Wenger hints Jenkinson to Palace is nearly done

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Arsene Wenger says there is a high chance that Carl Jenkinson will leave Arsenal in the coming days with Crystal Palace currently in negotiations to sign the right-back on a permanent basis.

The England international, 24, has made five starts for the Gunners this season as back-up to Hector Bellerin but has looked short of confidence following a ten-month spell on the sidelines recovering from ACL surgery.

A number of clubs are thought to have enquired after the defender in recent weeks. Hull City’s former manager Mike Phelan went public on contact, while West Ham United, where Jenkinson spent two loan spells, are also believed to have made an approach.

“Carl…it’s a possibility that he will move yes. In the next two or three days,” Wenger told his pre-Swansea press conference.

Asked if Sam Allardyce’s Crystal Palace were the front-runners, the boss added, “You look well informed.”

“It’s possible yes, I cannot tell you much more because we haven’t come to a conclusion yet.”

Despite Jenkinson’s potential departure, Wenger played down suggestions he could look to bring in a replacement during the transfer window.

“No we have still Mathieu Debuchy who is injured, we have Gabriel who plays there at the moment as well. We have Bellerin.

“We are not short in this position which is why we allow one of the players to go out because they have less opportunities to play.”

Having signed a contract extension in 2015, Jenkinson is under contract at Arsenal until 2018 and could command a fee in the region of £3 million. If the deal goes through it’ll be sad to bid farewell to a player with such an affection for the club…and also to his singing dad.

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49er
49er

Good move for all. All the best, Carl!

Andreas
Andreas

Going to miss you Carl, always seemed like a good lad.

David Hillier's luggage
David Hillier's luggage

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poly
poly

£3m is really cheap, When they are talking about £12m for Schlupp. Surely Jenks is worth at least as much as him

Crash Fistfight
Crash Fistfight

Even if not as much as, surely worth more than a quarter of the fee for Schlupp?

spinner
spinner

I wouldn’t let him go for £3m. Might as well keep him and loan him out.

poly
poly

When he went to West Ham it was a £2m loan fee

Gooner4life
Gooner4life

Plus he’s an England international.

£3 mil is way too little again Arsenal are selling themselves short , could put the extra money towards Alexis and Girouds wages.

Daniel
Daniel

Yep. Isn’t Tom Carrol rumoured to move for £8m to Swansea. I mean seriously our negotiating team have a lot to answer for to get best deals. been awful last 5 years at scouting and deals out.

Ebo
Ebo

Super sad, perhaps Wenger knows more but I feel like he should have been given one more chance this season, given how long he was out. On the other hand it was always tough fit for him in our current system seeing as we rely so much on Hector’s blistering pace, and failing that you at least want Gabriel’s decent pace and defensive disposition.

Ayush Jain
Ayush Jain

3 million is fuckin cheap, considering he is so young and experience PL wise.

Wenger Should also add a buy back clause when selling.

PartyPalour
PartyPalour

Sad to see the corporal go 🙁 all the best Carl!

Lord Bendnter
Lord Bendnter

How the heck does a title challenging team say they’ve got enough players in that position and point out a long term injured player and a CB? I mean lol I think he means at the moment we’re fine there but in the summer we will look for a second choice RB, possibly a youngster

Heavenly Chapecoense
Heavenly Chapecoense

Bring back Ebooue, he is almost suicidal not being allowed to have a club. His determination will be super human if given a chance.

Vincent Kompanys Forehead
Vincent Kompanys Forehead

Was just about to post the same.

Retarded thinking considering Mert wont be fully fit for some time.

BidOnLard
BidOnLard

Sad for Carl.

However I have a strong suspicion Debuchy is injured even in Wenger’s FIFA teams.

AlbZ
AlbZ

Very sad to see him go. Still hope it’s just a loan – loved him as a back-up.

Wonder why Mustafi isn’t mentioned as a right-back as well – he did play that position for the German national team in their run to the World Cup. Especially now that BFG is edging back to fitness 😉

Theo's Wall-cot
Theo's Wall-cot

Sad to see him go. But it’s made all the worse by having ad’s of Ronaldo’s shirtless body staring me down.

Theo's Wall-cot
Theo's Wall-cot

“Stupid sexy Flanders”

Post January Blip
Post January Blip

“Feels like I’m wearing nothing at all… nothing at all”

Sancheezy
Sancheezy

An honorable discharge Corporal Jenko. We salute you!! Good luck sir!

Make mine a Swiss miss
Make mine a Swiss miss

Best of luck to Jenks and he’ll always have the Norwich goal to remember when the sight of Fat Sams stupid face gets a bit much.

Cliff Bastin
Cliff Bastin

Will always be remembered for having the best Aussie accent attempt in that Aussie tour ad.

Biafran arse
Biafran arse

Good lad just not good enough for Arsenal but my problem is many years it took Arsene to realize that.

