Arsenal have undergone significant changes in the past few months, the biggest of which saw Unai Emery succeed Arsene Wenger as the club’s manager.
Fans always waved goodbye to long-serving duo Jack Wilshere and Santi Cazorla, who left on free transfers, while club captain Per Mertesacker retired to take a role with the Gunners academy.
However, while the sands of time breezed through North London, one surprise figure remained in his position in the squad – with Arsenal not managing to offload Carl Jenkinson despite his major fall from grace.
Capped by England in 2012, Jenkinson has spent time with West Ham and Birmingham City in recent years on loan and last appeared for Arsenal in a League Cup quarter-final defeat to Southampton almost two years ago.
Failing to secure an exit in the January window and in the summer, the 26-year-old has remained with Emery’s ranks and fans reacted to his inclusion in the first-team squad’s photo for the 2018-19 season.
We have gathered some of the best reactions below.
Carl Jenkinson will outlive this club 😂
— Eamonn-James (@ec_2991) September 18, 2018
— Belli (@belli_mj) September 18, 2018
At this rate Carl Jenkinson is going to spend 10yrs at Arsenal, get a testimonial match and get a statue in from of the stadium
— ArsenalDNA (@Bestdgooner) September 18, 2018
Carl Jenko living every fans dream
— Näth (@NathJRH) September 18, 2018
Jenko thinking they still havent noticed im still here
— Bobby 💎 (@DiamondBD92) September 18, 2018
Why is Jenkinson there?
— Baron Pierre De Coubertin (@Maihula007) September 18, 2018
My God, Jenkinson is still an arsenal player? Let him start in the league cup at least or come off the bench, man has waited and waited
— ziggy (@barnabasbosan) September 19, 2018
Carl jenkinson is still at the club …… How!!!!!!!!!
— Joshua bethelz (@Joshuabethel6) September 18, 2018
How is Carl jekinson still an arsenal player?
— ifos Efaj (@Ifos4) September 18, 2018
Didn’t know Jenkinson is still alive
— andrzej zagula (@andrzej_zagula) September 18, 2018