Arsene Wenger has come out today and said it wouldn’t surprise him if Newcastle striker Andy Carroll is included in the upcoming England squad to play France at Wembley, on November 17th.
Arsene Wenger – Andy Carroll intelligent and committed
Arsene knows a good player when he sees one, and the Frenchman thinks the great improvement he has seen in Andy, since Chris Hughton took over as manager 16 months ago has beens enormous, and that Andy now needs to show the right attitude and motivation to do even better for his home town club.
This is what the Arsenal manager said about Andy today:
“It wouldn’t surprise me if he was in the England squad. I have been highly impressed with him. He has presence, charisma, confidence. He is intelligent on the ball.” “For me he is a player who I had doubts about one year ago but in the last year he has improved tremendously.”
“For a young player like Carroll to improve, he needs attitude. That means basically motivation and intelligence.” “They are the two main things I see personally.” “When you are not highly motivated and intelligent your potential to improve is very limited.”
“If you have the right attitude and brain you can improve every day, and after a few years that makes a massive difference between two players with the same talent who don’t have exactly the same ingredients.”
Newcastle’s Chris Hughton has coached Andy very well since he’s been the boss on Tyneside, and is doing a good job of keeping Andy’s feet firmly on the ground, and getting him to improve on a few things wanting in his game.
The 21-year-old Gateshead-born striker was in great form against the old enemy Sunderland last Sunday afternoon, and he played his heart out and was unlucky not to get at least one goal in the 5-1 mauling of the Wearsiders.
It’s a great compliment for Andy to know that Arsene Wenger, who has some great experience in bringing through top youngsters at the London club, seems a big fan, and if Andy can keep his head down and control things better off the field, then he has a wonderful potential future as Newcastle’s new number 9.
Maybe he can impress Arsene Wenger even further on Sunday – with a couple of goals at the Emirates. 😀