Jenkinson braced for 'hugely important' spell
Arsenal are embarking on a "hugely important" run of games in their Champions League qualification bid, according to Carl Jenkinson.
Mesut Ozil and Henrikh Mkhitaryan shone for the hosts as the Gunners eased to a 5-1 victory over Bournemouth on Wednesday night to retain their place in the top four.
The pair both got on the scoresheet, with Lys Mousset pulling a goal back for Bournemouth only for Laurent Koscielny, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette to strike in the second half.
Jenkinson also had a good evening, making his first Premier League start for Arsenal start in over two years.
The 27-year-old was last named in a league starting line-up to face Manchester United on November 19, 2016 - 830 days before returning to the side under Unai Emery.
But, having been in and around the club since joining from Charlton in 2011, Jenkinson knows how important the next couple of months can be in defining a season - especially with their next two league fixtures coming against Tottenham and United.
"It's hugely important," he said of the upcoming run. "Towards the end of the season is a very critical time because the competitions are coming to an end and it's about being consistent to get the results.
"I think we're doing that really well at the minute but we've got some big games coming up. It's a very important time for us but as players, we all know that. Our focus is on doing a good job and doing what we need to do.
"I think it's a very easy thing to say but we're looking at one game at a time. That's the way we've got to look at things and it's the way the manager looks at things."
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