Terry Henry
Terry Henry

If another team were selling Jenkinson, I’m sure they would manage to get £10m+
Why are we so sh*t at getting decent transfer fees?
Serge Gnabry – £4.25m
Lukas Podolski – £2.13m
Gervinho – £6.8m
RvP – £26.1

We could of got a lot more for all of the above in my opinion.

Bobbyp
Bobbyp

Not sure about the other two, but didn’t both Gnabry and Van Persie only have a year (RvP) and 6 months (Gnabry) left on their contracts when they were sold?

g00ner4lyf
g00ner4lyf

I agree we seem to suck at getting a decent valuation for our players. I appreciate these players may be deadwood but United have just sold theirs for 24m to Everton. We should be selling 25-50% higher on our outgoing players for sure.

santori
santori

Those are decent enough prices. You want to get them off the wage list quickly.

They can get stuck in and around the squad otherwise, see Bendtner etc.We may then have to make up for loan deals and be paying out.

Cut the losses and move on.

Wenger traditionally does not pay much for most of these players so he has already turned a profit.

😉

Son-of-Man
Son-of-Man

Spot on!
Proper business thinking!

Bobbyp
Bobbyp

Gutted about this. He did well at West Ham when he was fit. I love it when we have proper Gooners in the squad. I was hoping it was only going to be on loan. Whatever it is, I hope he does well.

MrBure

Is anyone else shitting bricks at the thought of Jefferson Montero going up against Gabriel at Right Back?

Terry Henry
Terry Henry

No

santori
santori

Gabriel is a better Rback than Jenko even if he should have only played there once.

He is more composed and has more guile to his game.

And he is reasonably quick.

Block 94
Block 94

Jenkinson done better than most Arsenal fans, played for Arsenal check, scored for Arsenal check, won fa cup with Arsenal check. He needs to play, and he done well in West Ham when Sam was manager there. You never know maybe one day he will be back as solid FB after 3-4 full seasons under his belt.

santori
santori

Nah

He’s not good. Too one dimensional. Lacks composure. Not enough technical skills which makes him panic.

In your dreams.:D

OooohSantiCazorla
OooohSantiCazorla

Would of thought we could of got at least £5mill for him. I’d loan him and if he does well, his value will increase also, although it means 1 year left

santori
santori

Cut losses and sell.

Why bother. Gabriel covers the position even if Debuchy should leave. Next summer we can also assess Chambers in the position.

He was excellent for Soton at Rback which is his NATURAL position.

santori
santori

MOst Arsenal fans are deluded. NO offense.

They see quality when there isn’t. They abuse certain players who are better than they think.

Case in point, Giroud, Per, Flamini constantly come in for abuse but are much better and effective players than imagined.

Flamini held together midfield with the difficult to play with Ramsey over a period last season when we were without a=some of our best assets. Over that period they won against City and Olympiakos. In fact it was when some of these top assets returned (Alexis) and did not produce as much up front as needed that Ramsey started pushing further forward and the system with the aging Flamini broke down leading to a couple of poor losses. When Coquelin returned, he leaked 13 goals in concert with Ramsey over 7 matches.

Similarly Per was (and still is) derided for his ‘pace’. Many were calling for Gabriel to start but you can see pace alone is useless. Per was far more secure with positioning and better in concert with koscielny.

Now when it comes to Jenko, I understand the enthusiasm for him on account of his roots. BUT he was simply less technical than many believed and he was lauded for his crossing by the media when frankly, all he did was whip them in blind.

The fact that he doesn’t even start ahead of Maitland Niles tells you something.

The same with Elneny. He is a decent player and a useful asset to have in terms of industry but again the same people over estimate him. He can develop to be a better player and has shown some signs of improvement but he brings nothing like Granit’s deep passing to offset the loss of Santi or Coquelin’s robust defending. In essence, he is a squad player. But for age, Flamini is a more effective player.

Offloading Jenko for that price is about right. he is not as ‘good’ a player as many would deem to imagine.

Just being honest.;)

santori
santori

Jenko may prosper under Big Sam’s style of play.

No nonsense fairly route one. No need for technicality. Keep it simple.

Arsenal’s game is a bit too articulate for Jenko. We are often encamped trying to work/break down tight spaces further up the pitch. Our defense is often higher and gets stretched.

Under different circumstance, he can be more effective.

Kuntslayer
Kuntslayer

Kudos to him I reckoned his early years with us was prospectful. His crosses made me think he would someday be that full back assist galore or even plays up the pitch. Not to mention all of his Arsenal related collections hung on his wall. He’s a gooner thru n thru. Still gutted to see Corporal’s departure if that comes true.

igbo Amadi-Obi
igbo Amadi-Obi

This is the pragmatism we have demanded from Wenger for long. When you identify a player who hasn’t got the quality to fit in and help our aspirations, move him on as dispassionately as possible so we can make way for better players. We should continue to seek to improve the team, and not get unnecessarily emotional. At the risk of more thumb-downs, I dare say that Oxlaide-Chamberlain should be next to go.