Gunners full back relishes fresh competition

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Bacary Sagna is happy and ready to fight for his place in the Arsenal side, with new boy Carl Jenkinson showing early signs that he can provide competition for the right back spot next season.

Sagna has been considered the firm favourite for Arsene Wenger over the past few seasons, with Emmanuel Eboue filling in when the Frenchman has either been injured or rested by the Gunners boss.

Jenkinson made an impressive debut for Arsenal against the Malaysia XI yesterday, showing both his defensive and offensive qualities following his summer move from Charlton.

Thomas Vermaelen has also been impressed with Jenkinson, revealing that the 19-year-old has regularly been winning fitness tests in training.



The obvious talent of the Finnish Under 19 international has led many in and out of Arsenal suggesting Sagna’s place could be under threat, but he believes the competition can only be a good thing.

Speaking to Arsenal’s official website, he said: "I’m very happy to have him (Jenkinson) playing for Arsenal. Whoever plays, me or him or even Eboue it will add something to the team and that’s what is most important.

“Having him here is good for me because he will be an opponent but a friend as well. I hope he will push us because we need this kind of player.”

Ryo Miyachi also made an impressive start to his Arsenal career in the 4-0 win over Malaysia XI, and Sagna was impressed with both youngsters in the convincing win. The 28-year-old is confident competition throughout the squad can only spur the Gunners on to bigger and better things as of next season.

“They were excellent. I thought they played their own games. They were full of confidence and that's good for the team.”

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