As big a hint as you can get has been dropped about one of Arsenal’s transfers this coming summer, by a the owner of one of the Gunners Premier League rivals on Twitter.
David Gold owns West Ham United with his business partner David Sullivan and regularly answers the questions of fans on the social media site and addressed a query by one particular support regarding the Hammers’ trip to Arsenal next week.
It was a query about the availability of young defender Carl Jenkinson, who has been on loan at Upton Park for the season and has been playing particularly well under manager Sam Allardyce. But he will be unable to effect the game next weekend at Emirates Stadium owing to the terms of the the season-long loan deal stating he is unable to face his former club.
Arsene Wenger’s decision to allow him to leave and the subsequent emergence of Hector Bellerin at right-back has led to some speculation regarding Jenkinson’s long-term future with the club he supported as boy - which is why Gold’s tweet was so interesting.
For those of you out there that are in any doubt about what Gold means when he says “this year”, the former Birmingham City owner is implying that Jenkinson could face Arsenal in the future, because West Ham will have bought him outright.
Lots of Gunners fans will be disappointed to see the right-back who was signed as an unknown from Charlton Athletic leave, as he is has been open about his fanaticism over Arsenal since he was young and he was always works extremely hard for the team.
Unfortunately for him, Wenger decided to sign Calum Chambers and Mathieu Debuchy last summer, both of whom play in his position. Chambers was competition enough for the role of Debuchy’s understudy, but Bellerin has since overtaken the former Southampton man for that position and has been very impressive covering for Debuchy’s injury.
Jenkinson would find it difficult to get onto the Arsenal bench, never mind getting into the starting XI, so the best move for his career would probably to make the switch in the summer. He has been doing brilliantly at West Ham though, so his international ambitions would at least receive a boost.
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