Right-back will join West Ham United on season-long loan once again
Arsenal Football Club have announced that Carl Jenkinson has signed a new long-term deal at the club, but will spend next season out on loan with West Ham United.
The England international spent last season out on loan at Upton Park, and was expected to complete another loan move this season, with Sunderland interested.
Jenkinson at Arsenal
However, The Gunners have announced that the defender will return to West Ham for the 2015/2016 campaign, but he won’t be leaving on a permanent basis as he puts pen to paper on a new long-term contract.
The 23-year-old make 32 appearances for The Hammers last season, becoming a crucial figure in Sam Allardyce‘s team, and despite the managerial change to Slaven Bilic, the club still wanted the right-back back at the club.
Jenkinson has made 57 appearances for Arsenal since arriving at Charlton Athletic four years ago.
Arsenal released a brief statement on their official website that read: “Everyone at Arsenal would like to congratulate Carl on his new contract and wish him the best for the upcoming season with West Ham.
“The contract is subject to the completion of regulatory processes.”
Arsene Wenger has since spoken to the club’s official website about the news, and he admitted that all parties are winners from the deal.
“He has moved because he had the confidence of West Ham,” the boss told Arsenal Player. “We have the emergence of Hector Bellerin, we have Debuchy, we have Chambers.
“We are a bit congested in an area where you do not find many right backs all over the world.
“He will continue his development with West Ham. I found that all are winners there – [West Ham] and Arsenal and Jenkinson.”
Jenkinson Speaks to West Ham Website
Jenkinson himself has also been speaking to West Ham’s official website, and he’s revealed his delight at returning to Upton Park after his successful stint last year.
Jenkinson said: “I’m really happy to be back after last year. It was a good season for the Club and a good season for myself.
“To be honest I just wanted to come back here and I’m happy everything’s been sorted out. I’ve got another season here and I can’t wait.
“I’m a young player and I haven’t had too many experiences of different clubs, but I loved every minute of it here. Everything about it is fantastic – it’s a real family Club, the lads are great and the fans are great, so it ticks all the boxes you want when you join a football Club.
“I’ve got to come in, show what I can do and prove myself to a new manager. That keeps you on your toes and I’ve got to go and do that in pre-season. I’m looking forward to it.
Written by Alex Batt – @AlexBatt