Carl Jenkinson on Robin van Persie, Thomas Vermaelen and Ju Young Park
Written by Renzo on October 31, 2011 21:30
Arsenal defender Carl Jenkinson is back from injury and ready to take over from Bacary Sagna on the right-wing.
Speaking to Arsenal Player on Monday, the 19-year old explained that the opportunity to play as regular was a bizarre feeling as he of course wants to feature for the Gunners but it is as well sad to do it because regular Bacary Sagna is out injured with the Frenchman set to make his comeback in the squad in January 2012 after he underwent surgery to stabilise the fracture on his right fibula.
On captain Robin van Persie, the youngster added that the Dutchman is a sensational player, a world class element in the Arsenal squad and one who is always ready, as captain, to help the young players.
Jenkinson was also full of praise for defender Thomas Vermaelen and striker Ju Young Park as he concluded by saying that the Belgian is a fantastic player as well as a leader with the Korean set to make his mark at Arsenal by scoring a lot of goals.
On his team-mates, Jenkinson said:
[Playing at right-back?] I can’t really explain it. It’s not very nice for you to get an opportunity come along because of an injury – Bac’s a good friend of mine.
You take opportunities when they came but it’s sad for Bac to have such a bad injury. I just wish him all the best and that he recovers as soon as possible.
But from my point of view I’ve got a chance now and that’s a good thing for me. I’ve just got to take my chances and do the best in every game I play.
I want to impress the boss and just do well for the team to make sure we keep getting results.
[Robin van Persie?] is just sensational. It’s difficult to describe what he does and what he brings to the team, he’s just world class.
Football-wise he’s brilliant and as a captain he’s just the same, even for the younger players like me.
He’s Robin van Persie and he’s got a lot of international caps under his belt but he’s still got time for the younger players – he wants to talk to us and help us improve.
That’s a really good thing for a young player to have such a great player helping us and trying to bring us along.
Before games when I’ve felt a bit nervous it’s been nice to have his arm around your shoulder, giving you little tips helping you to relax. He’s been brilliant for us on and off the pitch.
[Thomas Vermaelen is] another fantastic player. He brings so much – he’s aggressive, he’s strong, he’s a leader and we need all those we can in the team.
It’s great to have him back and hopefully he will be playing regularly again soon.
[Ju Young Park?] He’s absolutely clinical in front of goal. If you put him there he’ll finish all day long. What more can I say?
That’s what all strikers are there to do, and he’s brilliant at that. He showed the other night what he can do and I’m sure he’ll continue to do that.