The three lions may have suffered another disappointing flop in a major tournament this summer, but that should not take away any of the credit earned by the young Arsenal right back Carl Jenkinson. The 23-year old was just about the only one of Gareth Southgate’s England under 21 squad that came away from the Euro tournament with the ability to hold his head high and according to a Daily Mail report, he is now set to sign a new Arsenal contract.
Whether this decision by Arsene Wenger was affected by Jenkinson’s England performances is unclear, but they cannot have done him any harm. Perhaps the boss had already decided to give the boyhood Gooner a new deal after he impressed in the Premier League for West Ham last season, but the paper claims that not only is he getting an extension, but a nice pay rise on his current salary of £35,000 a week as well.
However, this does not mean that Jenkinson will be playing for the Gunners this season, as he is still set to be loaned out to a Premier League club for the coming campaign. Is this really a good idea for Arsenal, seeing as we already have three more right backs on the books with Debuchy, Bellerin and Chambers?