Although he missed Sunday’s game with Man City through illness, skipper Thomas Vermaelen said Laurent Koscielny’s late equaliser had him jumping off the sofa to celebrate.
The Frenchman whacked home the goal that Arsenal deserved and had an eventful game on his first appearance of the season. Via his captain’s notes in tonight’s matchday programme, Vermaelen revealed he’s not a great spectator under those circumstances, saying, “I had to watch the game on my sofa, which is never a good experience for a player.
“You feel more nervous, knowing that you don’t have the control and ability to affect things that you might have on the pitch. Despite feeling ill I couldn’t help jumping up sometimes, and certainly when Laurent scored our equaliser!”
The Belgian was full of praise for his centre-half replacement, and midfielder Aaron Ramsey who started in an unconventional position on the right, but he reserved some special words for young full back Carl Jenkinson.
“Another player I must mention is Carl Jenkinson who had another fine game on Sunday. I even heard that he was trending on Twitter!
“It’s really important for any player to keep improving. There’s nothing worse than standing still and it’s obvious that Carl is making big steps every single week. He’s playing better and better and I’m really pleased for him.”
Such is the measure of his progress that he’ll sit out tonight’s Capital One Cup, a competition he would have been earmarked by most to take part in. Obviously the injury to Bacary Sagna is a factor, but Jenks will be boosted by the encouraging words from his captain.
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