Carl Jenkinson has enjoyed a superb season on loan at West Ham, and may be set for another year away from the Emirates in 2015/16, according to the Daily Mail.
The 23-year-old was a solid deputy to Bacary Sagna, but didn’t look ready to take the mantle of first-choice. It was still somewhat of a surprise that Arsene Wenger sent him out on loan this season however, as despite signing Mathieu Debuchy and Calum Chambers, we weren’t necessarily well stocked defensively.
Debuchy looks to be a solid replacement for Sagna, but has unfortunately spent most of the season on the sidelines with injury (via the Daily Mail). Chambers has (also unfortunately) shown that he has no future as a right-back, as he is clearly better suited to a central role. We may have been left regretting letting Jenkinson go, but thankfully this season saw the emergence of Hector Bellerin, who has been an absolute revelation since breaking onto the scene.
If we were to bring Jenkinson back to the club next season, he would presumably be third choice behind Bellerin and Debuchy. This is not only likely to be unacceptable for the young Englishman, but would also stunt his growth as a player.
Debuchy will be 30-years-old next season, and won’t necessarily be at Arsenal for years to come. Bellerin is young and hugely talented however, and has the potential to be our right-back for a long, long time. It would be a shame to see Jenkinson leave the club, so a loan deal seems like it would suit all parties. He could potentially make it at Arsenal some day, so we shouldn’t write him off just yet.