By Amir Mir
Carl Jenkinson thanked Arsenal fans on Twitter for their reception after he made his first appearance for the club after 898 days.
The right-back played the full 90 minutes, as the Gunners secured a comfortable 2-0 win against Reading to progress through to the quarter-finals of the EFL Cup on Tuesday night.
Jenkinson has been out on loan with Premier League rivals West Ham for the last two campaigns, before he suffered a cruciate ligament injury in January.
As a result he was forced out of action for up to nine months, before returning against Reading, where he didn’t look out of place during an impressive display.
The one-cap England international expressed his joy after finally putting on the Arsenal shirt for the first time since the last day of the 2013/14 Premier League season.
Jenkinson made 59 appearances for the Hammers during his two season stint at the then-Boleyn ground, scoring two goals and providing the same number of assists.
Additionally, he has played on 58 occasions for Arsene Wenger’s side, supplying five assists and scoring one goal.
Jenkinson will now have to battle with first-team regular and rising star Hector Bellerin for a starting spot.
Wenger’s side travel to rock bottom Sunderland on Saturday afternoon, looking to stretch their 13 match unbeaten run.
In other Arsenal team news, playmaker Mesut Ozil sends this message on Twitter to his teammate following the 2-0 win over Reading.