Starlet 'ready' for Arsenal move

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Arsenal look set to sign young gun Carl Jenkinson after the defender refused a new contract with current club Charlton Athletic.

Jenkinson has been watched by scouts from all the top flight clubs over the last season, with the 19 year old representing Finland in the under 19s and starting for Charlton this season on many occasions.

Jenkinson has reportedly caught the eye of Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, and the youngster has decided not to resign with Charlton should the Gunners come knocking in summer, according to Charlton chairman Michael Slater.


“We've worked hard to convince Carl that he would be a key figure in Chris Powell's plans going forward," Slater said on Charlton’s official website.

"But regrettably Carl will not sign the contract and has indicated he wishes to leave the club at the end of the season.

"Having been with the club for 11 years and recently described his run of games in the first team as 'a dream come true', it is a real shame that he appears to have decided his future lies elsewhere."

Reports have put Jenkinson’s worth at £500,000, and with Arsene Wenger’s famous youth development policy, the Arseal manager wants to develop Jenkinson into a star defender of the likes of John Djourou or Thomas Vermaelen.

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