By Rob Kelly
Carl Jenkinson admits the reception the Arsenal players received on tour in Asia last summer “blew him away” - and he can’t wait to head back again this month.
The Gunners squad set off to the Far East in less than two weeks for matches, training sessions and events in Malaysia, China and Hong Kong.
And if last year’s experience is anything to go by, Jenkinson will enjoy every single minute of it.
“We’re all really looking forward to it,” he told Arsenal Player. “We enjoyed it last year and we're really looking forward to getting back out there and seeing our fans again.
“To see [the supporters being] so passionate and to see their love for the Club and the players was amazing. I can't say expected it to be like that - it really blew me away.
“We don't get the opportunity to see them very often and to see the love and the passion they have for the Club was really refreshing. It gives everyone a boost at the start of the season.”
It was something of a whirlwind experience for Jenkinson last summer, as within weeks of joining Arsenal he was whisked off to the other side of the world on tour.
“It was an amazing start for me,” he said. “It made me realise that I was at a club like Arsenal now and to go to such a fantastic place and play football was a real privilege.
“There was a lot going on and it was all new to me, but maybe it was a good thing to be away with the squad for that period of time.
“It was probably the ideal start for me to be away with the boys. We’re all together the whole time on tour so that was good for me and it was nice to get to know the lads really well from the off.”
Watch the full interview with Carl on Arsenal Player.
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