Lifelong Gooner Carl Jenkinson has been fantastic at West Ham this season, so much so that Sam Allardyce is looking to make his loan move a permanent one, according to the Daily Mail.
Despite Arsene Wenger allowing the 22-year-old to head out on loan this season, he would clearly prefer to keep him at the club. The Frenchman has slapped a £12m price tag on the young defender’s head, and it seems he still has plans for Jenkinson at Arsenal.
He is clearly desperate to find regular first team football, something he is unlikely to find on his return to the Emirates. He has a promising future though, and could still turn out to be a fantastic right-back.
“I didn’t want to have another season sitting on the bench,” he said.
“It was starting to drive me up the wall a little bit, I wanted to get out and play football, and I’ve realised that I’m happiest when I’m playing regular football.”
It’s improbable that the Hammers will meet Wenger’s valuation of Jenkinson, and it doesn’t seem likely that he will be on his way out of the club permanently this January. With our heavy links to Winston Reid as of late however, it might be sensible to involve the England Under-21 international in some form of swap deal.
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It would be a shame to see such a die hard Arsenal fan leave the club, but if we can’t offer him regular football then it would be unfair to let him waste away on the bench.