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Carl Jenkinson, Nico Yennaris, Ignasi Miquel, Sebastien Squillaci, Daniel Boateng – Season Reviews

Carl Jenkinson

Position : Right Back

Nation : England

2011/2012 Appearances : 14 (5 as sub)

A surprise signing, from League One side Charlton for £1 million, Carl Jenkinson is Arsenal through and through. He made his debut in the Champions League qualifer first leg against Udinese, replacing Johan Djourou in the 55th minute, and played a mature game. As injuries mounted with both Djourou and Gibbs, he started in the home game against Liverpool, where despite the best efforts of a makeshift defence, Liverpool won 2-0. He had another good game against Udinese in the second leg. Jenkinson received a second yellow card in the 76th minute when he fouled Javier Hernandez. He had earlier assisted van Persie, as the Gunners were hammered 8-2. His next game would be the 3-1 win over Shrewsbury in the Carling Cup, where he assisted Kieran Gibbs for his equalizing header. Sagna injured himself in the North London derby, and Jenkinson replaced him in the 68th minute, and failed to keep up with the pacy Gareth Bale. He would go on to start against Sunderland and Marseille, where he was replaced by Djourou, in the 62nd minute. After missing the game against Stoke, he came on in the 75th minute in the 5-3 win over Chelsea, and played the full 90 minutes at home against Marseille and West Brom. His performance against West Brom was impressive, where he marked Jerome Thomas out of the game. He suffered a stress fracture in his back, and wouldn’t play for 3 months. He returned as a late sub in the 5-2 in over Sp*rs. He came on as a late sub against Wolves, and started in the final game against West Brom, where he was given a hard time by Marc Antoine-Fortune.

SUMMARY AND RATING

Carl Jenkinson is only 20, and has time on his side. With the right attention to his game, he can be a regular for the club. He gets a 7.

Nico Yennaris

Position : Right-Back

Nation : England

2011/2012 Appearances : 3 (2 as sub)

Hailing from Arsenal’s youth academy, and born to a Greek Cypriot father and Chinese mother, Yennaris is one of the bright young talents at the club. He has made 3 appearances this season, starting in the 2-1 win over Bolton in the Carling Cup, as a sub against Leeds, and most notably, as a sub against Manchester United, where he replaced the poor Johan Djourou. He was very impressive as he kept Nani and Giggs quiet for large periods.

NO RATING

Ignasi Miquel

Position : Centre-Back

Nation : Spain

2011/2012 Appearances : 9 (4 as sub)

Still only 19, Miquel is already recognized as a budding youngster in Spain’s junior teams. He came on as a sub for Laurent Koscielny against Liverpool, in the 15th minute, where he was largely impressive, but it was his clearance that deflected off Aaron Ramsey for an own goal. He played all 3 games in the League Cup, against Shrewsbury, Bolton and Manchester City. He played well against a talented City side, and displayed immense maturity, though the Gunners lost 1-0. He replaced Andre Santos as left back in the Champions League tie with Olympiakos, where Arsenal lost 3-1. He continued at left-back in the 1-0 win over Leeds in the FA Cup, and the 3-2 loss to Swansea in the league

SUMMARY AND RATING

Miquel has a bright future ahead of him, and his versatility can prove to be useful. He gets a 7.

Sebastien Squillaci

Position : Centre-Back

Nation : France

2011/2012 Appearances : 6

With the arrival of Per Mertesacker, French defender Sebastien Squillaci has found his first team chances limited. He played his first game of the season in a 2-1 win over Bolton, partnering Thomas Vermaelen at the back. He put in a decent display in the 1-0 exit from the Carling Cup against Manchester City, but was poor in a 3-1 loss to Olympiakos in the Champions League. He came on as a late sub, after Djourou’s red card, against Fulham, and his header fell to Zamora, who scored the winner, in the 92nd minute. He would go on to play the full 90 minutes against Leeds, and his miserable season ended when he came on as a sub against Sunderland, and had a torrid time, and himself was substituted in the 52nd minute.

SUMMARY AND RATING

Should be sold at the first opportunity. He gets a 5.

Daniel Jesse Boateng

Position : Defender

Nation : England

2011/2012 Appearances : 1 (1 as sub)

He came on as a 84th minute sub for Thomas Vermaelen in the 2-1 Carling Cup win over Bolton.

NO RATING

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