Arsenal confirm Carl Jenkinson's West Ham loan move

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Arsenal have confirmed that defender Carl Jenkinson is leaving the club on loan for a second consecutive season.

The one-cap England international enjoyed a success spell with West Ham United during the 2014/15 campaign, and returns to Upton Park for another stint after penning a new contract with his parent club.

Jenkinson joined the Gunners from Charlton back in 2011 and made 57 appearances in three years before moving to east London on a temporary basis.


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After helping Sam Allardyce's side qualify for the Europa League, he's returning to work under new boss Slaven Bilic at the Boleyn Ground.

Having represented England at the U21 European Championships this summer, the right-back has agreed what is described as a 'long-term deal' at the Emirates Stadium, suggesting Arsene Wenger believes the player could provide a solution for Arsenal in the position in the future.

Arsenal aren't short of options at right-back, with Hector Bellerin and Mathieu Debuchy vying for the starting spot this season. Centre-back Calum Chambers is also capable of slotting into the position when required, meaning Jenkinson is surplus to requirements for the forthcoming campaign at least.

Quiet summer

It's been a relatively quiet summer generally in north London thus far, with the arrival of Petr Cech the one key statement of intent by the Gunners during a transfer window that's seen fringe and youth players move on. Abou Diaby was also released and Lukas Podolski sold to Galatasaray following a loan spell at Inter Milan.

Jenkinson is the second player to leave on loan after teenage midfielder Ainsley Maitland-Niles joined Ipswich at the start of the month, and both players will be eager to continue their personal development away from Arsenal.

Whether they can do enough to convince Wenger that they should be involved with the first team now remains to be seen, but Jenkinson is focused on getting back to business and impressing his new boss before worrying about his future plans.

'Happy to re-sign'

"To be honest I just wanted to come back here and I'm happy everything's been sorted out. I've got another season here and I can't wait," he told the official Hammers TV channel.

He'll have to wait to make his second debut for the club though, with West Ham beginning their campaign away at Arsenal on August 9th.

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