Carl Jenkinson has described his first Arsenal goal as "the best feeling in the world".

The defender broke his duck in the Gunners' final game of the Premier League season, converting a loose ball inside the box as Arsène Wenger's side won 2-0 at Norwich City.

The goal meant little in terms of Arsenal's final position but it meant everything to lifelong fan Jenkinson, and he celebrated with gusto in front of the travelling supporters.

"It took a while but I got there in the end," Jenkinson told Arsenal Player after his 57th appearance for the club.

I've scored that goal 100 times in my back garden and celebrated like I'm celebrating in front of the fans

"Since I was a kid I've been an Arsenal fan, I've scored that goal 100 times in my back garden and celebrated like I'm celebrating in front of the fans. I've done it for real today and it was the best feeling in the world. I think you could tell by my celebration.

"I'm a defender so I'm not going to score too many goals and hopefully that will kick-start it now and I will get a few more."

Jenkinson could have got on the scoresheet in October 2012 when Theo Walcott was credited with a goal in the 7-5 League Cup win at Reading after the defender's follow-up found the net.

"To be honest I was half happy that goal wasn't given to me [at Reading] because it went in the back of the net and no-one knew whose goal it was," said Jenkinson. "There was no question with today's one and I could celebrate knowing it's my goal.

"I haven't checked [my messages] yet, I'm sure there will be one from my old man or one of my best mates. I think people around me know I've wanted to get on the scoresheet for a long time and it's fantastic and I'm over the moon."

Copyright 2014 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 Chris Harris 12 May 2014