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Carroll in Arsenal squad

Filed: Friday, 2nd December 2016
By: Staff Writer

Slaven Bilic has confirmed that Andy Carroll will be in the match day squad to face Arsenal at the Olympic Stadium tomorrow.

The 27-year-old striker has been out of contention since August but returns to face the side against whom he scored his most recent career hat-trick, back in April in the 3-3 draw.

And Bilic believes the forward has the ability to cause the Champions League contenders serious problems, despite having not played for West Ham since sustaining an injury during the Europa League tie against Astra Giurgiu back in August.

"He's a player that offers something special," Bilic said during his pre-match press conference.

"He is one of the reasons why we were so prolific last season in front of goal, why we were so versatile, so dangerous, why we scored so many goals and why we finished so high.

"He played a great game against Arsenal [back in April]. It was basically him who brought us back in that game before half-time with two goals, and he went on to score a hat-trick.

"If you ask me what he's capable of, that's one of the greatest examples. No centre-back feels comfortable when he's close to the goal and the ball is in the air."

You may view Bilic's full press conference below...

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