Dominic Calvert-Lewin put Arsenal on transfer alert after his second hat-trick of the season fired Everton into the Carabao Cup quarter-finals.
The striker’s treble inspired Everton to a 4-1 win over West Ham – putting him on a potential collision course with Mikel Arteta’s side, who play Liverpool on Thursday for a place in the last eight.
Calvert-Lewin’s three goals at Goodison on Wednesday night came hot on the heels of his first career hat-trick, which helped Carlo Ancelotti’s side to a 5-2 win at home to West Brom 12 days ago.
Following his latest treble, Ancelotti backed Calvert-Lewin for an England call-up – but in his current form it won’t just be Gareth Southgate who is looking at the 23-year-old.
Calvert-Lewin has been linked with interest from Arsenal in the past, and last season fans pleaded with him to switch to the Emirates after his old tweets showed he had a soft spot for the Gunners.
Everton’s Dominic Calvert-Lewin scores his third against the Hammers – completing his second hat-trick of the season
In one tweet, a teenage Calvert-Lewin showed his support for Arsenal during a Champions League last-16 clash against Bayern Munich.
The tweet simply read: “#COYG” (Come on you Gunners) – but it whipped some Gunners fans into a frenzy when it re-emerged earlier this year.
Alexandre Lacazette was going through an indifferent spell of form at the time, and some Twitter users said Calvert-Lewin would start ahead of the French striker in Arteta’s side.
One said “Come and replace Lacazette”, while another tweeted: “All u got to do is force a move no way lacazette will start over u.”
Calvert-Lewin celebrates his hat-trick with summer signing James Rodriguez
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