Carl Jenkinson has completed a permanent move to Nottingham Forest ending his eight-year spell as an Arsenal player.
He has signed a three-year deal at the City Ground and joins for an undisclosed fee thought to be in the region of £2 million.
The right-back moved to the Emirates from Charlton as a 19-year-old Finland under-21 international after and quickly earned a place in Arsene Wenger’s first team following an injury to Bacary Sagna.
Blessed with a terrific engine, a decent cross and photographic evidence of a childhood Gunners duvet set, he became an instant hit on the terraces despite a red card in the 8-2 defeat at Old Trafford. He was, as they say, ‘one of our own’.
Switching allegiance to England, he was awarded a full cap by Roy Hodgson in November 2012 as the Three Lions were beaten 4-2 by Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s Sweden. The following month as a member of Wenger’s ‘British core’ he signed a new long-term deal.
Performances, in part because of injury, became somewhat erratic after that. He averaged 12 Premier League appearances for the Gunners in his first three seasons and bagged his only competitive goal in the final day of the 13/14 season. When Arsenal signed Mathieu Debuchy West Ham came calling.
A successful year-long loan with the Hammers was followed by a second that was curtailed prematurely by a nasty ACL injury just before Christmas 2016. Crystal Palace agreed a deal to sign him when he returned to full fitness but despite it being obvious he was surplus to requirements at London Colney he turned down the move.
A loan move to Birmingham City in the summer of 2017 was supposed to resurrect his flagging career but he dislocated his shoulder on his league debut and again sat on the sidelines.
The Corporal enjoyed a surprise swansong under Unai Emery playing eight games across four competitions last season. He was even serenaded by supporters throughout an FA Cup win over Blackpool.
While he ended the campaign higher up the pecking order than Stephan Lichtsteiner, the boss still preferred midfielder Ainsley Maitland-Niles as back-up to the injured Hector Bellerin.
It looked like he might see out the final year of his contract, but with Arsenal on the hunt for long-term solutions to our obvious defensive issues, it appears both parties have found a suitable resolution.
Arseblog News wishes Carl all the best for the future.
You never know, you might find yourself sitting next to him at the Emirates in years to come.