Arsenal FC defender Carl Jenkinson has joined West Ham United on loan as he looks to gain regular first football and experience under Sam Allardyce.
Carl Jenkinson’s future was under speculation following the arrival of Mathieu Debuchy and Calum Chambers to the Emirates this summer. Initial reports suggested that the right back is likely to be sold with Hull City interested in signing him, but Jenkinson has now been loaned out to West Ham United, where he would hope to gain regular first team action.
Carl Jenkinson joined Arsenal in 2011 after coming through the ranks at Charlton Athletic. Jenkinson, who has been a fan of this club since childhood, made limited first team appearances as he was an understudy to Bacary Sagna. But following Sagna’s departure to Manchester City, Arsenal have signed Mathieu Debuchy from Newcastle United as his replacement, followed by the signing of Calum Chambers from Southampton.
These arrivals put question marks over Jenkinson’s future at the club and initial reports suggested that Arsenal could be willing to sell him. But the Gunners turned down a bid from Hull City as Arsene Wenger was keen to retain him and send him out on loan for him to gain regular first team action, which will be hard for him to come by this season at the Emirates.
A host of clubs are believed to be interested in signing Jenkinson on loan. West Ham United, Swansea City and Sunderland were monitoring his situation at the Emirates, but it is the Hammers who have won this race as the 22-year-old was revealed at Upton Park.
Jenkinson has expressed his delight to have completed this move and insisted that he always preferred West Ham over other clubs when the offers arrived.
“I’m clearly seen as a big part of things here and hopefully I can prove my worth here because it is an important year for me.
“I was flattered to have a lot of options but, deep down, if I was being honest with myself West Ham was always the place I wanted to go to.
“It’s one of them where I wanted to do the right professional thing and consider all the options, but in the back of my mind it was always West Ham and I’m just so glad it’s all worked out how I wanted it to in the end.
“It will be brilliant to play here. I’ve got a lot of friends who are West Ham fans and I know how good the supporters are here.
“I’ve played here a couple of times so I know exactly what it is all about, so it’s going to be fantastic to be a part of that,
to be honest. You get a great atmosphere here and the fans are great, so I just can’t wait to get a West Ham shirt on and get on the pitch and play. This is an exciting time for me, it really is.
“There is an English group of lads here, which is always great for an English lad, and the players who have been brought in are top-drawer, so there is every reason to be optimistic about this season. That was a big reason I signed here.” – Jenkinson said.