Carl Jenkinson says assembling a core of young, British players will have long-term benefits for Arsenal.
Jenkinson is one of six members of Arsenal’s squad from the UK to commit his future to the Club after signing a contract extension this season.
We’re an English club and with English players and an English squad, the fans can relate to thatCarl Jenkinson
Arsène Wenger has spoken about the importance of building a team around his British stars - a sentiment which Jenkinson agrees with.
“I’ve seen what the boss has said himself [about a British core],” the defender told Arsenal.com.
“I think he said that signing young British players will [be beneficial because] they are more likely to be committed to the Club and stay at the Club for a long time. I think he’s right in that thinking.
“I think that there are good young players coming through at the moment. The boss has no commitment to sign players from anywhere.
“The boss just wants the best players for Arsenal Football Club. If he thought they were from elsewhere, I’m sure he would sign them. He obviously thinks that [by signing the British players up] we’re as good or better than any other options that he had. That can only be a good thing for us.
“From my point of view, I think it’s good to have an English core. We’re an English club and with English players and an English squad, the fans can relate to that. Arsenal Football Club are going to sign players that are the best and I don’t think it will really matter where they’re from.”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 26 Feb 2013