Wenger hails 'remarkable' Carl Jenkinson - A hint at plans?

Carl Jenkinson

Arsene Wenger was delighted with Carl Jenkinson's display against Norwich.

Arsenal have one game still to play this season and remain unsure whether defender Bacary Sagna will stay at the club.

The Frenchman is the first choice right-back at Arsenal, but if he leaves, then Carl Jenkinson is the next man up.

Jenkinson netted against Norwich at the weekend in his first league start of 2014, and impressed Arsene Wenger who said after the game:

"I'm happy for him because he's a remarkable player and boy as well. He could share that with our fans so it's great for him."

It was not long ago that Jenkinson was called into England's team, making his debut in late 2012, but long periods on the bench have seen him fall off the radar ahead of the World Cup squad.

Wenger's comments hailing the right-back come as important backing for the Englishman who much have wondered whether he had lost the faith of his manager somewhere along the line.

In fact the boss' praise could even hint that he has a key role should Sagna move on. With Hector Bellerin in the ranks too, it's very possible Wenger lets them battle it out rather than sign a replacement.

Here are three notable statistics from Jenkinson's display:

- Jenkinson's goal was from his only shot on target all season:

  TeamOntarget Scoring AttGoalsAppsMins
Carl Jenkinson Arsenal 1 1 14 800

 - The win over Norwich was the third game this season Jenkinson has made four crosses or more, and recorded a 0% accuracy.

  MatchMatchday(Accurate Cross / Total Cross) * 100Total CrossMins
Carl Jenkinson Norwich vs Arsenal 38 0.00 4 90
Carl Jenkinson West Brom vs Arsenal 07 0.00 6 90
Carl Jenkinson Arsenal vs Aston Villa 01 0.00 4 61

- This season Jenkinson has attempted 42 long passes from his own half into the opposing one, and has failed to find a teammate once.

  TeamLong Pass Own To OppLong Pass Own To Opp SuccessAppsMins
Carl Jenkinson Arsenal 42 0 14 800

 

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