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Arsenal right-back Carl Jenkinson has ruled out a loan move this summer as he believes he can step up to replace Bacary Sagna.
Sagna is set to leave the Emirates this summer as a free agent, with manager Arsene Wenger yet to replace him. The Frenchman will still be hoping Sagna can stay, but he does have Jenkinson waiting in the wings for his opportunity.
Jenkinson joined the Gunners in 2011, but since his move he has played a bit-part role as a squad member. Reports in the English press suggested he may move on loan for some first-team experience, but Jenkinson insists he is ready to star for Arsenal.
He told the Evening Standard: “I feel I am ready for it. It is never going to be easy to nail down that spot, but I believe in myself and I believe in my ability.
“I want that position to be mine for years to come. Of course I have got a long way to go, because this is a club who look for the best players in the world.
“If I am going to hold down the position for as long as I want to, I have got a lot of hard work on my hands. But I believe in myself.
“As far as I am concerned, you will have to drag me out of this club before I leave. I will work my socks off and hopefully next season can be a big one for me.
“If I have a good pre-season, work my way into the team and get a good run of games, there will be no holding me back.”