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Bacary Sagna has heaped praise on Arsenal team-mate Carl Jenkinson, saying that the young full-back has the potential for a long career at the very top.

The 20-year-old has successfully filled the void left by the injured Frenchman - who fractured his fibula back in May - with a series of scintillating first-team performances.

Sagna made his comeback for Arsenal's reserves on Monday evening, and later admitted he faces a difficult task of winning back his place in Arsene Wenger's starting XI.

"He [Jenkinson] has been really good, and has learned a lot," the 29-year-old told Arsenal Player. "He is a bit more confident with the ball, and is very solid as a defender.

"He brings a lot to the team, and I am very happy for him because he is a hard worker, a very good guy and is going to be one of the best."

Jenkinson has proved an able deputy in Sagna's absence, and is rumoured to be close to his first England call-up.

The former Charlton youngster has featured for both England and Finland at youth international level, but with dual nationality is still eligible to play for the Three Lions senior team.

After praising the exploits of his understudy, Sagna revealed how he's been similarly pleased with the Gunners' strong start to the campaign, and is confident it will lead to a concerted Premier League title bid.

"We have been solid," he enthused. "I think we can win the league: we have to take it step by step, but we have the quality necessary to play until the end of the season and win."

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