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