Arsenal defender Carl Jenkinson has joined West Ham United on loan for another season after agreeing a new long-term contract, the club has confirmed (via Arsenal.com).
Jenkinson impressed under Sam Allardyce last term at Upton Park, cementing himself as West Ham’s first choice right-back while putting in some adventurous performances.
His new contract is also a massive vote of confidence from Arsene Wenger, who clearly believes that the 23-year-old still has what it takes to succeed as an Arsenal player in the future.
Following the arrival of Mathieu Debuchy and Calum Chambers last summer, it seemed as though the boss was planning for life without Jenkinson.
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However, a number of factors have since changed during the past 12 months, and the former Charlton academy star has been given a clear path to our first team.
Chambers, after being thrown into the deep end, has shown that he can be a wonderful central defender in the future, and is set to compete with Gabriel for the right to become Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker’s understudy.
Also, with the rise of Hector Bellerin, the future of Debuchy is in doubt after a campaign completely destroyed by injuries. The Frenchman turns 30 this year and could potentially be displaced by Jenkinson next summer.
As he’s a huge Arsenal fan, we definitely wish Jenkinson well for the upcoming campaign and hope that he can gain the experience to benefit us in the future.