By Amir Mir
Carl Jenkinson made his first start for Arsenal after 898 days – and fans on Twitter were delighted to see him return.
The right-back played the full 90 minutes, as the Gunners ran out comfortable 2-0 against Reading to progress through to the quarter-final stage of the EFL Cup.
Jenkinson, who has been on loan at West Ham for the last two seasons, suffered a cruciate ligament injury in January, which kept him out of action for up to 10 months.
But the Arsenal faithful were glad to see him back in action, as they raved about his performance against the Championship outfit.
Fans expressed their surprise at how impressive the 24-year-old was during the victory, as he helped Arsene Wenger’s side keep a clean sheet.
Many supporters felt he did not look like a player who had been out of action for nearly a year, as they expressed their delight at his comeback.
Following his two-year loan spell with the Hammers, fans were also happy to see him back in an Arsenal shirt, as they appreciated his return.
Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:
Can we all just take a moment to appreciate the fact that Carl Jenkinson played football for Arsenal again last night.
— Andrew J. Clarke (@7MountService) October 26, 2016
Jenkinson was my man of match yesterday, as weary as he was, you could still see the desire and will he showed. Love that guy. #AFC
— Habeeb (@Habletic_Afc) October 26, 2016
Ox had a great game with two wonderful goals. Jeff, Holding and Jenkinson, all three were impressive yesterday.
Glad to qualify for the QF.
— Schrutir Jain (@Schrutir_Jain) October 26, 2016
Great displays from Oxlade-Chamberlain & Holding last night. Also thought Jenkinson looked terrific for someone who has been out for a year.
— Mahmoud Jaber (@MahmuudJaber) October 26, 2016
Glad To See Carl Jenkinson On The Field Of Play In Arsena's Colour.Hope To See More Of That Soon
— ADE OLA JAIYEOLA (@jayeboy2002) October 26, 2016
In other Arsenal team news, playmaker Mesut Ozil has sent this message to his Gunners teammate following the 2-0 victory over Reading.