If Chelsea can win Champions League, so can Arsenal – Jenkinson

Arsenal right-back Carl Jenkinson is convinced the Gunners have what it takes to emulate Chelsea and win the Champions League

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Arsenal won their opening Champions League game at Montpellier Photo: Back Page Images

arsene wengerCarl Jenkinson is convinced Arsenal can follow in Chelsea’s footsteps and win their first Champions League title this season.

The Blues lifted Europe’s top trophy in May under Roberto Di Matteo’s stewardship after winning a dramatic penalty shootout against Bayern Munich.

And 20-year-old Jenkinson believes the Gunners can draw inspiration from their London rivals’ run to the final ahead of Arsenal’s clash with Olympiacos on Wednesday night.

“If Chelsea can do it, then we can do it,” Jenkinson told Arsenal Player. “There’s nothing stopping us going all the way.

“We’ve just got to make sure we perform to how we can do in this competition and I believe if we do, we will progress.

“In this competition you’ve just got to take it game by game and just focus on it that way. I think that’s the best way to go about things.”

Jenkinson, who has impressed this season while filling in for injured Bacary Sagna at right-back, believes the Champions League is the “pinnacle of football”.

“I think the Champions League is the pinnacle of football – it’s something I really look forward to,” Jenkinson added.

“The English play different to the Italians, to the French. They’re all different styles of football so in general it’s a lot different to the Premier League.”

Arsenal v Olympiacos: Pre-match facts

• Arsenal, who finished third in the 2011-12 Premier League, are taking part in the group stage for the 15th season in a row. For only the second time in seven campaigns they did not have to negotiate a qualifying round.

• Arsenal have conceded four goals in their first six Premier League fixtures; this time last season they had let in 14.

• Arsenal have scored 348 goals in Uefa competition and conceded 145 in the Champions League, group stage to final.

• This was also the fixture on matchday two last season, Arsenal winning 2-1.

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