Arsenal just signed 19-year-old defender Carl Jenkinson last month and in just his third appearance for the club, he already has a memory with the club that he would like to forget. Just before halftime in a friendly against Cologne, Jenkinson attempted to clear a long Cologne pass from the halfway line over his own goal. Instead, his looping volley went over the head of Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny but under the crossbar to put Cologne on the scoreboard. Jenkinson was understandably upset over it, but it was just a friendly and Arsenal went on to win 2-1, so aside from a little confidence lost it really didn't matter much.
As 101 Great Goals points out, this wasn't even the prettiest own goal scored by an Arsenal player. That distinction remains with club legend Lee Dixon, who had a bit more time on the ball before putting his rainbow show into his own goal against Coventry in 1991. Have a look...
So don't feel too bad about this, Carl. There's worse company to be in than Lee Dixon's.
- Wojciech Szczesny