Arsene Wenger has told Arsenal's fans to be patient with Carl Jenkinson

Published 01/12/16 

Arsene Wenger has told Arsenal fans not to expect too much from Carl Jenkinson too soon.

The right-back recently made his return to action from a serious knee injury after his loan spell at West Ham United was cut short last season.

Jenkinson was restored to the Gunners’ starting line-up when Arsenal played PSG in the Champions League last month after Hector Bellerin was ruled out of action for a number of weeks with an ankle injury.

The Englishman is slowly working his way back towards full fitness as he bids to add fresh competition at full-back for Wenger’s squad.

However, the Arsenal boss has warned fans against expecting too much from Jenkinson too soon following his lengthy lay-off.

Speaking in an interview with Arsenal’s media team before Wednesday’s EFL Cup clash with Southampton, Wenger said: “You forget that it’s a big ask. Carl is very conscientious and it takes him time to play completely with freedom.

“He needs a run of games to play with freedom, so the fact that he can get another game against Southampton, I think we’ll already see a different Carl.”

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