West Ham United chairman David Gold has confirmed on Twitter that Arsenal are unable to recall Carl Jenkinson from his season-long loan spell at Upton Park early, after Mathieu Debuchy was ruled out for up to three months with a dislocated shoulder.
The France international suffered the nasty injury after being pushed by Marko Arnautovic during last weekend's 3-0 victory over Stoke City at the Emirates Stadium, prompting speculation that Arsene Wenger might look to bring the Hammers loanee back to north London.
Hector Bellerin deputised for Debuchy for the remainder of the Potters clash and the Gunners also have Calum Chambers - the £16 million summer signing from Southampton - as another option on the right side of defence.
However, Chambers was ruled out of last Sunday's match due to illness and with doubts about Bellerin's capability to fill in long-term there have been suggestions that Jenkinson could be another option for Arsenal to consider, particularly given the fine form he's been in with Sam Allardyce's side this term.
Jenkinson fuelled speculation even further when he recently admitted in a Sky Sports interview that he didn't know the ins and outs of his loan agreement, which would have concerned West Ham fans eager not to lose the talented full-back prematurely.
"To be honest, I'm not 100 per cent of the ins and outs, but I'm not sure if I can be recalled," said the former Charlton Athletic starlet. "I'm not sure if it's in my loan agreement.
"It's another thing that is out of my hands and I'm enjoying my football here at the moment. I'm not even looking at any other situations."
Thankfully for West Ham, co-owner Gold has clarified the situation after responding to an inquisitive supporter on social media, reassuring anyone worried about losing Jenkinson that the recall option simply cannot happen.
The 22-year-old struggled to ever really cement his place in the Arsenal first-team, playing back-up to Bacary Sagna in recent years before Wenger opted to sign Debuchy from Newcastle United, which then allowed Jenkinson to leave the club in search of more regular Premier League football.
It's not exactly clear what the long-term future holds for the talented England U21 international, but after a consistent run of games with West Ham it's unlikely he'll be happy returning to his boyhood club for a bit-part role in the Gunners team.
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