Carl Jenkinson enjoys special moment with Arsenal fans following Blackpool victory

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Arsenal breezed through their FA Cup third-round tie against Blackpool with a 3-0 victory.

Unai Emery played a somewhat youthful side with Eddie Nketiah and Joe Willock getting a run out, in a half-empty Bloomfield Road.

Blackpool did provide some early resistance but were eventually cut apart by the superior Premier League side.

One player who also featured for the Gunners and has grown into a cult-figure at the club is 26-year-old and lifelong Arsenal fan, Carl Jenkinson.

The Englishman has yet to make a Premier League appearance this season but has featured in both the Europa League, Carabao Cup and FA Cup.

Jenkinson went out on loan at West Ham between 2014 and 2016 making 52 league appearances in the process but the deal was never made permanent with the Hammers.

The former Charlton Athletic player enjoyed a special moment with his beloved Arsenal fans after the win against the Seasiders. 

Fans were heard via Charles Watts' Twitter post singing: 'Carl Jenko's a Gooner' and the defender clearly appreciated the chant.

Jenkinson even went on to display his gratitude on Instagram saying the chants in the second half on the game would 'live long in the memory'.

Fans were quick to jump to Twitter to commend the Arsenal player who despite having a lack of game time as remained loyal to the Gunners.

The game was also a memorable one for youngster Willock who scored two and looked a constant threat throughout the match.

The 19-year-old now has three goals in three matches this season after failing to score in 11 appearances last campaign.


Arsenal now have Chelsea and Manchester City coming up in their next four Premier League games in what will certainly be a crucial stage in the season for Unai Emery's men.

The Gunners are currently just three points ahead of Manchester United in sixth and with the Red Devils' form improving significantly under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Arsenal may treat the FA Cup as a bonus.

This means the likes of Willock, Maitland-Niles and Jenkinson could get regular game-time in the competition this season.

Unai Emery
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