2013/14 English Premier League
Jenkinson joined Arsenal from League One side Charlton Athletic in June 2011 and was immediately thrown in at the deep end, enjoying mixed results.
The right-back had only played nine senior games for Charlton, where his versatility and pace impressed, before being spotted by Arsene Wenger's scouting network. Having spent time on loan at Eastbourne Borough and Welling United only a year earlier, it was quite a rise for the defender and he made his debut for the Gunners against Udinese in the Champions League playoffs.
Jenkinson's early career at Emirates Stadium saw his confidence dip after he was sent off in the 8-2 defeat by Manchester United, but he was still tipped for a bright future by Wenger, who claimed he had the maturity and belief to succeed at the club.
The England defender improved steadily and a series of impressive performances deputising in the absence of Bacary Sagna saw him handed an international debut in November 2012. He made 21 appearances in all competitions during the 2012-13 season and signed a new long-term contract at the club.
Jenkinson has now proved himself to be a reliable member of the Arsenal set-up and he is tipped as a long-term replacement for Sagna when the France international eventually departs.
Strengths: He has stamina and speed in abundance and often gets forward to supplement the attack, while he boasts good commitment and crossing to the cause.
Weaknesses: Very one-footed and still learning the game positionally. He can be caught out on too many occasions and lacks composure when pressed for the ball.
Career high: Handed his England debut, coming on as a second-half substitute in a friendly against Sweden in November 2012.
Career low: Drafted into the side after an injury to Sagna at the start of 2011-12, he was criticised for his part in the 8-2 defeat to Man Utd and was also sent off.
Style: Quick, agile, a pacy full-back.
Quotes: "We were watching Carl for some time and he is a player with great talent and natural defensive ability, but also a powerful player who likes to go forward." Arsene Wenger on Carl Jenkinson, 2011.
Trivia: His mother is from Finland and he has captained Finland under-19s and played for the under-21s.
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