By Nik Brumsack

Carl Jenkinson says playing in the Champions League is “the pinnacle of football”.

Jenkinson starred in Arsenal’s 2-1 win against Montpellier in their opening fixture of Group B, and provided the assist for Gervinho’s winning goal.

And ahead of Olympiacos’ visit to Emirates Stadium on Wednesday, the defender has revealed his enjoyment at playing in the competition.

“I think the Champions League is the pinnacle of football - it’s something I really look forward to,” Jenkinson told Arsenal Player.

"The English play different to the Italians, to the French. They’re all different styles of football so in general it’s a lot different to the Premier League."

Arsenal will face Olympiacos for the fifth time since September 2009 this week, but Jenkinson insists being familiar with the Greek outfit won’t necessarily be an advantage.

“Their players have changed just as ours have over the years. I wouldn’t say you can read too much into it,” he said.

“The only thing we’ll be familiar with is the ground we’re playing at. They’re always going to have a different side and I think you have to focus and prepare as you normally would.”

Watch the full interview with Carl on Arsenal Player now.

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2 Oct 2012