Martin Keown thinks Carl Jenkinson “needs  to believe in himself” against Man Utd


Martin Keown has called on Carl Jenkinson to show belief in his own ability when Arsenal take on Manchester United on Saturday, saying the right-back has the potential to “boss” the game.

With Hector Bellerin ruled out for a number of weeks with injury Jenkinson is expected to fill in at right-back and will play his first Premier League match for the Gunners this weekend since May 11 2014.

 The 24-year-old has enjoyed two spells on loan with West Ham since that game but while the first was a success the temporary deal last season saw Jenkinson perform woefully, before his season ended prematurely due to injury.

Jenkinson is now set to come up against a number of the Premier League’s most dangerous players for United on Saturday and Keown has told the defender that this match is a chance to show how far he’s progressed.

And the Arsenal legend wants to see Jenkinson show he believes in his own ability and can achieve his full potential.

Keown told the Daily Mail: “Carl Jenkinson needs to believe in himself when he goes out on the pitch. Sometimes, you can see from his body language that he is almost apologising for being out there.

“I thought he played better on loan at West Ham than he had done at Arsenal and Arsene Wenger will have seen that. He is a big fan of Carl and, with Hector Bellerin injured, the biggest vote of confidence Wenger can give Jenkinson is to play him on Saturday.

“He was sent off in the 8-2 defeat in 2011 but this is a chance for Jenkinson to show how far he has come. He needs to go out there and boss it.”

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