As one of the six British players to sign a contract extension earlier on in the season, Carl Jenkinson believes a British Core will produce many long-term benefits for the Gunners. Carl has expressed his agreement with the boss about the importance of having British players as the central focal point of the team.
“I’ve seen what the boss has said himself [about a British core],” Carl told Arsenal.com.
“I think he said that signing young British players will [be beneficial because] they are more likely to be committed to the Club and stay at the Club for a long time. I think he’s right in that thinking.
“I think that there are good young players coming through at the moment. The boss has no commitment to sign players from anywhere.
“The boss just wants the best players for Arsenal Football Club. If he thought they were from elsewhere, I’m sure he would sign them. He obviously thinks that [by signing the British players up] we’re as good or better than any other options that he had. That can only be a good thing for us.
“From my point of view, I think it’s good to have an English core. We’re an English club and with English players and an English squad, the fans can relate to that. Arsenal Football Club are going to sign players that are the best and I don’t think it will really matter where they’re from.”