Arsene Wenger wary of Andy Carroll threat as Arsenal prepare for the Hammers
Andy Carroll continues to impress his fans with his spell at West Ham United. Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is wary of the threat Andy Carroll poses to his side when Arsenal travels to Upton Park on Saturday. Arsene Wenger told the press that he had warned his men against Andy Carroll, but he preferred to concentrate on their own game.
The former Newcastle United manager has been loaned to West Ham United by Liverpool for the season. Back at the Merseyside, Andy Carroll was unable to secure a spot in the first team. The new Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers saw it best to send him on loan rather than waste him on the bench.
At West Ham United, Andy Carroll is once again showing signs of his former greatness. Even the England manager Roy Hodgson is impressed by Andy Carroll. He has recalled the striker for the upcoming matches against San Marino and Poland.
The 23-year-old England international picked up an injury on his debut for West Ham United. Andy Carroll returned to action only last week in West Ham United’s 2-1 victory over Queens Park Rangers.
Arsene Wenger admits Andy Carroll has been unable to damage defensive lines yet, but his raw power and arsenal of skills can obliterate his opponents.
“Carroll has the quality and that will come out with time,” Arsene Wenger said. “We expect Carroll to be at his best - it is down to us to deal with that. We can only focus on our own performance and be at our best.”
“I rate Carroll, and don't think we have seen the best of him until now. He started very well, then he had to deal with a high level of expectation with a massive transfer on his shoulders (to Liverpool) going to an historic club where a lot was expected of him. Maybe it was a bit too early for him.
“Since I have seen him at West Ham, he looks back to the Carroll we have seen at Newcastle, that means with less pressure.”
Andy Carroll played a huge role in Newcastle United’s success in the Premier League, before Liverpool picked him up for a British record transfer fee of £35 million. Since arrival at the Merseyside, Andy Carroll scored only 11 goals in 58 games for Liverpool.