By Amir Mir

Carl Jenkinson has revealed he is back in training as he enters the final stage of his recovery from a cruciate ligament injury.

The Arsenal right-back injured his left knee in January last season while on-loan at West Ham and has revealed he is now beginning training.

The 24-year-old will be hoping to push Hector Bellerin for a first-team place later this campaign, following his two season loan spell at the Hammers.

Jenkinson revealed his joy at returning to training and gave an insight into what he has missed since his long-term injury layoff.

“The recovery is going well, it’s just lovely to be back out there playing and training,” Jenkinson told the official Arsenal website. “Matchdays I miss a lot. I have missed them a lot because it’s a sort of buzz and excitement that you can’t replicate in anything else in life really.

“The build-up to a game, the pre-match and just the general vibe in the changing room as you’re building up to a game, that’s something that you can’t replicate in everyday life in anything else.”
England international Jenkinson made 59 appearances in two seasons for West Ham scoring two goals and providing two assists.
He made 20 Premier League appearances for Slaven Bilic’s side last term, as they recorded a top seven finish in the league.
Jenkinson will now have to fight for a first-team spot, with Spaniard Bellerin, who has been a central figure for Arsene Wenger making 82 appearances in all competitions since his debut in 2013.