Carl Jenkinson proud of Arsenal's British core

Carl Jenkinson, Steven Gerrard
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Arsenal defender Carl Jenkinson insists that the club's commitment to young British talent is something for supporters to be excited about.

Arsenal defender Carl Jenkinson has declared that the club should be proud of building a new team around a core of exciting British talent.

The 20-year-old was one of five homegrown youngsters to commit their long-term futures to the Gunners in December.

Theo Walcott eventually joined Jack Wilshere, Kieran Gibbs, Aaron Ramsey and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in signing a new deal at the Emirates last month.

Jenkinson has admitted that the feeling of being part of a group of exciting young players in North London made signing his contract more special.

He told the club's official website: "In all honesty, to look down the table at the sort of players who are signing with me shows the direction this club is moving in, we are going forwards.

"To have players like Aaron, Jack, Kieran and Alex with me, they are all top-class players and still young.

"I think it is fantastic we have all signed, hopefully we all have big futures and more importantly can bring success to the club. That has to be our aim."

Jenkinson has made 16 appearances for Arsene Wenger's side this season and also earned his first England cap against Sweden last November.

Jack Wilshere congratulates Theo Walcott after scoring against Chelsea on January 20, 2013
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