West Ham turn their attention to Jenkinson?
Arsenal’s Carl Jenkinson isn’t exactly a much loved figure around the Emirates at the moment. The right back had a very poor few appearances for the Gunners during Bellerin’s time out with an injury, so much so that an out-of-position Gabriel stepped in at right back to cover for the Spaniard instead of Jenko!
Jenkinson was highly regarded to be a very good piece of business by Arsene Wenger when he snapped the player up from Charlton for a measly sum of £1 million in today’s transfer market. The player was full of promise and many believed at the time that he had the potential to be Arsenal’s first choice right back for many years after Bacary Sagna’s era was over. But then Hector Bellerin rose to prominence and Jenkinson dropped down the pecking order before eventually securing a season long loan to West Ham.
Jenkinson spent two seasons with the Hammers, before an injury cut the defenders time short in East London. He returned to Arsenal for treatment on the injury, before it was decided that he’d then remain with the Gunners for the duration of this season. However on the back of those few dodgy displays, it seems that Arsene Wenger is once again considering a loan move for Jenkinson and apparently former side West Ham United are interested in acquiring his services once again.
West Ham are reportedly looking to make big changes to their squad in January, with a mass clear out expected given their poor start to the season. It is anticipated that one player they may be considering is Jenkinson given the player’s experience with the club already. It is believed that West Ham may have already contacted Arsenal about the move, after it came to light that the Hammers may have already spoken to a number of Premier League clubs about loaning players to them in January.
Although I think it may be a risky move for Wenger to let one of the squad players go in January without lining up a replacement, it is after all a player who hasn’t proven effective in the team so far this season. Admittedly he hasn’t had a lot of opportunities, but a few consecutive games last month showed that he doesn’t seem to be at the right standard to play for Arsenal at the moment. Therefore I wouldn’t be surprised if Wenger would once again prefer playing an out of position Gabriel at right back instead of Jenkinson, if Bellerin was to be injured or suspended.
My only big concern is that I think Debuchy will also be looking to push a move in January given the Frenchman’s lack of action at the club. Arsenal cannot afford to lose two right backs in one window without looking for a replacement and so if Jenkinson was to leave during the window, another player may have to come in as backup.