Martin Keown: Arsene Wenger will be disappointed with this Arsenal defender
Martin Keown delivers his verdict on Carl Jenkinson's performance in Arsenal's 2-0 loss to Southampton in EFL Cup
Martin Keown believes Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger will be disappointed with Carl Jenkinson’s performance in their 2-0 loss to Southampton on Wednesday night.
The England Under-21 international was drafted in at right-back after Mathieu Debuchy lasted a mere 11 minutes of the north London side’s 3-1 win against Bournemouth last weekend.
Arsenal are currently without first-choice right-back Hector Bellerin after the Spanish star suffered an ankle injury during their 1-1 draw with Tottenham Hotspur in last month’s north London derby.
Jenkinson has recently returned from a lengthy lay-off with an injury but has failed to break into Wenger’s first-team.
Former Arsenal centre-half Keown was critical of the 24-year-old’s performance in the Gunners’ 2-0 defeat by Southampton in the EFL Cup quarter-final at the Emirates Stadium on Wednesday night.
“Wenger will have been disappointed by Jenkinson — he looked devoid of confidence,” Keown told The Daily Mail.
“Somewhere along the line Wenger has to motivate these players to give more when they play.”
Arsenal will return to Champions League action against Swiss side Basel on Tuesday night as Wenger’s men look to better Paris Saint-Germain’s result against Bulgarian outfit Ludogorets to finish top of their group.