Wenger wary of Carroll threat
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger warned the Gunners to concentrate on their own game at West Ham today rather than worrying about how to stop Andy Carroll.
The England striker, on loan from Liverpool, returned to action following a hamstring injury for the last 20 minutes of Monday night’s win at QPR.
Carroll has proved more than a handful for the Arsenal defence before — the 6ft 3ins forward most notably having headed in the winning goal for Newcastle at Emirates Stadium in November 2010.
Wenger, however, warned against focussing too much on the opposition instead of producing the required response when the Gunners look to get their domestic campaign back on track after last weekend’s home defeat to Premier League leaders Chelsea.
“Carroll has the quality and that will come out with time. We expect Carroll to be at his best — it is down to us to deal with that,” said Wenger, who could have 6ft 6ins German defender Per Mertesacker available again tomorrow after a virus.