Carl Jenkinson spotted travelling with Arsenal squad to Portugal

Carl Jenkinson spotted travelling with Arsenal squad to Portugal

Arsenal will head to Portugal to face Sporting Lisbon on Thursday as they look to make it three wins from three in the Europa League.

Unai Emery’s side have been enjoying life under the Spaniard, having won their last ten matches across all competitions.

The Portuguese outfit are also unbeaten in the European tournament so far this season and will pose a significant challenge for the Gunners on Thursday night.

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The squad have already made their way to Lisbon, having flown out earlier on Wednesday, however, one man appears to have been included that would have caused some surprise.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang posted a photo of him and his team-mates on Twitter as they were sat on the plane and Carl Jenkinson can be spotted in the corner of the image.

The defender has not yet featured for Emery this season and appears to have become a player on the fringes at the Emirates Stadium in recent years.

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Jenkinson’s inclusion in the squad will have come as a surprise to many as he appears to have become a forgotten man at Arsenal.

The defender, who has not made an appearance for the club since the 2016/17 season, spent last year out on loan at Championship side Birmingham City, but also soon found himself out of favour at St. Andrews.

It remains to be seen if Jenkinson will be involved at all on Thursday, or if he has been brought along as cover for the first-team, should anything disastrous happen to Emery’s side between the game and now.

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