Car Jenkinson has signed for West Ham on loan in search of valuable minutes to develop his Arsenal career. Jack Cairns discusses the positives of the move and how it could benefit the young full back in the long term.
Carl Jenkinson’s future is always a tough thing to comprehend for Arsenal fans. On one hand, he loves the club like no other player (the photo of his bedroom above is enough to tell you that) but on the other he isn’t quite good enough to go up against the likes of Eden Hazard and David Silva.
He’s still haunted by THAT game in Manchester, almost three years ago, but for every Arsenal fan he represents the boyhood dream of turning out in red and white.
With the arrival of Mathieu Debuchy & Calum Chambers, Jenkinson is unlikely to feature for the gunners in the upcoming season. It may be tough for Arsenal fans to let go of the full-back but a loan allows him to prove himself and prove himself he must.
Carl Jenkinson is 22 years old and can no longer be considered in the same breath as young fullbacks like Luke Shaw and the aforementioned Calum Chambers.
A loan move to West Ham is the perfect opportunity to do just that, as there is likely to be little competition from Joey O’Brien & Guy Demel and Jenkinson should get some valuable Premier League minutes under his belt. He only featured in 22 Premier League games last year (9 starts, 13 as a substitute) despite Bacary Sagna’s broken leg and it’s clear that although Wenger doesn’t think he’s ready yet, he isn’t quite ready to give up on the Englishman.
Sky Sports News reported that Arsenal were only interested in loans and there has been no mention of a permanent deal after his year at Upton Park. It wouldn’t be the first time that Arsene Wenger has hinted at a player’s future before showing them the exit door (Armand Traore springs to mind) and the truth is, only he knows what the future holds for Jenkinson.
Arsene’s loan moves have a tendency to go either way, for every Jack Wilshere & Joel Campbell there’s a Ryo Miyaichi and an Armand Traore (he’s had it tough it seems). There is little room for sentiment in football and plenty of players struggle to fulfill their potential.
Let’s hope for the sake of the Arsenal fans that “Jenko” comes back next year as a more developed right back and not as an opposition player.
Jack Cairns, Pundit Arena.
Featured Image By Kieran Clarke (Flickr: Carl Jenkinson) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons.