Arsenal have announced their first signing of the summer with the arrival of 19-year-old defender Carl Jenkinson from Charlton Athletic.
The 6’1” youngster played nine times for the Addicks last season, predominantly at right-back, and looks likely to provide cover for Bacary Sagna and Emmanuel Eboue ahead of the new season. Born in England, Jenkinson also qualifies to represent Finland and has already played for both nations at youth level.
Speaking to the Charlton official website after confirmation of his move to North London, Jenkinson stated:
“I will always be in Charlton’s debt for the training they have given me since a young age. I’m grateful to the club’s academy and all the coaching staff, so I’m delighted the two clubs have come to an agreement.
“I hope supporters will understand why I can’t turn down such an opportunity, but Charlton will always have a place in my heart.”
As well as the signing of Jenkinson, Arsene Wenger has also moved to secure the future of three of the club’s most promising Academy graduates. Benik Afobe, Chuks Aneke and Oguzhan Ozyakup have all been offered contract extensions with the trio expected to push for first team squad status in the coming twelve months.
News of the extensions comes just days after several reserve and youth team players were released having been deemed not up to Arsenal standard. Mark Randall, well known for Carling Cup cameos, Thomas Cruise and Roarie Deacon have all become free agents.