By Chris Harris
Carl Jenkinson believes regular first-team football is bringing out the best in him.
The 20-year-old took a giant leap up the divisions when he swapped League One Charlton for Premier League Arsenal last summer. And his form has made similar strides in recent weeks.
Jenkinson produced perhaps his best display for the Club last weekend when he shackled Scott Sinclair and got forward to good effect in the 1-1 draw at Manchester City. The right back was trending on Twitter after the game and earned praise from Thomas Vermaelen in midweek. He admits he has never felt better in an Arsenal shirt.
"I am happy with how things are going at the moment, I think I am starting to get the best out of myself," Jenkinson told Arsenal Player.
"I am playing regularly and I think that is important for any player, for me especially. My fitness is a big part of my game and you only really get that from matches, and obviously I am playing regularly at the moment. I feel fit and strong and I feel I am getting there now.
"I feel like I am progressing game by game, maybe that is natural for a younger player but it is nice that the skipper thinks that. I have got to continue to do that. I think a player always works on his weaknesses and I have been working on things I think I can improve on."
Jenkinson's increasing comfort in the top flight will be put to the test on Saturday when Chelsea visit Emirates Stadium. Always robust, the Blues now have the added creativity of Eden Hazard, Juan Mata, Victor Moses and Oscar at their disposal.
"They [creative players] are everywhere in this league anyway, but everyone knows the quality of the likes of Mata and Hazard," said Jenkinson.
"Of course they are great wingers but I have to make sure I am on top of my game whoever I mark. Even if it is not them, you have Victor Moses or someone else. Chelsea have an abundance of talent, so I have to be on my mettle whoever I am marking.
"The main thing is to focus on my own game, and hopefully I will take care of them that way.
"Chelsea are a strong side and have started the season well, so it is going to be a tough game. But it is important that we focus on how we have been playing. If we play to the best of our ability, we can beat any team in the world. I genuinely believe that."
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