Carl Jenkinson on Mikel Arteta, reveals why his crosses have radically improved
Written by Renzo on November 7, 2011 4:45
One of the best players for Arsenal on Saturday, defender Carl Jenkinson was delighted after the Gunners secured an easy win against West Brom.
Speaking to Arsenal Player after the game, the 19-year old was full of praise for midfielder Mikel Arteta as he explained that the Spaniard is “going from strength to strength” and did exceptionally well when he scored the third goal as he produced a top-class finish that gave no chance to Ben Foster.
Asked if the experience of the 29-year old is useful for the young players, Jenkinson agreed as he explained that the midfielder has been involved in the game for a long time and is one that can teach a lot to the young Arsenal players.
The right-back concluded by revealing that he does extra work in training with assistant manager Pat Rice, reason why his crosses were so dangerous against the Baggies with the 19-year old delivering at least five top-class crosses during Saturday’s win.
After the 3-0 win, Jenkinson said:
[If I look up to Mikel Arteta?] Definitely, yeah, talking of his goal, it was a great finish, right in the bottom corner, he’s going from strength to strength if you ask me, he was exceptional today.
He’s got that experience and he’s got that class about him as well like he will always keep the ball.
Like when you think he’s in a tricky situation, he’s got great feet and he’ll always get out of that situation.
And he’s a model professional as well, he’s someone I look up to, like he’s been around the game for a long time so I can learn a lot from him and he’s done really, really well today.
[Working on my crosses?] Yeah, I try to practice my crossing as much as I can.
I’m always doing extra work with Pat [Rice], like crossing or heading or 1 vs 1 defending, I’m always trying to do extra work.
My crossing has been much better lately, just trying to get an assist, like obviously I’ve put a few in, hopefully someone can get on the end of one but we’re scoring goals and I can’t really complain on that front.