Arsenal right back Carl Jenkinson may be on his way to Hull City for the campaign, with the Tigers manager Steve Bruce confirming he has held talks with the Gunners over a potential move for the 22-year-old.
Any potential deal, whether it be loan or permanent, has been put on ice until the Gunners secure another defender. Reports are suggesting Wenger has made a serious bid for Southampton’s Calum Chambers, with Jenkinson likely to head elsewhere for the upcoming season to gain valuable first team experience.
Hull City boss Steve Bruce has already expressed an interest in signing Jenkinson, and revealed he recently held talks with Arsenal. It seems a deal could well be on, but much will depend on another player coming in to north London.
I had a conversation with Arsenal about four or five weeks ago to see if it was possible. And apparantly so, it might be.
We’ll look at that situation but we haven’t had confirmation from Arsenal. I would hate to speak out of turn but we are led to believe the kid might be available – and if he is, then of course we would be interested.
While the media have hyped up a permanent departure, it’s very unlikely Wenger will be giving up on Jenkinson just yet. He’s been superb when filling in for Sagna, but has struggled to really push on over the past season due to his lack of regular action.
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Signing Chambers certainly is not replacing Jenkinson, but providing cover for Mathieu Debuchy and giving the 19-year-old Southampton defender a chance to develop within this Arsenal side. Wenger may have plans for the England youth international to become a centre back or defensive midfielder for us over the next few seasons. He’s a very versatile player.
If Jenkinson is offered the chance for a loan switch to Hull it will provide an excellent chance to grow as a player with regular Premier League experience. He has a big future in north London and a temporary spell away will do him a world of good.
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