Carl Jenkinson has defended Arsenal’s performances in this season’s Champions League while aiming a slight dig at Tottenham, following the Gunners’ 2-2 draw with PSG on Wednesday.
Arsene Wenger’s side look destined to finish as group runners-up after letting a 2-1 lead slip against the French champions at the Emirates.
The result came in the wake of Tottenham’s exit from the competition at the hands of Monaco, and Jenkinson has defended his side
“Getting to the last 16 is not the easiest thing in the world to do,” he said according to The Telegraph. “Tottenham have obviously seen that and we have done well to get to this point.
“We have held our own and are joint top. The only thing that is holding us back is the head to head rule, which is frustrating when you look at our goal difference and it counts for nothing.
“The rule is very frustrating, I’m not a fan of that. But it is what it is, we are through to the last 16 and all we can do is go to Basel and have a go there and hope things pan out well for us.
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“If they don’t we are through to the last 16 anyway and you never know who you are going to get drawn against.”
Arsenal conceded first against PSG, as they did against Manchester United on Saturday, and Jenkinson admits his side need to improve.
“It has happened a couple of times lately,” he added. “You are causing yourself problems and making it difficult for yourself.
“It makes a big difference, not just at this level but in the Premier League as well. You look at the stats and whoever scores the first goal, they generally go on to win the game.
“We have let that drop a bit lately and if we get the goal first, nine times out of 10 we win and we need to get back to doing that.”
Arsenal’s disappointment at missing out on taking control of top spot should be tempered by the fact that they have indeed qualified for the knockout stages and have not suffered Spurs’ fate