By Dominic Toner
Arsenal great Thierry Henry has backed Carl Jenkinson to prove himself against Manchester United.
The 24-year-old has been named in Arsene Wenger’s starting XI against Manchester United for the Premier League clash at Old Trafford.
Arsenal’s first-choice right-back Hector Bellerin has been ruled out for a month with an ankle injury and it has forced Wenger into making a change.
The Gunners confirmed their line-up on their official Twitter account.
Jenkinson has made just two senior appearances this season and will be looking to keep United winger Anthony Martial quiet.
Henry claims that the defender does have experience and expects him to rise to the challenge for the Premier League encounter.
“Jenkinson played here before with West Ham, he played here with Arsenal,” Henry said on Sky Sports’ coverage of Manchester United v Arsenal. “He is not a new guy on the block
“He know what is at stake, people are going to ask him questions, but he knows what today is all about.”
Jenkisnon has failed to establish himself as an Arsenal regular after moving to the club in 2011.
The defender has spent the last two seasons on loan at West Ham and delivered some impressive displays.
He has been given a huge opportunity in the absence of Bellerin and will look to stake a place for a regular spot.
Jenkinson has made 59 senior appearances for the Gunners during his time at the Emirates and Wenger has shown faith in the right-back to play him against Jose Mourinho’s United.
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