Jenkinson’s dream by AH
Carl Jenkinson, is currently filling in as Arsenal’s Number one right-back as Bacary Sagna continues his recovery from his second leg break in a year.
Jenkinson is a known Arsenal fan and he has mentioned many times before how he and his family couldn’t believe it when he signed a contract with Arsenal, just over a year ago. Jenkinson was bought from Charlton Athletic for a fee rumoured to be in the £ 1 million range. He was brought straight into the first team and played in Arsenal’s horrendous 8-2 defeat to Manchester United in August 2011. Jenkinson was given a lot of the blame after that game, but since then he has grown into a much better player and, if his development continues at the speed it currently is, there is no doubt he will play a big part in Arsenal’s future years.
Jenkinson told Arsenal.com;
“I think it’s only natural that the longer you’re at a club, the more at home you feel. Coming here last year I felt a bit blown away with everything. This year I’ve come back and felt like one of the boys. It was different this year and it was nice because you like to feel comfortable and part of things. I’m happy with things at the moment and hopefully we just move on from here.”
“My ambition for my whole career is to play for this football club. I want to be good enough and make my mark here. I won’t be happy until I’m playing week-in, week-out. That’s what I want to achieve.”
“Old Trafford [when Arsenal lost to Manchester United] was a difficult day for me, and a difficult day for the club. It wasn’t nice but I felt like I learnt a lot from that game. There were plenty of highs too. The one that sticks in my head is at home to Spurs, beating them on our home turf. As a Gooner that was something special. I only played 20-odd minutes but to be a part of that was an amazing feeling.”
“There have been ups and downs but I’ve learnt a lot and I feel I’ve progressed a lot as a football player in my first year.”
Like Jenkinson said, there have been ups and downs, but that’s football, and we as fans should continue to support the team, whoever is in the playing side. I think Jenkinson has shown in these opening games that there’s no doubt he has improved and let’s hope he continues to push on and gains a regular spot in the team in the not too distant future.
Sagna’s recent comments suggest that he is not fully committed to the Arsenal cause but, as a Gooner, you know that Jenkinson will give his all for the club. To be honest, being a fan of the club you play for probably does increase the pressure on you to perform, especially when you first join.