Carl Jenkinson: I’m ready to replace Bacary Sagna at Arsenal

Carl Jenkinson insists that he feels ready to replace Bacary Sagna should the right-back leave Arsenal

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Arsenal defender Carl Jenkinson Photo: Arsenal FC

Carl Jenkinson insists that he is ready to become Arsenal’s first-choice right-back should Bacary Sagna leave the club this summer.

The France international, who is out of contract in the coming weeks and has rejected Arsenal’s offers of a new deal, has been linked with a transfer to Manchester City among other clubs.

Jenkinson, 22, played second fiddle to Sagna last term and was limited to just seven Premier League starts for the Gunners.

However, the defender is confident that he has what it takes to step up should Sagna opt not extend his stay at Emirates Stadium.

I want that position to be mine for years to come

Carl Jenkinson

“I feel that I am ready for it [starting at right-back],” Jenkinson told the London Evening Standard.

“It is never going to be easy to nail down that spot but I believe in myself and I believe in my ability.

“I want that position to be mine for years to come. Of course I have got a long way to go, because this is a club who look for the best players in the world.

“If I am going to hold down the position for as long as I want to, I have got a lot of hard work on my hands. But I believe in myself.

“I am the sort of player who needs to play regularly to get the best out of me. My fitness and my athleticism is a big part of my game, getting up and down the pitch.

“It is difficult to show what I can do when I am not playing regularly because it is hard to get into a rhythm.”

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