Arsenal defender Carl Jenkinson says he is ‘over the moon’ with his new contract, which he believes is a sign of commitment from the club.
Jenkinson joined Jack Wilshere, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Kieran Gibbs and Aaron Ramsey as one of five British players to sign long-term deals with Arsenal.
And the full-back admits he sees a bright future at the Emirates Stadium, suggesting the deal proves the club have faith in him.
“Obviously I’m over the moon – really happy,” he told the Arsenal website. “I see my future at this football club and I’m delighted they see things the same way.
“Signing the contract shows commitment from me, which Arsenal can always count on, but it’s a big commitment from them as well.
“People here clearly have belief in me, and now I have to make sure I prove them right.”
Jenkinson also spoke of his pride at the progress he has made since joining from Charlton Athletic, but acknowledges he still has a lot of developing to do.
“I’m obviously really pleased with my progress over the past 18 months,” he said.
“Of course there have been some challenging times along the way, and I’ve had to work really hard, but I’m pleased with where I am now and I’m so happy with the new contract.
“Now I just need to take every day as it comes, working and training hard.”