Charlton teenager Carl Jenkinson has joined Arsenal after the two clubs agreed an undisclosed fee for the versatile defender.

While Arsenal fans will be expecting some big-name signings over the summer, manager Arsene Wenger has again kept one eye on the future with the capture of the 6ft 1in 19-year-old. Jenkinson, who qualifies for Finland through his mother, can play at either right-back or in central defence, an area which the Gunners were exposed last season.


Charlton chief executive Stephen Kavanagh said: "This is a great move for Carl and it's difficult to stand in the way of a player when a club the size of Arsenal expresses interest, particularly if, like Carl, you come from an Arsenal-supporting family."

Jenkinson, who has made nine appearances for the Addicks after making his debut against Brentford last December, added: "I'll always be in Charlton's debt for the training they've given me since a young age.

"I hope supporters will understand why I can't turn down such an opportunity, but Charlton will always have a place in my heart."

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