Carl Jenkinson has underlined his determination to stay in the Champions League as it remains the “pinnacle of football”.
The England international is in the frame to face Bayern Munich in the second leg of Arsenal’s last-16 clash at Allianz Arena on Wednesday night as Arsène Wenger's side try to overturn a 3-1 first-leg deficit.
Jenkinson is relishing the opportunity to appear in the competition again.
The build up, the song that's played before the game that sends shivers down your spine, everything about the Champions League is just classy
“I’ve learned and realised that the Champions League is just the pinnacle of football,” he said. “When I was growing up watching the Champions League, it's the competition you dream of playing in.
“The build up, the song that's played before the game that sends shivers down your spine, everything about the Champions League is just classy. It’s where you want to be as a footballer.
“I love playing in it. I’ve been lucky enough to play a few games in it, and I've enjoyed every minute. I used to go to games when I was younger, and I’d be at school telling my mates I'm going to the Champions League tonight - it's just a big buzz.
“There's such an aura about the Champions League. It's a fantastic tournament and I can't get enough of it.”Copyright 2013 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source 11 Mar 2013