All Arsenal fans were surprised when Arsene Wenger sent Carl Jenkinson out on loan to West Ham, despite the Gunners clearly being short of competition in the defence, but we were all even more surprised when the young Spaniard Hector Bellerin stepped up to the plate and excelled in his place.
The Arsenal captain Mikel Arteta had faith in the youngster and said after his opening games. “I think he’s a top player, hee’s going to be the right back of Arsenal for many years, in my opinion – providing he continues to progress in the way he has been doing.
“Mentally, he handles what is requested to play at the highest level. He’s got pace, technique and he’s a very positive guy.”
It looks like Arteta got that right, as it has now it has been revealed that Bellerin has been awarded a pay rise and a new extended contract to cement his position at he club. This means that Wenger will have some serious thinking to do at the end of the season. Matthieu Debuchy should return as first choice after his unlucky opening season for the Gunners and with Bellerin confirmed as first choice backup (and with Chambers waiting in the wings), where does this leave Jenkinson? Carl has been getting rave reviews over at the Hammers and I am certain they would like to sign him permanently, but as he is a lifelong Gooner I am also sure where he would rather be next season.
Would you keep him, sell him, or send him out on another years loan?