Carl Jenkinson is not overly worried about the Arsenal's growing injury list, with the 19-year-old insisting that the younger members of the squad will step up and show that the Gunners have plenty of depth.
Jenkinson signed for Arsenal this summer from Charlton for a fee of £1 million. The defender is said to be one of the future European talents, and the move by Arsene Wenger to snap up the starlet was not surprising given the French manager’s favouritism towards younger players.
And Jenkinson said that while Wenger is under pressure to buy new players to bolster the Gunners squad, the club’s youngsters are feeling positive and ready to show what they’re made of.
"Our squad is stretched - that is quite obvious - but the people who have come in have done well, so I don't think there can be too many complaints," Jenkinson said.
"There are a lot of young players in the squad - me included. But we are there for a reason - people believe in us - and all of us young ones have to step up to the mark to take responsibility, and that is what we will do.”
Jenkinson made his first start for Arsenal at the weekend against Liverpool, and while the London club lost 2-0, the Englishman, who is also eligible to play for Finland, believes that the Gunners have the team spirit to come back.
"We will bounce back. We have got a lot of quality and will come back from this, without a doubt,” Jenkinson added.
"Everyone pulls together. There is a good group we have got here and everyone is united."
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