Carl Jenkinson’s inclusion in the squad to face Sporting Lisbon in tonight’s clash was a surprise one for many Arsenal fans, despite the fact that Gunners are missing their first three left-back choices because of injury.
The former Charlton man last made an appearance for the north London outfit nearly two years ago after a number of injuries, loan spells and generally not being favoured have kept him out of the squad.
Both Nacho Monreal and Sead Kolasinac are ruled out due to the same issues that kept them out of the Leicester game on Monday night and third choice left-back Ainsley Maitland-Niles is still recovering from a leg fracture suffered in August.
Veteran right-back Stephan Lichtsteiner deputised against the Foxes and struggled against the pace of Jamie Vardy and Kelechi Iheanacho, but looks set to retain his starting spot as Unai Emery’s side travel to Lisbon for their Europa League battle with 18-time Primeira Liga champions, Sporting Lisbon.
Could there be a chance that Jenkinson gets a run out?
Arsenal fans react to his inclusion below.
To carry the bags and fold the towels
— warren stein (@mrwarrenstein) October 24, 2018
Ok Carl Jenkinson
it’s you’re chance again fella
Come on arsenal
— saxon71 (@stuafc71) October 24, 2018
It's not even that I forgot Carl Jenkinson was still at Arsenal, it's that I genuinely believed he'd been sold over the summer. https://t.co/4199jF8oiU
— kevin (@KevBeirne) October 24, 2018
Carl Jenkinson masterclass in Portugal.
— Pranav KS (@Wilshere_Sharma) October 24, 2018
If emery makes Carl Jenkinson a baller the man deserves manager of the year
— subliminalplayboy (@chiittybang400) October 24, 2018
I'm 100% convinced Carl Jenkinson is part cockroach and will outlast us all ???? https://t.co/Lq8Gh5UYRL
— James McCrory (@Jamezmcc) October 24, 2018
Can't wait to see Carl Jenkinson!!!!! ???????
— tgoon (@tomrclar90) October 24, 2018
What if Emery somehow managed to get the best out of Carl Jenkinson? ?
— Sam (@afcsammy_) October 24, 2018
My Man Carl Jenkinson. The dream lives on ???????
— LIMI✈LESS (@HeeroChima) October 18, 2018
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