Carl Jenkinson appears to be edging closer to a year-long loan move with a number of Premier League clubs eager to offer him first team playing time this season.
The 22-year-old has repeatedly asserted his desire to inherit the right-back role from the departed Bacary Sagna, however, with Arsene Wenger adding Mathieu Debuchy’s experience and Calum Chambers’ youthful versatility the ex-Charlton man doesn’t look like moving up the pecking order in the near future.
West Ham United, Swansea City and Newcastle United have all been tipped as possible destinations while Hull City manager, Steve Bruce, confirmed this weekend that he has already made an approach for the England international.
“I had a conversation with Arsenal about four or five weeks ago to see if it [a loan] was possible,” he told Sky Sports. “And apparently so, it might be. We’ll look at that situation but we haven’t had confirmation from Arsenal.”
Jenkinson moved to the Emirates from Charlton in 2011 and was rewarded for his promising progress with a new long-term deal which he signed alongside fellow Brits Jack Wilshere, Aaron Ramsey, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Kieran Gibbs in December 2012.
He’s made 57 appearances for the Gunners and memorably scored his first goal for the club last season away at Norwich. A boyhood Gooner he’ll be hoping he can up his game wherever he plays this season in the hope of securing his long-term future in N5.