Jenkinson sends message to Arsenal fans after Forest switch

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Earlier today it was confirmed that Carl Jenkinson’s eight year Arsenal odyssey was at an end.

The 27 year old has joined Nottingham Forest on a permanent basis in a deal said to be worth around £2m (with a sell-on clause).

We all know Carl’s a Gooner, so it had to be have been a wrench for him to leave the club he supports, but he took time to send a message to fans via his Instagram account.

He said:

“This is a message that is hard to write so I’m going to keep it short. I’m leaving Arsenal in pursuit of a new challenge and a fresh start, and ultimately to play regular football again.

“I can’t really put into words what it has meant to me to play for this club, but what I can say is I have truly lived my dream. This brings me to you, the proper Arsenal fans, as I have lived your dream too.

“It has been an up and down journey for me but I hope you all have seen how much it has meant to me and know that I have given it my all. I have played 70 games for Arsenal which if you told me I would do as a kid I would’ve laughed at you.

“I take many great memories and friendships from my time at this special football club, and it is a chapter in my life that I will cherish forever. I see a great future for this club under the current manager and coaching staff, and I look forward to seeing this unfold.

“As for now, I’ll take my seat back in the stand, as a fan, with the rest of you.

“With love, Jenko.”

What a guy, let’s hope he can get things back on track at Forest, and maybe our paths will cross again on the pitch one day too.

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Ólafur
Ólafur

Good luck and thanks for the memories Corporal!

Dave M
Dave M

Legend? Yeah, fuk it, ARSENAL LEGEND! Because he did what we all dreamed of. And did it right!

IamaGoober

I felt Jenko got quite a lot of unfair criticism considering he hardly played and was a massive Gooner.

I always liked him personally, as he was kind of a throwback to a die hard player/fan you would get in the 80’s/90’s era. Decent work rate, could tackle and was alright in the air. He could deliver a decent ball from the right hand side as well. Would run through a brick wall for the Arse. He wasn’t actually that bad. Seriously primitive I know, but fundamentally he was alright.

I honestly think that injury he picked up during his loan spell at West Ham was really unlucky and kind of finished him at Arsenal. Had he not have been out for as long as he was – I will get shot down for saying this – but Sam Allardyce might have been able to grind him into a decent hardened fullback. As like it or not, Allardyce was one of the first pioneers to use data and stats in the Premier League to build squads and best utilise the players at his disposal. Hence he was always called upon to rescue clubs when they were facing relegation since his system worked. He wanted Jenkinson as his numbers did hypothetically suggest that if he was trained and deployed in a manner that suited him, he could actually do a job. Maybe not the job that would have made him a figure head in the first team at Arsenal. But potentially he might have played more of a role for us then he did.

But either way, happy he scored that goal up at Carrow road. When that hit the back of the net, it fucking felt like I’d scored it. Absolute cult hero for me, and I am genuinely tempted to pick up a Nottingham Forest shirt with Jenkinson on the back for absolute bants.

Best of luck Corp.

Sir Henry Norris' Brown Envelope
Sir Henry Norris' Brown Envelope

He never got a Perry Groves song for himself.

Goonerresponse
Goonerresponse

I agree. He also never made any glaring mistakes in his recent games for us. I did not really have an issue with his name on the team sheet.

TommyGun
TommyGun

Turnaround bright eyes.

Dustwolf83
Dustwolf83

Every now and then I fall apart

High gunner
High gunner

he went from carl anxious jenkinson to carl corporal jenkinson!! he truly lived the dream, i would also be so nervous as he was the first games he played for us..

SB Still
SB Still

Good luck Jenko. Also did you hear anything about any incoming CB?

Terry Henry
Terry Henry

We salute you corporal

hugop
hugop

I seem to have something in my eye

Dave M
Dave M

Retina?

Tony Hall
Tony Hall

What a class act, respect Jenks

Naked Cygan
Naked Cygan

Totally agree, very classy. Wish the wanker capitan we had all these year could have and not make a video to take the great Arsenal shirt off.

AmericanGooner
AmericanGooner

HEAVY SWOON.

Best of luck, Jenko. Nobody ever doubted your commitment and Forest is getting a top notch work ethic dude.

Shill
Shill

Take note, that’s how you sign off.

Chiza
Chiza

Guess mustafi won’t sign off this way and we would clearly be at fault for that unlike koscielny

Chidi
Chidi

Love for club and fandom is overrated mostly but this right here is a proper gooner & fan, pure love for the club after his heart.
Wish you success in your career jenko, thanks for everything.

bobbyp
bobbyp

We love you too Corporal.

Tiny
Tiny

Kind of fitting that he’s joining the club that gave us our red shirts in the first place.

Andre
Andre

A total eclipse of the heart

yen
yen

Wouldn’t be that surprised if Jenko actually gets to read these comments. A beautiful statement to close the chapter. Thank you for everything, Carl!

Twatsloch
Twatsloch

THAT is how you send a goodbye. Something for Koscielny to learn from.

Thanks Jenko and all the best at your new club.

Dave M
Dave M

Jenko will be unveiled in a Forest shirt, then take it off and he’ll have his Arsenal kit underneath.

Fan
Fan

I think he actually has an Arsenal Kit tattooed on his body!

Jarghs
Jarghs

Gets himself a Face App that superimposes Arsenal player faces on his teammates.
“Alright, Auba?”
“…my… my name’s Sammy, mate”
“Yeah, that’s flames bruv”

Drew
Drew

Top Bloke, I’m sure he’ll be back at the club someday in some capacity. Can you imagine Jenks doing the stadium tour, that would be fucking hilarious!

