Thursday, 14 March 2013

A Legend In The Making At Arsenal?

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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Keep It Goonerish........ 

39 comments:

Anonymous said...

you are a dreamer, niether Jack or Jenkinsen are not even good players yet, and you are talking about legend. Legends are the likes of Bergkamp and Henry. Farbergas was an average player when he was at Arsenal but he left the team when he matured and gets wiser. Wilshire has a potential to become one but all this hoopla of making him something he is not may get to his head and spoil him.

Anonymous said...

Bexleyheath haha, I feel the same I feel proud to call him an arsenal player even if he's not the greatest player at the moment. He's not a player you feel will develop into a top player and then leave when barca come knocking.

steve said...

if THE ARSENAL had a few more like Jenko you would go home after every game and not be short changed
i think 99% of us want to see people you can't wait to get the shirt on

GoonerDave66 said...

Brilliant Darren. I feel the same. Was not convinced at beginning and delighted to be totally bloody wrong. It means so much more to see Gooners winning in the red and white. It is why the 87-91 era so special. A winning team sprinkled liberally with homegrowns

Neil B said...

I didn't rate him one bit last season but he has been brilliant when he has come in this season and should only get better. BUT, he is not better than Sagna in my opionion. I know Bac hasn't had the best season but what arsenal defender has and previously he has been by far our best defender. l also think we miss a trick by selling our first choice players everytime a youngster comes through and breaks into the team, man u have proved keeping some of the experienced players about is invaluable, therefore id give Sagna a new deal and have Jenko wait a little longer.

Neil Neil

Anonymous said...

The first time i saw Jenks play i believed he had the ability to be a top player. I'm sure he will get there.

Anonymous said...

Nice article Wrighty. Good to hear some positivity from the Arsenal blogs for a change

Anonymous said...

With Sagna rumored to be leaving Jenko could be a great. With him and Jacky boy developing well and the likes of Rambo and the Ox showing great potential the future could be bright. That is unless Arsene goes and bollocks it up.

Anonymous said...

This article seems to be written to demonstrate you are a moron. On the one hand you chastise fans who talked up Fabregas after several good seasons at the club, on the other, you suggest a player you had not long ago written off has become the "most improved player" and a legend in the making after a handful of good games. He is neither, just a promising youngster who may develop into a good player.

No doubt you also write/wrote off the likes of Ramsey, who will at some point have a good game or two and you, from which point you will be describing him as a world beater.

To build up a player for no good reason is no better than knocking them down, as one will inevitably follow the other.

Anonymous said...

Absolutely agree with you. He impresses me every time he plays. He is now much more dependable than Sagna, although I have to said I loved Sagna. But I would much prefer to have Jenk & Gibbsy as our 1st choice wing backs. They would burst a gut for the team and they have fire and never say die attitude. Don't think you can say that about most of our players. That is the Arsenal spirit. If the whole team play like them, I wouldn't be so upset even if we loose.

Anonymous said...

Jenkinson is looking good and if he keeps developing like he has been over the last year...............

HE WILL BE A LEGEND!

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