Carl Jenkinson, a lifelong fan of the Arsenal, is a young man who is living the dream of every reader on this site – playing for Arsenal. Here are four reasons why Carl Jenkinson is going to be an Arsenal legend.
1 – Age.
At just 22 years of age, and having had three years at the club, Carl Jenkinson’s age is one reason for his massive potential. At his age, he has already put in some mature performances for the Gunners in those two terms, most notably against Liverpool and Manchester City in 2012, and at the Allianz arena vs Bayern Munich in early 2013 (anybody remember the slide tackle against Robben?). While he still has a long way to go, he will improve with age.
2 – The manager and staff.
At Arsenal, Jenkinson is surrounded by the best. Arsene Wenger is a manager renowned around the world for his ability to help young players reach their potential – just look at the key role Wenger played in the careers of the likes of Patrick Vieira, Thierry Henry, Cesc Fabregas, Samir Nasri and Robin van Persie not to mention turning defenders such as Ashley Cole, Bacary Sagna and Laurent Koscielny into some of the Leagues finest defenders. There is no reason that le professeur cannot work his magic on Jenkinson.
As well as Wenger, there is also the legend in his own right, Steve Bold alongside him, who has been praised for restoring solidarity in the Arsenal defence that hasn’t been seen since the unbelievable run to the 2006 Champions League final. I’m sure he will be able to bring the best out of Jenkinson’s defensive ability.
3 – Crossing.
Look at these two videos and you’ll understand exactly what I mean:
This lad is blessed with an ability to cross the ball. Two wonderful goals from two pinpoint crosses. This ability will be seen more when Jenkinson will get more first team opportunities in the coming seasons –which will allow him to improve on his current ratio of seven starts, with two assists – a decent return for a right back.
4 – Love for the club
I am 100% serious when I say this. Nobody at Arsenal loves the club more than Carl Jenkinson. He comes from an Arsenal family. In a July 2012 interview he showed reporters around his childhood room which was themed around, yep, you guessed it – Arsenal.
He also revealed to the club website that he has a plaque outside the Emirates dedicated to his late grandfather. The plaque reads ‘Granddad, hope you’re proud – Carl Jenkinson’. This passion for the Gunners will push him a long way, causing him to dig deep and give that extra 10% that can be the difference between winning and losing titles (or finishing in the Champions League versus Europa League spaces, as it has been in recent years!).
So what do you think Gooners? Will Jenkinson be the next Arsenal superstar?