PGunner
PGunner

What a lovely thought.

Jarghs
Jarghs

“…and this is my seat, and that’s my mate Alan. Anyway, nice to meet you, I’m off for a quick slash before the second half starts”

Amusa
Amusa

I’m not crying. You’re crying.

Forest gooner
Forest gooner

Onions…

Drogheda Gunner
Drogheda Gunner

Absolute gentleman

Cygans Parting
Cygans Parting

Here’s hoping we see you in the North Bank one day soon Carl.
Wishing you all the very best at Forest and for the rest of your career!!!
Thank you for all that you have given for our great club.

Chris
Chris

Now that is how you leave a football club.

Alex
Alex

Not a bad word about the kid. Wore the shirt for us. Bagged a goal for us and lived it with us.

Liam
Liam

No way near as bad as people made him out to be. I think he could’ve offered decent backup to Bellerin. Instead we’re left with Maitland-Miles who is a square peg in a round hole and doesn’t even want to play in that position.

Sam
Sam

My fucking heart :'(

AleksP
AleksP

And that is a message that is one of the most honest yet exhilarating in the way that he has no regrets. I honestly believe that even if he got to only play one game for us he would still have had more class than that prick Koscielny. All the best to you Jenko. Hope to meet you in the stadium between the fans.

Pete
Pete

That’s how you leave the club Laurent

wol
wol

<3

MacHans
MacHans

I love this guy!

MacHans
MacHans

I wish you the best corporal.

SLC Gooner
SLC Gooner

Bravo. A class way to sign off. Good luck to him.

Kekstar

This completes the departure of the final part of the banterous duo “Carlamberblain”
Good times

Gary
Gary

Good Luck to him. Had his struggles but left the club with his head held high and a top class farewell statement. Unlike our recent Captain!

Toure Motors
Toure Motors

Turn around bright eyes….

allezkev
allezkev

A touch of class from Carl….

Clockendrider
Clockendrider

A total eclipse of the heart……
Best of luck Carl

HyBm
HyBm

I’m not crying, you’re crying.

Dave
Dave

Good luck for him! I believe he is one of those players that not fan of our club can dislike, the guy breathes and lives Arsenal, and that’s exactly why I’m sad to see him go! Good luck in your new journey Jenko!

Mel S.
Mel S.

Pure class. Thanks for everything, Jenko. COYG!!!

Bangkok 49er
Bangkok 49er

Love Jenko and would have love to have seen him succeed with us (what with being a Gooner and having played for the same club as I did way back in the day, Eastbourne Borough formerly Langney Sports) but by telling Palace to fuck off he goes straight into an Arsenal legend for me. Good luck Corporal and may you have a good career at Forest.

Nketamine
Nketamine

From that picture I was really hoping he was going to remove his Arsenal shirt to reveal another Arsenal shirt underneath

#Jenko4eva

Tapps

Pure class!

Red Arrow
Red Arrow

Wish him all the very best in his footballing journey. Lovely heartfelt message – don’t you think Kos?

Billy Bob
Billy Bob

Classy guy, typical gooner eh 😉

Thierry Walcott
Thierry Walcott

Best goodbye message EVER! I’m not crying, I’m not…

Lettra
Lettra

This was lovely!! Best st of Luck Corporal hope you make it back to the premiership so we can sing your praise.

Martin L. E.
Martin L. E.

Too class man, top class farewell!
Better player than given credit for, too unclucky with injuries at times.
Best of luck Corporal Jenkinson!
Hope you return to the club at some point, in some (any) facility.

Tómas
Tómas

Funny how Jenkinson will be remembered more fondly of than Koscielny now. Never saw this coming.

Hulk

What a f*cking Dude!

I’m not crying, you are crying…I workout.

shokim
shokim

Good luck with your career. You lived our dream. Hope to see you again soon. Top farewell. Onions…

Lord Bendnter
Lord Bendnter

This is what I love about Jenks. If we, fans, would have played for Arsenal, we too would have written a similar goodbye message. Gonna miss you Jenks, wishing u all the very best. Thank you for the memories!

Ben
Ben

Yeah, a real nice touch!
All the best Jenks. I hope it goes well for you at Forest.
For what it’s worth, I was always pleased to see you on the team sheet, and thought you did a stellar job for the team.
One heck of a cross!
Top man…

Hi-brid
Hi-brid

Underrated player and top lad. Good luck Jenko. You are one of us.

Banks
Banks

Always liked Jenkinson, never thought he deserved the stick he got, he just wasn’t developed

Santori
Santori

Much ado about nothing.

No diff imo between his message and Koscielny.

Arsenal fans are too sensitive and petty.

Don’t see anything to take offense with with Lolo’s shirt swap.

Nor do I think he has been disrespectful rather the other way around, the club has been disrespectful to Laurent a player who has laid his body on the line countless times for us by making it difficult for him this summer.

he rightly should want to move on as he is suffering wear and tear issues yet the club wanted to take short cuts, point at Saliba for the future and bank on an injury prone Koscielny for a season too far again.

He did us a favour putting himself out of contention in which the fans have been horrid frankly and ungrateful.

Yet we did not take advantage of this and moved on Cback too late with prices being intransigent.

And looks like we are back to applying band aid to an area which we frankly needed to apply full resource and fix a season or two ago.

Instead of quality, we will bring in stop gap yet again.

Club will point to Tierney (A decent signing) and distract the same fans all too easily.

Naija Gunner
Naija Gunner

Jenko…..