Carl Jenkinson has had a somewhat stop-start Arsenal career. The right-back was bought from Charlton Athletic back in 2011, in what was somewhat of a surprise transfer. Since then the fullback has struggled to cement his place at Arsenal, and due to the emergence of Hector Bellerin two seasons ago, the Englishman spent a season and a half on loan at fellow London club, West Ham.
Jenkinson had a solid, if not impressive first spell with the East London club. He quickly cemented himself as West Ham’s first-choice right-back and impressed many pundits. The following season, (the 2015/16 season) Jenkinson once again returned to West Ham on a season-long loan. In January this year, however, Jenkinson suffered a significant knee injury which saw himself ruled out for the season and returned to Arsenal.
As reported by the Express, Jenkinson will return to first-team training next week, as he confirmed on his Twitter page, ‘Back in full training tomorrow. Feel like a little kid on Christmas Eve’.
With Debuchy seemingly surplus to requirements, while Hector Bellerin is firmly entrenched as the first-choice, Jenkinson could well provide Arsenal with an adequate backup.