up there, you do not find many people who can compete with him and win the challenge”, the Frenchman told the club’s official site.


The 64-year-old believes that if Arsenal can stop the supply of long balls for the big Englishman then Carroll’s threat in the air can be neutralised.

“So what is important is that we stop the balls going to him. Of that quality, in the air, there are not many [players that good].”

The last time Arsenal finished outside the top four in the Premier League was in the 1995/96 season when they finished fifth on 63 points. Manchester United won the league that season.

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