A report from the Express suggests Arsene Wenger is set to veto Carl Jenkinson’s proposed loan move to West Ham this season, with the Frenchman wanting to keep the young right-back at the club.
They seem to be grounding the story on very little however, and have read into one of Wenger’s quotes far too much.
The manager is quoted as saying he doesn’t want to lose the young Englishman, but it seems as though he is talking about long-term rather than in the immediate future.
“I don’t want to lose Carl Jenkinson, that’s why I extended his contract,” Wenger said, as quoted by the Express.
The 23-year-old needs to continue his development, and a consecutive season on loan at West Ham seems like the best way to do that. With the emergence of Hector Bellerin last season, Jenkinson is unlikely to see much first-team football if he remains at the Emirates.
Add Mathieu Debuchy into the mix and the former Charlton Athletic star may not even make the bench for the majority of the season.
There seems to be little foundation for this story from the Express, and it would be a big surprise to see Jenkinson remain at the club this season.