Carl Jenkinson is a lifelong Arsenal fan and must have been over the moon to sign a long term contract with the Gunners recently. His performances earlier in the season, before Bacary Sagna recovered from his injury lay off from a broken leg, gained plaudits from Arsenal fans and football journalists alike. It is hardly a shock, then, that Arsene Wenger is reluctant to grant a request from Crystal Palace to take the 20-year old right back on loan for the rest of the season.
It is unlucky for Jenkinson that he has not been getting any football recently, although he did play the full 90 minutes for the under-21s yesterday. The elite league of the reserve competition is now underway but it is not the same as proper competitive football. Wenger knows that regular football would be beneficial for his development.
The way Bacary Sagna has been playing recently (badly) may mean that Jenkinson could soon be getting some first team action for the Gunners. Hopefully the French international will pick his form up soon, as he used to be regarded as one of the best right backs in Europe. There is still the issue of whether Sagna will agree to extend his current contract which has less than two years left to run, so maybe that is affecting him.
However, if we could recall Jenkinson if needed, it might be worthwhile letting him play for Palace. It would not hurt our attempts to sign their 20-year old star Wilfried Zaha if we were to help them out with this little favour.