Carl Jenkinson enjoyed a fantastic last season on loan with West Ham, and looks like he may well spend another season away from the Emirates, according to ESPN. The same report suggests we are looking to extend his contract before letting him leave however, with Arsene Wenger clearly seeing Jenkinson in his long-term plans.
ESPN claim the 23-year-old is on the verge of a move away, with Sunderland and West Ham both keen to bring him in for the season. Arsene Wenger is hoping to extend his contract first however, and will look to do so before Jenkinson is allowed to leave.
Jenkinson has come on leaps and bounds since his Arsenal arrival, and was superb for the Hammers last season. Continued first-team football may well prove important in his development, so it seems like another loan would be best for all parties.
He would more than likely struggle to see action if he returned to the Emirates this coming season, with Hector Bellerin and Mathieu Debuchy presumably still ahead of him in the pecking order.
Arsene Wenger clearly believes Jenkinson has a future at the club though, and ESPN claim he is keen to extend the full-back’s current contract – which runs until 2018 – before any deal is done.
Bellerin is already looking like our future long-term right-back, but once Debuchy moves on it would be great to see Jenkinson challenging the Spaniard for a starting spot.