Jack Wilshere says Carl Jenkinson would ‘run through a brick wall’ for his Arsenal teammates and also paid homage to his teammate’s development in the last 12 months.
The former Charlton defender is understood to have signed a new five-year deal at the Emirates this week and is currently in Stockholm with England for whom he could potentially make his international debut this evening.
Considering that just two years ago Jenkinson was playing on loan for Eastbourne Borough in the Conference South division while intermittently watching the Gunners from the terraces with his dad, his rapid rise to fame is a tale which resonates strongly with supporters and indeed with Wilshere.
“I’m delighted for him,” the midfielder told Arsenal.com.
“It’s clear for everyone to see how much of an improvement has been made. He came to the Club playing barely any games for Charlton and it was a big step for him. He’s got a great character and he’s a great lad to have around. He’d run through a brick wall for you.
“To have him in your team and even in the dressing room is great and I’m delighted for him and his family. I know his dad will be delighted. It’s a good story and hopefully now he can get his place in the England squad and be a regular.”
It’s yet to be confirmed whether Jenkinson will get playing time in tonight’s England friendly, although speaking yesterday manager Roy Hodgson was confident that he should be allowed to take part:
“Has Jenkinson got international clearance? We think so. I think it is coming tomorrow. We are assured it is coming.”
Let’s hope Carl gets the chance to cap an amazing week with a few minutes on the pitch alongside Wilshere. Who knows with speculation continuing to circle about Bacary Sagna’s future it’s possible he could find himself number one in his position for both club and country in the near future.