Arsenal defender Carl Jenkinson has revealed his ambition to be the new, long-term right-back at the Emirates Stadium.
Bacary Sagna is set to leave North London this summer, leaving Arsene Wenger with a big decision – does he promote from within or sign a ready-made replacement?
A whole host of names have been linked with Arsenal, but it is a player currently on their books who feels he is ready for the job.
Speaking to the London Evening Standard, Jenkinson said, “I feel that I am ready for it. It’s 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.”
Jenkinson gave a hint of what could come on the last day of the season, when he scored his first senior goal for the club against Norwich City.
That was the 22-year-old’s 22nd appearance of the season, but he spent the vast majority of the Premier League campaign on the bench, biding his time.
It is clear Jenkinson now believes that time has come, and Wenger will know he has a player who will give his all every time he steps on the pitch.
The question is: Will that be enough with the Gunners looking to push on from their exploits this season?
“I am the sort of player who needs to play regularly to get the best out of me,” Jenkinson added.
But that decision will ultimately rest with his manager.