Arsenal star Carl Jenkinson has agreed to sign a new five-year deal with the Gunners. Despite signing the new long-term deal, Jenkinson will spend his next season on loan at West Ham United. The Hammers are willing to pay £2million for Jenkinson’s loan move next season.
Arsenal have successfully convinced the 23-year-old right-back to tie up his long-term future at Arsenal. Arsene Wenger had an £8million bid in hand from Southampton but he chose to reject it as he sees Jenkinson being one of the future stars at Emirates. Southampton had hoped to sign Jenkinson as replacement to Nathaniel Clyne.
According to telegraph, Jenkinson has returned from holidays and is reported to have agreed a new deal and a loan-move to West Ham. The deal is set to be announced in next 24 hours.
According to telegraph, Sunderland and Aston Villa were keen on signing the right-back but Arsenal have chosen to let Jenkinson join West Ham as it was his personal wish as well.
Why a long-term deal and a loan move for Jenkinson?
Arsenal are currently enjoying enough competition for choices at the right-back position with players like Calum Chambers, Mathieu Debuchy and Hector Bellerin being the obvious choice ahead of Jenkinson.
There is a constant fear surrounding Arsenal fans about Bellerin’s long-term stay at Emirates with Barcelona lurking to pounce on his desires to return to his boyhood club.
Calum Chambers is becoming more of a center back and Mathieu Debuchy will not be a regular starter in next 2-3 seasons. This leaves the way open for Jenkinson to be the first choice right-back for Arsenal in next 24 months.
Arsene Wenger has followed Jenkinson’s developments very closely and is convinced of the talent of England International star. In coming seasons, we will see Jenkinson being a regular in Arsenal’s starting XI.