Carl Jenkinson “disappointed” with personal display, happy with Vermaelen-Mertesacker partnership
Written by Renzo on November 2, 2011 22:00
Arsenal defender Carl Jenkinson confessed that he was disappointing, on Tuesday, against Marseille but was happy with an important point in the Champions League.
Speaking to Arsenal Player after the game, the 19-year old explained that the players’ objective was of course to win the game and get all three points but having failed to score it was important to keep a clean sheet after Marseille adopted an offensive approach during the game, despite playing away from home.
On his personal performance, the right-back did indeed confess that he could have done better adding that it is however normal to be rusty after spending weeks on the sidelines because of injury concerns.
Jenkinson concluded by saying that it was important for the Gunners to continue their unbeaten run as he praised centre backs Thomas Vermaelen and Per Mertesacker, two players he described as world-class.
On Tuesday, the youngster said:
Obviously our aim was a win and that’s what we went out there to do but it just didn’t work out that way and we didn’t get that goal.
We kept a clean sheet and that’s positive – at the end of the day it’s in our own hands.
We wanted to win the game so in that sense it’s disappointing but a point is not a disaster.
Marseille surprised us a little bit, I think. The full-backs were trying to get forward and at times they were leaving three up top.
They had not just come here to sit back. Fair play to them, they went for it and I think they have done well.
We want to win games – even though we got a draw today – and we kept that run going. It’s vital that we keep that momentum going.
I’m a bit disappointed with my display tonight but I haven’t played for two weeks so I’ll build on that. Roll on Saturday.
We’re playing well at the moment and we just want to keep getting results. Tonight we wanted the three points but we’ve still kept that unbeaten run going so that is positive.
[Thomas Vermaelen and Per Mertesacker?] They were very solid. At the end of the day we kept a clean sheet and they look like they’ve already got a good understanding with each other.
Obviously they are two world-class players, so it’s not going to take long to click. They both look very good together.