Jenkinson to seize Arsenal chance

Arsenal summer signing Carl Jenkinson gave an insight towards his experiences after joining the North London club.

Jenkinson gives Bale a taste of his own medicine.

The19-year-old was speaking to Arsenal Player, and gave his thoughts on how the Gunners needed to make the Emirates a "fortress".

The star, who has both English and Finnish citizenship, said: "I don't think anybody particularly speaks about it but you always want to make your home ground a fortress".

"You want people coming to the Emirates and fearing playing there - I think to be honest they do that. That helps us as well because a lot of teams sit back and we can play our football.

"You want people to come to your home ground and be scared of you. We've been doing quite well lately and grinding out some good results at home."

He also admitted that he was aiming to make the right-back position his own while team-mate Bacary Sagna recovered from a broken leg, in spite of the circumstances.

"I can't really explain it", the defender sighed: "It's not very nice for you to get an opportunity come along because of an injury - Bac's a good friend of mine".

"You take opportunities when they came but it's sad for Bac to have such a bad injury. I just wish him all the best and that he recovers as soon as possible.

"But from my point of view I've got a chance now and that's a good thing for me. I've just got to take my chances and do the best in every game I play.

"I want to impress the boss and just do well for the team to make sure we keep getting results", he added.

Jenkinson himself had troubles with injuries since joining up from Charlton Athletic, and said: "It was really frustrating because I have a chance here".

"I know it's only been a short amount of time - only two games - but they were two games I could have played for Arsenal.

"It's frustrating to miss games I know I would have had a good chance of playing in. It's a part of football, I understand that, so you just have to get on with it."

The youngster believes that he has already improved on his game since moving from Charlton, and puts it down to the quality of the Arsenal squad.

"Playing with the sort of players I train with every day just brings you on naturally. You're always going to get better. I feel that technically I have improved quite a lot and you get a lot of time with Tony Colbert and Marcus Svensson, the two fitness coaches.

"My stamina and fitness was always a good part of my game but I think I've even built on that now as well.

"I feel fitter and stronger and I think I am improving. I know I have a lot more to improve but I feel I am doing that. I feel like I've come on but I know there's a lot more for people to see of me and I know there's a lot more I can get out of myself as well.

Some had said that the defender was not ready to be played at this level yet, but Jenkinson dismissed the idea.

"You can look at it both ways", he shrugged, adding: " Obviously a lot of people have said to me that I've been thrown in at the deep end. Some of the games I've played in have been tough and there's been a couple of incredibly disappointing results.

"But at the same time they were really good experiences for me and I think that is only going to bode well for the future.

"I think obviously you have downs in your career and bad games but I think it's how you bounce back from that. I think I've come back from it and I think I'm doing it a lot better now. I think I've learnt a lot from those games.

"At the end of the day I realise I'm playing for Arsenal - I want to play in those games. OK, the first couple maybe haven't gone as I'd have liked them to but I'll learn from those and they will only make me stronger in the future.

He also gave an insight on playing with club captain Robin Van Persie, whose hat-trick fired the Gunners to a 5-3 win over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge last weekend.

"He's just sensational", Jenkinson crowed. "It's difficult to describe what he does and what he brings to the team, he's just world class. Football-wise he's brilliant and as a captain he's just the same, even for the younger players like me".

"He's Robin van Persie and he's got a lot of international caps under his belt but he's still got time for the younger players - he wants to talk to us and help us improve.

"That's a really good thing for a young player to have such a great player helping us and trying to bring us along.

"Before games when I've felt a bit nervous it's been nice to have his arm around your shoulder, giving you little tips helping you to relax. He's been brilliant for us on and off the pitch."

He also gave his thoughts on the return of Thomas Vermaelen after his long absence with injuries.

"He's another fantastic player. He brings so much - he's aggressive, he's strong, he's a leader and we need all those we can in the team. It's great to have him back and hopefully he will be playing regularly again soon", Jenkinson concluded.

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