By Nick Ames

Carl Jenkinson’s Dad was so happy to see his son become a Gunner that he threw him a surprise party.

The 20 year-old has never made a secret of his lifelong love for the Club, passed down to him by father Steve – but he couldn’t have imagined what he would come home to shortly after putting pen to paper on his first Arsenal contract last summer.

“It was such an exciting time for us, and a couple of weeks after I signed my dad threw me a surprise party,” Jenkinson told the Official Arsenal Magazine.

“I had no idea at all, not a clue what was going on, but my friends led me round the side of my house and there were all my family with Arsenal scarves, Arsenal flags – my Dad even put his CD of Arsenal songs on! It was brilliant, seeing all my family like that so happy.”

Jenkinson is not in too much of a rush to tell his team-mates about it – even though they’ve joined the thousands on Twitter who have seen photographs of his childhood bedroom festooned with Arsenal memorabilia.

“I don’t tell this to all the lads, I don’t know what they’d think of me,” he laughed.

“When Robin saw those photos of my old bedroom he said ‘have you got a picture of me on your wall?’ so I will probably take a lot of stick for this!”

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