Arsene Wenger has spoken for the first time about the acquisition of Carl Jenkinson from Charlton Athletic and revealed that Arsenal had kept close tabs on the promising 19-year-old for some time before finally sealing a deal this week.
The under-19 Finnish international looks likely to start his Arsenal career as back-up to Bacary Sagna in the right-back position although with a reputation for versatility is tipped to prove himself a valuable asset for the Gunners in the coming years.
Speaking about his first signing of the summer, Wenger told the Arsenal official website:
“We were watching Carl for some time and he is a player with great talent and natural defensive ability, but also a powerful player who likes to go forward.
“He is a strong defender who has made quick progress with Charlton and also with the younger age categories for the Finland national team, showing many great qualities.
“We are excited that Carl is joining us and he will add strength to our squad.”
To read Jenkinson’s comments about signing for Arsenal, click here.