THE OX grabbed the goals but the man who helped Arsenal to 2-0 win over Reading in the EFL Cup at the Emirates would surely allow Carl Jenkinson some of the spotlight.
While Alex Oxlaide-Chamberlain bagged a brace to hand the Gunners a quarter-final berth, Jenkinson made his first appearance for the club in nearly 900 days where and how would UK gamblers like to bet their money on this happening.
The right-back has been at West ham on loan for two spells during which he suffered a serious knee injury but he out it all behind him with a solid performancne against Jaap Stam’s Championship side.
Jenkinson, a self-confessed Gunners supporter from boyhood, said after the victory: “Arsenal is my club. I went out on loan for a couple of years but I always thought I wanted to perform so I can come back here, I wanted to be good enough and I still want to be good enough to play here”.
“I guess I was proving that I can play at this level, or trying to, while I was out on loan. I loved my time at West Ham, I played a lot of football and it was fantastic for me. It’s a great club and I enjoyed every minute I had there, but it is great for me to be back here now”.
“Arsenal is my club and it is an honour every time I pull on the shirt.”
Jenkinson stayed the distance against the Royals, who made life difficult at times for Arsene Wenger’s men, and he was happy to get 90 minutes under his belt.
He added: “It was brilliant. It has been a long time, I was told it had been 898 since my last appearance. That is a long time coming, especially with my injury and stuff so it was great to be back out there”.
“I was more excited than anything, not really nervous at all. I was just excited to be playing again and to do so for Arsenal was the cherry on top of the cake.”