Arsenal captain Robin Van Persie has pinpointed Liverpool striker Andy Carroll as his team’s main threat for this weekend’s Premier League fixture, comparing the England international to legend Alan Shearer. The £35 million signing from Newcastle in January scored the winner for his old club against Arsenal at the Emirates last season and Van Persie is wary of the threat he will bring on Saturday. The Arsenal talisman remembers the goal well as it brings back memories of an old Newcastle and England number 9.
Van Persie includes in the match day programme “He’s very strong and reminds me of Alan Shearer in style – holding the ball well, heading it strongly, moving nicely and looking lively in the box.”
“We’ve seen what Carroll can do before – he scored the winner here for Newcastle last season. We’ll need to be on our guard against him.”
The newly made Arsenal skipper scored a late penalty against Kenny Dalglish’s side when they visited the Emirates in April which looked to have won the game, however the goal was then cancelled out by a last kick of the game penalty scored by Dirk Kuyt.
Liverpool have spent big this summer, including the signings of: Charlie Adam, Jordan Henderson, Stewart Downing and Jose Enrique, which has led to the Dutch international refusing to rule out the Kop from contending for the title this season.
“I rate them as title contenders every year, and they look strong this time around,” he said. “You can only look forward to games like these.”