Carl Jenkinson must step up for Arsenal
Arsenal's Carl Jenkinson may replace Bacary Sagna
With Arsenal facing the tough test of having to contain Gareth Bale this weekend, they have been struck by the blow that Bacary Sagna is ruled out with a knee injury.
The liklehood is that Carl Jenkinson will be the man to replace the Frenchman, as The Gunners prepare to face their north London rivals Tottenham Hotspur.
When Jenkinson first joined The Emirates outfit in 2011 he put on a few uncertain displays and was committing basic defensive errors.
He was also horribly ineffective when going forward, with passes going astray and crosses not finding any of his teammates.
However, in the first few matches of this season, Jenkinson looked to have improved, defending admirably in the right back position, and even looking dangerous in attack.
But in recent fixtures his form has dropped – perhaps due to less playing time, with Sagna starting most matches.
Jenkinson is facing a stern test at White Hart Lane this coming Sunday, perhaps his toughest yet.
Arsenal have the opportunity to climb to within one point of their bitter north London rival if they can pull off a victory in the hotly awaited derby - which will go a long way in the race for Champions League qualification.
However, Spurs will be looking to avenge their last fixture against Arsenal, where they suffered a humiliating 5-2 defeat. Leading 1-0 Emanuel Adebayor was sent off against his former club, which led to the onslaught from The Gunners.
Bale is certainly Tottenham’s most dangerous asset, and with the incredible form the Welshman is currently enjoying, Jenkinson will have to pull out all the stops to keep him from causing havoc.
Arsenal’s defence have been found wanting against lesser opponents than the White Hart Lane outfit and the Gunners’ back four will have to make a collective effort to stand firm against the feared Bale and company.
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