What does the future hold for shirtless Arsenal defender?

Kelechi Nwakali is joining Arsenal this summer, and has been given the squad number previously held by Carl Jenkinson.

The new Nigerian signing played a key role in helping his his Under-17 international side to win the World Cup, and was nominated the most valuable player of the tournament, previously won by Kelechi Nwakali, Toni Kross and former Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas.

He has since agreed to join our club this summer, and is reported to be taking the number 25 shirt, which belonged to Nwanku Kanu previously, but was being held by Carl Jenkinson last season.

The English right-back was sent out on loan to West Ham in July 2014, and has not featured for our side since. His spell last season was cut short by an injury, and he is expected to be fit by the start of the new campaign, but with Mathieu Debuchy, Calum Chambers and Hector Bellerin also on the books, there is limited chance of making his mark at Arsenal any longer.

Jenkinson signed a new five-year contract with the club before joining the Hammers on a year-long loan last summer, but I cant see how he could possibly make his way into Arsene Wenger’s first-team plans with the likes of Bellerin in the side.

The Spaniard won a place in the PFA Premier League Team of the Year for last season, and will surely hold onto the role for the coming years.

Despite the unlikelihood of playing regularly for Arsenal, he recently tweeted about his want to play for us again, but for now we will have to see what will happen when pre-season begins.

Is Jenkinson worthy of being Bellerin’s back-up? Do you expect him to be given a new shirt number or do we expect him to leave in the close season?

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  1. Toni Kroos and Cescy Fabregas, that’s good to know. Now I’m more certain that we may have found a gem. Pity about the winger, he was still slotting them away the last I heard. The 25 was Jenkos number, cheeky little bugger.

  2. I wish English referee can be as good as these Copa America Centenario referees. Hardly make mistakes with their calls.
    I had thought that would be Chile 2nd goal scored by Vargas. Good offside call by assistant referees.

  3. Chile 2-0 Mexico!!!
    Eduardo Vargas has his legal goal at last!!

    Good work rate and para- assist by Super Alexis from left side!!!

  4. sorry for belated report of the 6th goal. I was on the dining.

    6-0 Chile.
    Vargas 4th of the morning !!!

  5. sorry for belated report of the 6th goal. I was on the dining.

    6-0 Chile.
    Vargas 4th of the morning !!!

    Reminder of Germany dismemberment of Brazil

  6. 7-0 !!!!! Pugh.
    Chile v Colombia in semi.
    Alexis v Ospina in semi set up.

    An Arsenal player in final of Copa America yet again !!

  7. I think Debuchy will go temp or perm freeing up the no.2 shirt. Obviously it would be nice to see our most likely starting x1 in 1-11 but, nowadays it doesn’t really matter.

    I have 3 concerns that need addressing more

    CF, CB and who is going to be back up keeper if szczesney and ospina both go? Im not sure I have enough confidence in Martinez and Macey.

    If I had a 4th concern it would be another wide man, but to be brutally honest with walcott, chamberlain, campbell, iwobi, wellington, ramsey, wilshire, ozil, alexis, welbeck and cazorla all capable of playing there it is only my 4th worry.

    As for full backs bellerin and Monreal with jenkinson and Gibbs as back up is good enough. Obviously we can always upgrade, Rodriguez looks better than either of our left backs and I am sure there is a better option than jenks to be bellerins back up. But as I said I am happy enough with full back

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