Jenko ready for the fight as Arsenal chase top four spot

Talking Points

Carl Jenkinson has pledged to redouble his efforts to help Arsenal achieve their goals this season — after almost disappearing without trace from the Gunners scene.

Jenkinson, a self-confessed Arsenal nut, spent the best part of three years on loan at both West ham United and Birmingham City before coming back into the following under coach Unai Emery.

The Gunners go head to head with Newcastle United on Monday night when they make a return to Premeir League action at the Emirates Stadium. The game provides Emery’s troops the chance to snare another three points as they battle to keep in the top four with the promise of a spot in next season’s Champions League up for grabs.

Arsenal are also through to the quarter-final the Europa League where they will take on Italian giants Napoli so it is an exciting period for the north London outfit.

And Jenkinson has proved to be worthwhile addition coming in for a few stints in the side when Emery has run out of options defensively. The player, known as Jenko to the fans, says he has been hugely impressed with Emery since he came to the club last summer to replace long-serving boss Arsene Wenger.

In an interveiw with The Times, he said: “I’m naturally a fighter. I don’t give up on things easily — if ever. I’m resilient. I’ve had to be that at certain times this season. I love the club and also, I know what I’m capable of. I feel I have the ability and quality to play at the top,

“I look at the great players who have played for Arsenal over the years. I’m immensely proud to have been given the chance to play for Arsenal. I’m incredibly privileged.

“Of course, I’d love to be playing more regularly and I’d be playing better if I was playing more regularly. But for someone who has not played as much, the fact I’m saying how much I’ve enjoyed playing under this manager and his staff, says a lot about the management.

“I’ve got a huge amount of respect for the manager. The analysis before is always in-depth. After a game, it’s not, ‘You’ve done well’, that’s the end of it. I sit down with Juan Carlos Carcedo and we go through clips. It’s such an education. I’ve learnt an awful lot about positioning.”

Meanwhile, Emery says forward Danny Welbeck is in line for a new deal at Arsenal as his current contract comes to close at the end of the campaign.

The Gunner head coach says the club is thinking about handing the injured attacker a new deal before the end of the term. Former Manchester United ace Welbeck broke his right ankle during a 0-0 draw in the Europa League home game against Sporting Lisbon and is out for the remainder of the season.

But despite being crocked and out of contract soon, Emery is said to be a fan of the hard-working hitman and so he may well pen a new deal soon.