According to Sky Sports, Championship side West Bromwich Albion are working on a deal to sign Carl Jenkinson.
The 27-year-old is believed to be out of contract at the Emirates this summer although the club, curiously, left him off the released player list when it was published a couple of weeks back.
Jenkinson has been on the books at the Emirates since signing for £1 million from Charlton
nine eight years ago. Despite struggling to establish himself as a first team regular, he’s signed two contract extensions in that time, first in 2012 as Arsene Wenger looked to build a future around five young British players and again in 2015 before heading out on a second loan spell with West Ham.
Injuries have taken a toll on ‘the Corporal’. During that second spell at the Boleyn Ground he suffered a bad ACL injury and when he was sent to Birmingham City in 2017 he dislocated his shoulder in the first game of the season. That bad luck seemed to take a toll on his confidence.
Most supporters assumed Jenkinson would leave last summer but he stuck around to work on his fitness and this season made eight appearances as back-up to Hector Bellerin and Stephan Lichtsteiner. As a born-and-bred Gooner, he seemed to really enjoy his rare cameos although it’s fair to say he knew he was on borrowed time.
Carl’s got a very decent engine on him, can whip in a dangerous cross and if he stays fit, the Baggies stand to get a very decent player for free. If he moves to West Brom, he’ll enjoy a reunion with Slaven Bilic, just installed as the new boss at the Hawthorns and the man who twice signed him for the Hammers, and Kieran Gibbs, another of our ‘British core’.
On one level we’ll be very sorry to see him leave – he’s one of us, after all – on another, after nine years, it’s probably time for the lad to play regular football somewhere.