Carl Jenkinson destroys Spurs with vicious one-liner

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Arsenal fans may not have had much to shout about in their own Champions League encounter this week, but they've been loving seeing Spurs crash out of the competition at the first hurdle.

Tottenham's defeat to Monaco on Tuesday all but ended their hopes of making it to the knockout stages, while Arsenal's draw with Paris Saint-Germain means they can still qualify at the top of the group providing they win their last game against and PSG drop points.

But there is one man who is likely enjoying this more than most, given that he's not only a boyhood Gunners fan, but plays for them too: Carl Jenkinson.

The 24-year-old was speaking to The Telegraph this week where he bemoaned the head-to-head rule that currently sees the club sit in second place behind their French counterparts.

And though we're sure that if you asked him now, he'd deny that it was a cleverly timed shot at the club's rivals, reading it as a stand alone statement is, well, rather hilarious.

When asked about how difficult it is to escape the Champions League group stages, he said: “Getting to the last 16 is not the easiest thing in the world to do. Tottenham have obviously seen that and we have done well to get to this point. We have held our own and are joint top.

On the head-to-head rule he added: “The only thing that is holding us back is the head to head rule, which is frustrating when you look at our goal difference and it counts for nothing.

"The rule is very frustrating, I’m not a fan of that. But it is what it is, we are through to the last 16 and all we can do is go to Basel and have a go there and hope things pan out well for us.

“If they don’t we are through to the last 16 anyway and you never know who you are going to get drawn against.”

Just ask Spurs

Jenkinson has somewhat lost his way at Arsenal in recent years. Having joined the club back in 2011 and making headway into Arsene Wenger's plans, he was sent on loan to West Ham for two years in 2014.

While in east London he made a total of 59 appearances, with many expecting the Gunners to cash in on his services over the summer.

But Wenger decided to keep hold of him, and with Hector Bellerin facing a spell on the sidelines the England international may finally get his chance to shine.

He featured in last weekend's meeting with Manchester United and again played just over 80 minutes against PSG during the week.

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