Carl Jenkinson says celebrating his first goal for Arsenal was the ‘best feeling in the world’ and revealed he spent endless childhood kick-abouts imagining what it would be like to score for the Gunners.
Netting on his 57th appearance for Arsenal to double the lead at Carrow Road, the 22-year-old didn’t hesitate to celebrate with gusto wheeling away towards the travelling fans before sliding on his knees and being mobbed by his teammates.
Speaking to Arsenal Player after the game, he admitted the strike – which was hardly a thing of beauty – was still the stuff of dreams.
“It took a while but I got there in the end. Since I was a kid I’ve been an Arsenal fan, I’ve scored that goal 100 times in my back garden and celebrated like I’m celebrating in front of the fans.
“I’ve done it for real today and it was the best feeling in the world. I think you could tell by my celebration.
“I’m a defender so I’m not going to score too many goals and hopefully that will kick-start it now and I will get a few more.”
Jenkinson did come close to opening his account in the Capital One Cup last season as he crashed home in injury-time against Reading only for Theo Walcott’s initial effort to be credited as the equaliser.
Pleased that on this occasion there’s no confusion, he continued: “To be honest I was half happy that goal wasn’t given to me [at Reading] because it went in the back of the net and no-one knew whose goal it was.
“There was no question with today’s one and I could celebrate knowing it’s my goal.”
Arseblog News couldn’t be happier to see the Corporal end the season by getting off the mark in red and white.
Speaking to him back in August [interview here] he set himself the lofty target of usurping Bacary Sagna as the club’s first-choice right-back. As it’s turned out he’s played less this season than last (13 starts as opposed to 21) but with an England cap to his name and age on his side you’d be foolish to dismiss him as a candidate for the position next term once the Frenchman has departed. He’ll no doubt have competition on that front, but good luck to him. He’s proved many a doubter wrong already…