By Rob Kelly

Carl Jenkinson has turned to Per Mertesacker and Robin van Persie for advice since his move to Arsenal.

The 20-year-old has made a rapid rise from playing on loan at non-league Eastbourne Borough in 2010 to now featuring in Premier League and Champions League clashes.

Jenkinson has looked at home at the very highest level but says that if he needs any hints and tips, he knows exactly who to turn to.

“With Robin being the skipper, if you have any problems or just need some advice then he is one of the first people I would go to,” he told

“He is the perfect captain. He is approachable - which is very important - and he is open to opinions. He also leads by example on the pitch.

“If you are the captain of a club, you need to lead the way and show the way forward to everyone to follow. He definitely does that.

“I am also quite close with Per [Mertesacker] - he is a defender and has been around the game a long time and has a lot of experience, so he often gives me little tips here and there.

“I know I can always go to him if I need to talk about something.”

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17 Mar 2012