Keown makes derogatory comment about Arsenal stunner, compares it to West Ham goal of season contender
By Harry Sykes
Martin Keown has admitted he was blown away by Andy Carroll’s stunning goal for West Ham on Saturday.
The Hammers striker brought the London Stadium to its feet with a sensational scissors kick volley to steer his side to a landmark 3-0 win against Crystal Palace.
West Ham were one goal ahead with 11 minutes to go and the match in the balance against their capital rivals midway through the second half when Carroll doubled his side’s advantage with a strike immediately hailed as a goal of the season contender.
Keown compared it favourably to another recent brilliant goal, the scorpion kick scored for Arsenal by Olivier Giroud against Crystal Palace on New Year’s Day and which Arsene Wenger claimed was in the top five goals of his 20-year Gunners reign.
The BBC pundit said there was some luck involved with Giroud’s stunner, with Carroll’s strike a more technically pure one.
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“It’s textbook technique from Andy Carroll, there’s a lot of instinct involved, but he knows what he’s doing,” said former Arsenal defender Keown, as quoted by the BBC Sport matchday blog on Saturday (4.40pm).
“Is it better than Giroud’s scorpion? There was an element of chance with Giroud but Carroll knows exactly what he’s doing.”
Carroll’s amazing goal lifted the mood around West Ham after a week in which Dimitri Payet told the club he didn’t want to play for them again.
The east London club’s win continued their recent impressive league form and lifted them to 12th in the table, nine points adrift of the drop zone.
In other West Ham transfer news, a forward has signed after agreeing terms with the club.