By Joe Brewin

Carl Jenkinson admits last weekend’s North London derby win over Tottenham was one he will never forget.

The boyhood fan returned to the first team after four months on the sidelines as a second-half substitute in the 5-2 victory at Emirates Stadium.

And Jenkinson says the result was all the sweeter thanks to his long-standing emotional ties. 

“It's strange because I am still a fan at the end of the day, I've got that in me,” he told Arsenal Player. “I am going mad when I watch things happening on the pitch, I am celebrating goals and I still feel like a fan.

“Sometimes I forget I am a player too [while I’m watching] but it was just good to get on for the last 15 minutes and put the last four months behind me, which have been hard work. I am just glad I came back in such a big game and got those minutes under my belt.

“It was all a bit surreal. It was just fantastic to be a part of history like that and it is my first North London derby where we have come out on top. We did it emphatically as well.

“I have watched many as a fan but now to be participating out there as a player on the pitch is just an absolute honour to be honest. It's something that I won't be forgetting for the rest of my life. It was fantastic.

“I always had the feeling that we could get back into the game even at 2-0 down against a good side like Spurs. I know it is easy to say that now but I really did. 

“I suppose that was a credit to the way we were playing - we were doing well and we didn't deserve to be 2-0 down.”

Jenkinson looks set to be involved in Saturday’s trip to Liverpool, where Arsenal will attempt to record their fourth straight Premier League victory.

“As you can probably guess, everybody is on a high,” he said. “That result is similar, I'd say maybe even better, than the Chelsea result and that has just given everyone a lift.

“Everyone is on a high and we just need to take that into the weekend and use that to go up there [to Liverpool] and get a result.”

Watch the full interview with Carl on Arsenal Player.

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2 Mar 2012