Carl Jenkinson, the former Finland U-21 player, has chosen England as his route to go down on, and I for one don't blame him. The only challenges he has is Micah Richards and Kyle Walker, I don't ever see Chris Smalling going to right-back ever again.
In all honesty, Jenkinson is already good enough to take over from Sagna, one mistake against Chelsea has lost him some credibility with fans, but that's like saying Cazorla's mistake on the first day of the season was drop-worthy. He's pacey, he's strong, he's an Arsenal man through and through and something that many at Arsenal aren't, he's hungry.
I may be delusional and naive to think that Sagna will sign a new contract with Arsenal, especially now as it looks more and more unlikely for Arsenal to challenge for the title, and Arsenal shouldn't be looking for a replacement for Sagna, if anything, a backup for Jenkinson.
He's a player who needs first team football if he's ever going to get into the England squad properly. One cup he's heavily involved in is the FA Cup, playing in most if not every match in the Cup this season. Speaking to the Independent, he said: "The FA Cup is a massive competition, which everyone wants to be involved in."
Since surging past Everton in that great tie, I fancy him to start against Wigan, he has more pace and he's just as eager to get forward as Sagna is. If Carl is to cement a place in the England squad for Brazil, he has to get game time, and Arsenal in the FA Cup could be an avenue for him to go down and keep on impressing as he has done.
Against Coventry, you could see just before Cazorla scored, he went for the shot and instantly grabbed his face even though they were 3-0 up and through, he's hungry for success and his first goal for the club. (No his goal against Reading was sadly given to Walcott, harsh I know.)
Many will argue that he's not ready, I understand why. Against Manchester United in that 8-2 defeat he didn't prove himself, against Chelsea he flopped arguably. However against Bayern Munich in that 2-0 win he had his flank covered and showed such passion against the best team in the world, I think he's ready.
With Sagna's contract looking to be not signed by Gazidis, Wenger or Bacary himself, it seems as if maybe Carl Jenkinson may get a start for Arsenal now, and I hope for England.
Come on Arsene, come on Roy: Play him!
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