I won’t be happy until I’m a first-team regular – Arsenal’s Carl Jenkinson

Arsenal defender Carl Jenkinson says he will not be happy at the Gunners until the 20-year-old has become a first-team regular

Carl Jenkinson has declared he “won’t be happy” until he has established himself as a first-team regular at Arsenal.

The 20-year-old defender has been deputising for injured Gunners right-back Bacary Sagna this season, helping Arsenal to three successive clean sheets in the Premier League.

Jenkinson has made 17 appearances for the club since Arsene Wenger signed the Finland Under-21 international in a £1m deal from Charlton Athletic last summer.

And although the defender admitted his first season at the north London outfit was intimidating, he is now focused on becoming a regular fixture in Wenger’s side.

“I think it’s only natural that the longer you’re at a club, the more at home you feel,” Jenkinson told Arsenal’s website.

“Coming here last year I felt a bit blown away with everything. This year I’ve come back and felt like one of the boys.

“It was different this year and it was nice because you like to feel comfortable and part of things.

“I’m happy with things at the moment and hopefully we just move on from here.

“My ambition for my whole career is to play for this football club. I want to be good enough and make my mark here.

“I won’t be happy until I’m playing week-in, week-out. That’s what I want to achieve.”

Arsenal welcome Southampton to The Emirates on Saturday after beating Liverpool 2-0 to register their first league win of the season following back-to-back goalless draws against Stoke City and Sunderland.

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