By Nik Brumsack
Carl Jenkinson says he is 'more than comfortable' playing at the highest level after a highly-encouraging start to the season.
The defender, who is deputising for the injured Bacary Sagna, has been in fine form and impressed again in Sunday’s 1-1 draw at Manchester City.
Jenkinson believes getting more first-team experience has been crucial in helping him to develop - but he is confident he can improve still further.
“The more I play [means that] I feel more than comfortable at this level now. I feel very comfortable here,” he told Arsenal Player.
“I just want to push on from here, keep building every game and get better and better. That’s my aim and I just take it game by game.”
Jenkinson has also proved to be an attacking threat down the right flank - providing the assist for Gervinho’s goal in Montpellier last week. And the defender feels the ability to get forward has become an essential part of a full back’s armoury.
“The way we play as a club, you’ve got to get forward as a full back. I think in the modern game, it’s a big part of a full back's job,” he said.
“I think you can find plenty of full backs that can just defend, but the good ones are the ones that get forward as well.
“I try to do that as much as I can, and Gibbo’s [Kieran Gibbs] been doing it really well so we’ve got to keep that as a big part of our game.”
Watch the full interview with Carl on Arsenal Player now.