It may have been an end-of-season affair with little to play for, but the way Arsenal right-back Carl Jenkinson celebrated his goal against Norwich City, you would think he had just won the World Cup.
It was a sight to behold, an avid Gunner netting his first strike for the team he loves. And it also raised questions as to whether or not Arsene Wenger needs to spend in order to replace Bacary Sagna, should the Frenchman leave this summer.
At 22, Jenkinson is no longer the young starlet that arrived at the Emirates. He is of an age when he should be forcing his way into his manager's first-team plans. And he made an emphatic statement against the Canaries.
Jenkinson not only did what was asked of him at the back, but he also scored the second in a 2-0 victory, netting with his only effort on goal.
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In a defensive capacity, Jenkinson made three effective clearances, one interception and he was accurate with an impressive 47 of his 54 attempted passes.
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Some Arsenal fans believe Jenkinson is most certainly not the answer if Sagna does leave at the end of his current contract. While others feel the former Charlton Athletic player has the potential to become a very effective full-back.
After Sunday's match, we took to Twitter to see what Arsenal fans thought of his performance, and you can find a selection of what we found below:
Jenkinson is one of them cult hero type of fella's. He got lucky hitting the big time but that's why I like him so much. #LivingTheDream— Jösh (@JC_Saunders91) May 11, 2014
Buzzing for Jenkinson. Would love to see him get a few more first team opportunities when Sagna leaves.— alfie †urvey (@AlfieTurvey) May 11, 2014
Love Jenkinson, needs more game time— Chris Gell (@ChrisGell_) May 11, 2014
Jenkinson showing Giroud how to finish...— Cafe Del Mar (@coleyisalegend) May 11, 2014
So Jenkinson shows up on the last game of the season. . .— Tenji (@Gecaga10) May 11, 2014
That goal from Jenkinson is his mental leap for him. Watch, he'll be a better footballer bc of it. Now he knows he can score.— Anthony E. (@AFCgooner87) May 11, 2014
Jenkinson's had a good game, even without the goal. Not a lot to do but still— Stuart Jackson (@TheRunner87) May 11, 2014
Jenkinson seems like he's tryin to make a case for starting right back next season— Crash (@JonAblett) May 11, 2014
Always thought Jenkinson would become the next Bale. Well I'm not wrong so far. #bantz— WA (@WerseneAnger) May 11, 2014
Jenkinson has so many great attributes, if he can improve his defensive positioning and calmness on the ball, he could make it.— Ant (@Ant_Walter3) May 11, 2014