Carroll – It’s Great To Come To Arsenal And Get 3 Points

Andy Carroll will have done his growing reputation yesterday at the Emirates a lot of good, where he looked a very good player and scored Newcastle’s winner just before half time, when the 6’4″ striker out jumped Gunner goalkeeper Fabianski to head home.

Carroll – shows Arsenal fans just how high he can jump – after scoring winner

Andy Carroll was pleased to score as he saw his name, along with captain Kevin Nolan, as headlines in the gossip press yesterday, although the story that they were out drinking after the fantastic Sunderland win, and then had drugs at Kevin’s house, seems very flaky at best.

But the Newcastle squad in general and Andy Carroll in particular seem to rise to the challenge, in the face of adversity, and that’s exactly what the Newcastle side did yesterday – for a fantastic win.

This is what Andy said today:

“It’s great to come to Arsenal and get the three points. Not many teams come here and get a point, never mind three, so I think we’ve done great to get that.”

“All the lads in the changing room are buzzing.” “I spoke to you the other day and mentioned to you that all the lads were looking forward to it after the Sunderland game.”

“We were confident we could come down here and get the three points – and we showed that we were right to be that confident, and got the points.”

Carroll was watched by England manager Fabio Capello from the stands, and it’s certain the Italian would have been impressed greatly with the Gateshead 21 year-old, who looks so exciting when he runs at the opposing defenses, and scares the living daylights out of  defenses.

Andy is a real handful for defenses, and he’s only getting better as Chris Hughton keeps his feet firmly on the ground and is getting him to concentrate only on his football.

Andy talked about the headlines yesterday in the gossip press:

“Obviously, it hadn’t been the best of days for me.” “But it was a great ball from Joey and I just got on the end of it. It means a lot to me.”

“I’ve got the players around me to put crosses in and give me the service that I need, so I think if it keeps continuing like that there’s loads more goals for me there this season.”

It’s great to celebrate the Arsenal win, but on Wednesday night the Newcastle side have to be ready to meet Blackburn Rovers, and then Fulham on Saturday afternoon, both at home,  and those are two games we are expected to win.

Really good teams would win both those games, so we can see by Saturday evening, just how good this Newcastle side are right now.

The answer to that question may well be – much better than we thought – let’s hope so

Comments welcome.

6 comments so far

  • alex84

    Nov 8, 2010 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #1

    expected to win on wednesday and sat? i hope we dont go into those games with that attitude look what happend with blackpool,wigan and stoke…there are no easy games in this league!

  • Shot Bru

    Nov 8, 2010 at 12:22 PM

    Comment #2

    It would be a good thing if Capello decided to ignore Carroll for the next few squads…England players would just fill his head full of rubbish that he would be better off playing at Chelski etc. England are a shambles at the moment and it’s not like he needs to expose himself to more limelight and criticism from the press. Just keep bangin’ them in for the Toon young man.

  • Davies

    Nov 8, 2010 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #3

    Alex and Shot, both very good points. We can’t be complacent because, despite having been a fixture in the EPL for 16 years, whether we like it or not, we are now one of the promoted teams. There are teams in this league a lot of us think we should win that will give us a dicking, partuclarly if we go into the matches thinking we deserve the points. Confidence, my friends, not hubris.

    Regarding Carroll, I don’t think he’ll go anywhere, because he is the Newcastle number 9. For a local lad who idolised Shearer, nobody can offer him anything better, however, he is young, and you never know what people might say to try and turn his head. He needs to get his head down and concentrate on being our number 9 and stop going on the pi5s. Unfortunately, he’s going to get a lot of attention over the coming season, some welcome, some not so welcome. Let’s just hope that number 9 shirt means as much to him as it has to the majority of others who have worn it.

  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Nov 8, 2010 at 2:43 PM

    Comment #4

    News today that, after yesterday’s performance, Arsenal are ready to offer £15M for big Andy, a move which will be matched by Chelsea, Manure and Citeh.


  • wynsleap

    Nov 8, 2010 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #5

    I think Andy should sit down with Big Al and discuss just how you go about being the best English striker – both on and off the field.
    Certainly he needs to keep off the front pages but at the moment he is proving he has what it takes. Unfortunately everyone is just talking about his ability and threat going forward but I think he should get massive credit for his work in defence. How many balls does he head clear from his own penalty box? It’s like having two players on the pitch and it’s a side of his game that shouldn’t be underestimated.

  • Sav

    Nov 8, 2010 at 3:24 PM

    Comment #6

    This story in the NOTW isn’t going to do a whole lot for team spirit in the Nolan household after Mrs N. took the kids back to Merseyside only to find the story about 3 slappers back at the ranch and nobody seems to be denying that. The drugs, or lack of them, will be the least of our captain’s problems.
    The papers are determined to unseat us when we have a good thing going.
    Get toon-supporting slappers next time, lads.

    Wenger’s face was priceless at the match yesterday and I laughed at his claim that Ranger’s was not ‘a goal-scoring opportunity’. Aftre yesterday, I’d say only if you are in an Arsenal shirt could you argue that a one-on-one with the keeper is noit one of those, Arsene.


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