Carl Jenkinson has spoken of his absolute pride at wearing the colours of the club so many members of his family are long-standing supporters of.
Arsenal is in the blood of his mother and father, and Carl’s brother is also a fan – hence it was an emotional young Gunner who made his debut for the last week.
A pre-season friendly against a Malaysian XI it may have been, but it meant the world to the youngster...and his watching family back home.
The former Charlton player recalls: “In the tunnel on the way out I think was the first time I thought back and realised where I was.
“I looked around at my teammates and on the way out seeing all the fans it was just an amazing feeling. I don't think anything will ever emulate that.
"I was feeling quiet emotional, it was amazing to be honest, it is something I'll never forget about for the rest of my life. It was just unbelievable."
The 19-year-old played 66 minutes in his opening game for the club, and then the second half in the Gunners' second friendly against Hanzhou Greentown.
He added: “It's just a great feeling for me and my family to be honest and something that everyone was very proud of and always will be. My brother took the day off work and so did my dad and they watched it at home.
"It was a very proud moment for them and of course for me to be in an Arsenal shirt and they were just over the moon that I'd made it and that I was on the pitch in an Arsenal kit."
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