Wenger battles London rivals over 'future England star'

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Newcastle United's Andy Carroll has received countless praise since his clubs promotion to the Premier League.

This has led to various English teams being linked with the 21-year-old striker, and reports suggest that currently Arsenal and their London rivals Chelsea are leading the race to Carroll.

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger has shown interest in the Geordie striker since Newcastle's promotion to the top flight, most recently singing his praises following his match winning goal against Arsenal last Saturday.

Arsenal's manager came out after the game and singled Carroll out for his performance, telling reporters: "I am convinced (Fabio) Capello will have a look at him. I believe he will be good enough to play for England."

The Emirates boss went on to say: "He has a kind of presence," and although "It's not down to me to select the player, but he has something special and he is efficient. I have been highly impressed."

In Newcastle's clash last night with Blackburn, the young striker managed to score an equaliser continuing his fine form, despite Newcastle eventually losing 2-1.

Carlo Ancelotti, the Chelsea manager, has also been explicit about his opinion of Carroll, claiming that he shows a striking resemblance to Chelsea's star striker Dider Drogba:

"Carroll is a very good striker," explained the Italian. "He's young and has a chance to work hard to arrive at the level of Drogba."

"They are different players, though. Drogba has more power and ability to score different kinds of goals. Carroll is already good in the air, but has to improve."

Both Arsenal and Chelsea will have to pay in the region of £15 million to prize the player away from St. James' Park in January.

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