Carl Jenkinson is an Arsenal fan, you could see the genuine despair on his face yesterday when Mikel Arteta’s penalty was saved by Fulham keeper Mark Schwarzer, denying Arsenal all three points in a topsy turvy game. He comes from a family of Gooners, so they will be delighted when he signs a new deal with Arsenal in the next week or two.
It will be the latest high in a season which is going well for the young right back, if not for the club. The injury to Bacary Sagna gave Jenkinson an extended run in the first team, and he has now proved to Wenger and the fans that he is up to the task. So much so, that he has earned his first call up to the England national squad. There is a good chance that he will make his first appearance on Wednesday in the friendly against Sweden.
Former Arsenal right back Lee Dixon and current first choice Bacary Sagna have been full of praise for Jenkinson, and have backed him to have a great future. According to the Mirror, Arsenal have the contract ready to make sure that his future is at Arsenal, with a new salary of £30,000 per week.
Now all we need to do is get Sagna and Walcott to sign a new contract. Theo will probably not travel with the England squad this week, due to a pain in the arse (not the proper medical term) and Arsenal are ready to sit down with the winger/striker and resolve the issues over his new contract.
Sagna is the next priority, contract wise. Arsenal do not want players getting in to the last two years of their deals, and the Frenchman’s runs out at the end of next season. Sagna wants a pay rise from his current £60,000 a week, apparently, and Inter Milan are taking a keen interest in the outcome. The Italians have been keen on him for years, and are hoping that Arsenal fail to tie him down.