Lifelong Arsenal fan Carl made 22 appearances last season and proved a solid deputy to Bacary Sagna at right back . He also scored his first goal for his boyhood club in the final Premier League game of the season at Norwich City.
The defender was outstanding in Arsenal's 1-0 win over Tottenham in September 2013 and also performed superbly in the Champions League win against Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena in the 2012/13 season, playing with a maturity well beyond his years.
Carl Jenkinson Profile
February 08, 1992
A fine athlete with a great engine, Carl joined Arsenal from Charlton Athletic in June 2011 - completing a rapid rise to the top. He made nine appearances for the Addicks, also taking in loan spells at non-League sides Welling United and, in 2010/11, Eastbourne Borough, before making the move to north London to turn out for the team he used to watch from the stands as a boy.
Carl replaced the injured Kieran Gibbs after just 29 minutes against Aston Villa and completed 90 minutes in the wins over Fulham and Fenerbache at home with two typically dependable performances.
Carl started the games against Tottenham, Sunderland and West Brom in September. The full-back continued to be a reliable option for Arsene Wenger and put in an impressive display to help keep a clean sheet against Spurs.
The 21-year-old also set up Aaron Ramsey's first goal against Sunderland and was happy to contribute an assist.
"I was happy with that", he said. "When I look back on it, it was great that he shouted because I probably wouldn't have seen him otherwise."
Carl made two starts for the Gunners in October. The young full-back replaced the injured Bacary Sagna in the draw with West Bromwich Albion before playing 90 minutes in the defeat to Chelsea in the Capital One Cup.
Carl was restricted to just one appearance as a substitute in November.
Carl made four appearances in December, with three of them starts. The young full-back provided a pinpoint cross for Nicklas Bendtner to head home Arsenal's first goal against Hull and produced a solid display at the back.
Carl was restricted to just one appearance in January which came against Coventry City in the FA Cup.
Carl was restricted to one start and one appearance from the bench in February. The right back replaced Bacary Sagna for the cup game against Liverpool before coming on for Nacho Monreal at half-time in the home game with Sunderland.
"We started on the front foot [against Sunderland] and that's the way it's got to be at home," Carl told the Matchday Show. "It was a fantastic performance and result. It was great to see Olivier get back in the goals again and he's going to play a big part in the rest of the season."
Carl made two appearances from the bench in March. The full back came on in the closing moments of Arsenal's win over Everton before playing the second half at Stamford Bridge.
"If you are a player at the highest level and you play for a club like Arsenal you can never stop believing," he said. "You're in the wrong sport and you're playing for the wrong team if you're just going to give up and think it's all over when it's not.
"Football changes so quickly. One minute you're the best thing since sliced bread and the next minute it's all going wrong."
Carl made just one appearance in April, which came as a late substitute against West Ham.
May was a memorable month for Carl after he scored his first-ever goal for his boyhood club. The defender was on hand to poke home Arsenal's second goal against Norwich City and couldn't hide his delight afterwards.
"Since I was a kid I've been an Arsenal fan, I've scored that goal 100 times in my back garden and celebrated like I'm celebrating in front of the fans," he told Arsenal Player. "I've done it for real today and it was the best feeling in the world. I think you could tell by my celebration."
Carl deputised in the absence of Bacary Sagna for Arsenal's first two matches of the season, helping the team keep clean sheets against Sunderland and Stoke.
Carl continued his fine start to the season with a series of dependable performances throughout September. He was named Man of the Match against Chelsea, and also drew praise from captain Thomas Vermaelen. “It’s really important for any player to keep improving - there’s nothing worse than standing still, and it’s really obvious that Carl is making big steps every single week," the Belgian said.
Carl continued his good start to the season with a series of solid displays throughout the month. “He has developed extremely well,” manager Arsene Wenger said about Jenkinson. “In his head, I like the way he sees things - first to establish yourself completely as a player in your club. Once you’re completely established, go for internationals.”
Carl’s highlight of November will undoubtedly have been making his England debut in Stockholm. He also started in the 0-0 draw against Aston Villa at Villa Park. “He’s certainly got potential to be an international player,” Arsenal legend Lee Dixon told Arsenal.com. “The important thing with young lads like that is you let their progress go unhindered. He seems like a good kid. I don’t know him but I’d like to sit down with him and have a chat to find out what his thoughts are. I’d like to get to know him a bit but I believe he’s a really good kid and he’s got a huge future ahead of him.”
Carl started the first two games of December against Swansea and Olympiacos. He was also one of five young internationals to sign a new contract at the Club midway through the month, along with Jack Wilshere, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Kieran Gibbs and Aaron Ramsey. “Obviously I’m over the moon - really happy. I see my future at this football club and I’m delighted they see things the same way,” said Jenkinson. "Signing the contract shows commitment from me, which Arsenal can always count on, but it’s a big commitment from them as well. People here clearly have belief in me, and now I have to make sure I prove them right.”
Carl featured once in January, playing 90 minutes of the FA Cup win over Brighton and Hove Albion.
Carl was sent off for two bookable offences against Sunderland at the start of the month, before delivering a consistent performance at home to Aston Villa after returning from suspension.
“From my point of view, I think it’s good to have an English core,” the defender said. “We’re an English club and with English players and an English squad, the fans can relate to that."
Carl started in all but one of Arsenal’s fixtures in March. The 21-year-old was impressive against Bayern Munich, where he was part of the defence that kept a clean sheet. “It’s a huge win,” he said after victory in Swansea. “We were buzzing in the changing room because this is a hard place to come to and get a win. I’m delighted and so are the boys, and so we should be.”
Carl’s only appearance of the month came in the under-21s’ 1-0 defeat by Tottenham Hotspur. He was also an unused substitute against West Bromwich Albion, Norwich City and Manchester United.
Carl was an unused substitute for the wins against Queens Park Rangers and Wigan Athletic.
Despite missing out at Newcastle, Carl started Arsenal's remaining four fixtures during the month, helping the Club qualify for the Champions League. His month was marred, however, with a red card in the defeat at Old Trafford.
Carl featured once in September, starting in the Carling Cup 3-1 victory over Shrewsbury at Emirates Stadium.
Carl was handed his opportunity to shine in the absence of Bacary Sagna, featuring in the victories over Sunderland, Marseille and Chelsea. A minor injury prevented any further appearances for the young right-bac
Carl was sidelined with a back injury for the majority of the month but enjoyed perhaps his best game in an Arsenal shirt in the 3-0 victory over West Brom at Emirates Stadium. The young right-back also started the Champions League goalless draw against Marseille.
Carl continued to recover from a back injury.
Carl continued his recovery from a back problem.
Carl recovered from an ankle injury to feature as a late substitute in the 5-2 win over Tottenham at the end of the month.
Carl did not feature during March.
Carl continued his rehabilitation from injury and came off the bench to play five minutes of Arsenal's 3-0 victory at Wolves.
Carl made his first start since November in the final-day victory over West Brom at The Hawthorns, helping the team to the 3-2 win which secured third place.