Afternoon chaps, woke up from a bloody headache today, decided to try and sleep it off before attempting a post. What a dull weekend it is turning out to be, after the excitement of the previous days. So many new signings, and unable to watch them in action for the team we love!
For those crying out : “ WHAT DO YOU MEAN BY MANY?!” Well in Arsene’s context 5 new signings in 2 days is many, we can’t be comparing with Man Cunteh after all. They offer spaceships, we offer youngsters.
We move on to the little news offered to us. Arteta has given his first interview for Arsenal, and it contains lots of pleasantries which have been repeated since the confirmation of his arrival. The only thing you may look out for is:
“We knew a few days before that Arsenal had a big interest in me, but everything happened on the last day and basically at the last minute.”
Guess this tells you many things. Arsene loves his little secrets. And he has a perverse thrill from playing ” Who wants to be the last guy in the market for us to buy “. Can’t say I am fond of his games, but better a signing than none at all. The most important thing is. this was no panic buy. Le Boss did his homework, and went in for the player. So shut yer mouth, the lot who has been saying this was a panic buy by Wenger because it happened on the last day at the last hour. Judge the man only at the end of the season, not the 8-2 loss.
Our official list of players has also been submitted to the FA. 22 players were on the list, as others are under 21 and are eligible to play for Arsenal in the league, but do not need to be registered. Fairly upset Almunia is on that list, a waste of resource and space, considering we still have Fabianski and Mannone playing back up to Szczesny. I reckon Mannone might still end up going on loan as he did last season though. After getting a taste of first team it would be hard to digest play back-up for another whole season. We shall wait and see.
On the international front, Arsenal players chipped in with their share of the goals, and thankfully all of them emerged unscathed. Please let them return in one piece, can’t seem to remember a stupid international break whereby we had all of our players return uninjured.
Captain Van Persie was in imperious form against helpless San Marino. The skipper scored 4 goals yesterday night to help Holland to a 11-0 win. Probably helped vent him out the frustrations from the 8-2 loss to Manchester United. *8-2 LOSS?! I GIVE YOU A 11-0 LOSS!* You can view the match highlights and goals here.
Another striker, Park Chu Young, or Ju Young as he prefers to be called, scored a hat trick against Lebanon. I watched the match, and as much as he looked likely and full of energy, I did say his goals came more from the mediocre defending of Lebanon rather than his own skills. Kuwait 3 days later is a different proposition, and perhaps he can show us that even against a quality team he can perform. Goals and highlights can be found here.
Ramsey scored his first goal for Wales since being made captain, and ensured that Wales secured 3 precious points in their bid to qualify for the Euros. The young midfielder has been performing admirably since his return from injury. He is still learning, but his passes and runs have caught the eye, and if he keeps it up he would be sure to be an important component in the centre of our midfield in the years to come. Goals can be viewed here.
Other players to play yesterday night was Walcott, he started in England’s 3-0 win over Bulgaria. Heard he didn’t play well at all though despite the win. Arshavin played in Russia’s 1-1 draw with Macedonia. Yossi Benayoun started for Israel but was unable to prevent them from losing 1-0 to Greece. You can follow all our players on international duty here. Or you could just subscribe to my site and I will keep you updated too. Ha.
I also decided to keep our supporters in the know regarding our loanees who featured last week. Carlos Vela debuted for Real Sociedad in their 2-1 victory in the La Liga. Last chance for the forward to show what he can do, as Wenger reportedly wants the Mexican to show that he can perform in the big leagues before letting him play for Arsenal. Same goes for Pedro Botelho, who made his debut for Rayo Vallecano in their 1-1 draw against Athletic Bilbao. Keep checking back for new posts every week as I would be doing my best to cover the loanees from this week onwards.
And finally, as promised, a profile of one our new signings this season everyday. As the title of the post suggests, the player to be featured today would be Carl Jenkinson.
Carl Jenkinson, born in the year 1992. God he makes me feel old. His mother is of Finish descent, and he was born in England, making him eligible to represent either country. He joined Charlton at age of 8 and stayed there till Arsenal made a move for him.
After 10 years of youth team football, then manager Phil Parkinson felt that Jenkinson needed first team games to improve and sent Jenkinson out on loan to the non-league clubs to gain experience and games. Carl Jenkinson did not disappoint, and performed well in the lower leagues, leading to his recall back to Charlton,
Having made an impression, Parkinson gave the youngster his first ever start in the team at right back against Brentford in December 2010. He impressed then and made the right back his own at Charlton for the remainder for the season, making 8 starts and 1 substitution, a grand total of 9 appearances for Charlton,
His performance soon caught the eye, and Arsenal, ever alert to emerging talents, moved quickly to try and seal a deal. Jenkinson, having known of Arsenal’s interest, refused to extend his contract with Charlton. A compensation package was then negotiated between Arsenal and Charlton FC, and Jenkinson made his over over to North London for a fee reported to be £1 million.
Jenkinson joined Arsenal on June 08, 2011. The youngster was supposedly one for the future. However, his debut for Arsenal against Malaysia showed that he had the talent to go far. In that game, Jenkinson showed that he had a good cross in him, had pace and was willing to overlap to provide some form of attack, a role which Sagna has performed to near perfection in recent seasons. It was enough to persuade Arsene to sell Eboue to Galatasaray, which made Jenkinson effectively our back up right back. However, Jenkinson follow that up by scoring an incredible own goal in the match against Koln. Perhaps it was a signs of things to come in the following weeks.
Injuries and suspension soon meant that the young right back had to play some parts in our games. Djourou injury in Udinese meant that the youngster could not wait to be slowly assimilated to live in the top league, and forced to cope with the intensity of high level football.
Yet, the performance he gave was decent and confident. As the team became inflicted with injuries, Arsene confidence in the youngster grew and made Jenkinson start in the following 3 games.
When we won the return leg at Udinese, my fears that the youngster was not ready was partly allayed. Yet, I had this niggling fear that he was not fully prepared for the rigours of the league. Sadly, the young Fin made my worst fear came true. Though the loss to Liverpool was in no way his fault, however, the fixture against Manchester United ruthlessly exposed his shortcomings.
Jenkinson was blown away by the seamless passing of Manchester United, and his positioning so poor that Ashley Young was running riot down the left wing. This is through no fault of his own, as he had barely played League One football a season ago. However, it was painful lesson for the youngster, and his performance culminated in his sending off.
Despite his jerky performances so far, Jenkinson has shown promising signs. He has pace, and is a good crosser of the ball He has also shown his awareness of players in his assist to Van Persie in the match against Manchester United. Arshavin released a pass from the Arsenal half, and Jenkinson raced down the right channel, showing his pace. His cross was deflected but he showed great awareness in heading the ball back to Van Persie to score our second consolation goal.
The season may has just started, as did Jenkinson Arsenal’s career. The youngster may have his weaknesses right now, but time is on his side to overcome them. Arsene needs to allow the youngster to slowly develop and gradually integrate him into the the playing style of Arsenal. With Sagna to guide him, and provided he puts in the effort, there is no reason why Carl Jenkinson cannot improve and grow to be an important player for Arsenal over the next few years.
To demostrate his potential, below is a video i compiled. Check back tomorrow’s post to follow the latest updates of Arsenal, and a new profile of our players.