Select a Team

Jenkinson keen to follow Adams

New Gunners defender eager to make Emirates impression

Last Updated: 10/06/11 5:24pm

  • Share:
Jenkinson: New Arsenal defender keen to emulate club legend Adams

Jenkinson: New Arsenal defender keen to emulate club legend Adams

Sky Bet

    • Retrieving latest Sky Bet odds

Carl Jenkinson is keen to follow in the footsteps of Tony Adams after the young defender completed a dream move to Arsenal.

The Harlow-born Finland Under-19 international became Arsene Wenger's first summer signing following a £1million move from Charlton.

Jenkinson, who qualifies for dual nationality through his mother, can play anywhere along the backline and although he may not be the big transfer many Gunners fans crave, the youngster has every intention to write his own name into the club's folklore.

"My dad brought me up as an Arsenal fan and I have been going since I was young. I even went to a few games last season. It is all a bit surreal, but it is a brilliant feeling to be here and I am really excited by it," Jenkinson told Arsenal Player.

"I was always a big fan of Tony Adams and I am reading his book at the moment. He was always someone I looked at as a great player and a great leader.

"He is a player I can learn a lot from and I will be looking to follow in his footsteps."

Chance

Wenger's track record of allowing young talent a taste of first-team action was another reason Jenkinson did not hesitate to join Arsenal.

"It is up to me to prove myself, but I know if I can, I will be given a chance," he said.

"I owe Charlton a lot, with the way they have developed me as a player.

"I have still got a lot to learn, and now I am at the best place to do that.

"The plan now is for me to go away with the first team in pre-season and I am looking forward to it.

"It is up to me to prove myself, to stake my claim to be a first-team player and that I can be fighting to bring success next season."

  • Share:

Related

Related Profiles

Most Popular

Features

Blues' opening day XI?

Blues' opening day XI?

Chelsea begin their Premier League title defence against Swansea City, but how will they line up at Stamford Bridge?

2015/16 season preview

2015/16 season preview

From our team-by-team Premier League guides to our in-depth Football League analysis, read our 2015/16 previews here.

United’s fallen Angel

United’s fallen Angel

Where did it all go wrong for Manchester United’s club record signing Angel Di Maria?