The term 'legend' is thrown around rather loosely these days. In fact the word legend is almost on a par with being as loose as Katie Price's muff.
Some footballers are given that accolade well before they deserve it. And some aren't even given the status when it's clear they should have it.
For example, was Cesc Fabregas a legend at Arsenal? In my opinion, no. Was he an icon? I think yes, but he certainly was not a legend.
I hear people all the time say that the Spaniard was a legend at Arsenal Football Club but I don't know why. I'm not having a dig. I love the man like he was my own brother.
Fabregas could have been one of the biggest legends in Arsenal history if he had stayed at the club.
He could have been up there with the likes of Bergkamp, Henry, Adams and the chef who worked at the Marriott Hotel, Canary Wharf, in 2006.
Instead Cesc left us and he now spends a lot of time plucking splinters out from his buttocks that have cruelly been inflicted from the Barcelona bench.
Nowadays at Arsenal we need a hero. Well, we have one I suppose in Jack Wilshere. But he can't carry all that hero status on his back. It'll weigh too much.
We need more heroes and one man who I think is fast developing into a fans favourite is Carl Jenkinson.
If a year ago I would told you that Jenko should be first choice over Bacary Sagna I would have been shipped off to the funny farm, given an umbrella, had my head shaved and told to beat up a car.
Well now that doesn't seem so doolally does it?
Jenkinson has easily become the most improved player at the club and when I see him wear the Arsenal shirt I feel prouder than the time I drank 22 bottles of Budweiser in Lloyds Bar, Bexleyheath.
I love the fact he is a Gooner living the dream. Playing for Arsenal. And I also love the fact that he is fast becoming one of the best right-backs in England.
When he first played for Arsenal I felt sorry for him. It was like he had been thrown in at the deep end without so much as a 10 metre swimming lesson in the shallow end.
Jenkinson looked well out of his depth. But he worked at it. And worked. And worked. And that work has paid off.
You just know that Carl Jenkinson would run through a brick-wall for Arsenal. He would put his head, legs and bollocks on the line for the club because he loves Arsenal. Like us.
I've always said don't judge players straight away. I went against my own advice because in Jenko's case I was concerned. But I shouldn't have been. He's a top player who will only get better.
I'm not going to say Carl Jenkinson is a legend. Although him telling that interviewer last night to pretty much f*ck off could give him a case to be called one!
What I will say is here we have a legend in the making. A Gooner, playing for the club, getting better all the time who will, and I say will, have a long career with Arsenal.
In ten years time we might be saying that Carl is an Arsenal legend. In fact I think we will be. And who would have thought that a year ago?
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