Carl Jenkinson made his dream move to Emirates in 2011 and he became an instant fan favorite after his quotes about his family’s long standing Arsenal links. It is a shame the 22-year-old’s Gooner grandfather never saw him take the pitch in red and white, and it could be a shame his Arsenal career comes to an end this summer.
Despite some promising performances back in 2012/13, Bacary Sagna’s consistency made it difficult to get a look in last season. You could see how much his goal meant against Norwich late last term, the on-loan defender is clearly a passionate player and fan of a club he’s supported all his life. But it appears the Englishman is approaching a cross roads in his promising career.
Jenkinson’s loan to West Ham United has worked wonders. The England U21 regular has integrated well into Fat Sam’s lineup and become an integral cog of their stern defence this season and is even back on Roy Hodgson’s radar for the England national team for the first time since earning his one and only cap in 2012.
Allardyce is thought to be looking to make Jenkinson’s loan move permanent. Arsene Wenger has reportedly slapped a £12m price tag on the right back but still is keen to keep him at Arsenal. The worry for Arsenal is Jenkinson has had a taste of regular football and is naturally enjoying it.
He explained his reason for leaving the club last summer:
I didn’t want to have another season sitting on the bench.
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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.
Sentiments aside, Jenkinson is still a top defender who is improving. But Arsenal have Mathieu Debuchy as first choice with Calum Chambers and Hector Bellerin coming up behind. Chambers appears primed for a central role however so Wenger could look to bring Jenkinson back next season as Debuchy’s deputy and compete with Bellerin on the right.
Wenger obviously had enough faith in the Englishman to offer him a bumper six-year deal back in 2012, so why give up now when he’s starting to fulfill his potential?
The other side of the coin is Arsenal want Winston Reid. Perhaps Jenkinson could be used as a makeweight for the New Zealander? Wouldn’t be the worst idea Wenger’s come up with…
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