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Petric aims to fill goal void

Mladen Petric believes he can help to cover Andy Carroll's absence at West Ham United and carry the goal-scoring burden.

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Mladen Petric: Has been drafted in to bolster West Ham's attacking options

Mladen Petric: Has been drafted in to bolster West Ham's attacking options

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The Hammers remain without the services of their record signing as he continues to nurse a foot complaint.

It is possible that Carroll will be out of action until January, leaving Sam Allardyce short on attacking options.

He has moved to bolster his ranks with the capture of former Fulham frontman Petric as a free agent, and the Croatian made his debut off the bench in Saturday's 3-2 defeat to Everton.

The 32-year-old is a proven marksman at domestic and international level and is confident he can make an important contribution at Upton Park.

Petric said: "I am a striker and I want to score. I hope I can help the team not only scoring goals, but in the games.

"I feel I am getting better every day and I'm sure I can help the team."

Allardyce said of a player who is still working on his match sharpness: "He's been tired and had aching limbs.

"But with a lot of massage and ice baths he's got through it well. We'll see him again against Cardiff (in the Capital One Cup) on Tuesday."

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terling needs to be told though that upon entering the Arsenal squad he will re-enact the final scene from Highlander where he will be thrown around a warehouse by cartoon dragons and then be a mere mortal that will only ever spend three to four weeks a season playing football and the rest on the physio's bed. There can be only one.....player available at The Emirates.

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he game changed in our favour when Carrick came on. We were able to play further up the pitch due to having a player who can give and go with the ball and keep possession. Yet barkley made some runs and Townsend scored a good goal but carrick's inclusion and chiellini's withdrawal made the biggest difference to the flow of the game

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