Semi Official West Ham spokesman and Chairman’s son Jack Sullivan confirmed the news around 8.30pm this evening that Carl Jenkisnon has signed with West Ham on a season long loan.
Official confirmation followed shortlu afterwards around 9.15pm confirming “West Ham United are delighted to announce the arrival of defender Carl Jenkinson on a season-long loan from Arsenal.”
“It’s brilliant how it has turned out and I just want to thank the Gaffer and Mr Sullivan and Mr Gold because they put in a big push to get me here,” said the defender. “I’m clearly seen as a big part of things here and hopefully I can prove my worth here because it is an important year for me.I was flattered to have a lot of options but, deep down, if I was being honest with myself West Ham was always the place I wanted to go to. It’s one of them where I wanted to do the right professional thing and consider all the options, but in the back of my mind it was always West Ham and I’m just so glad it’s all worked out how I wanted it to in the end. It will be brilliant to play here. I’ve got a lot of friends who are West Ham fans and I know how good the supporters are here. I’ve played here a couple of times so I know exactly what it is all about, so it’s going to be fantastic to be a part of that, to be honest. You get a great atmosphere here and the fans are great, so I just can’t wait to get a West Ham shirt on and get on the pitch and play. This is an exciting time for me, it really is.”
Jenkinson is a product of the Charlton youth academy who was loaned Conference South side Welling United on loan in early 2010 before starting a three-month loan with Conference Premier side Eastbourne Borough in late 2010. He made his first appearance for Charlton Athletic in the Football League Trophy Southern Section semi-final clash with Brentford at Griffin Park in December 2010, playing the whole match in the right-back position. Jenkinson signed for Arsenal in June 2011, for a fee thought to be around £1 million.
In August 2011, Jenkinson made his Arsenal competitive debut in the final qualifying round of the UEFA Champions League against Udinese, coming on as a second half substitute, replacing the injured Johan Djourou early in the second half. Jenkinson made his Premier League debut against Liverpool also in August 2011, starting at right-back. He kept his place in the team, playing in the second leg against Udinese and then at Old Trafford against Manchester United in the Premier League, although he was sent off later in the game for a foul on Javier Hernández. He also assisted Robin van Persie to score Arsenal’s second in the game in a 8–2 loss against Manchester United.
Due to an injury to first choice right back, Bacary Sagna, Jenkinson started the first five matches of the 2012–13 season, and earned plaudits for his performance against Manchester City, among others. Jenkinson featured in all three of Arsenal’s opening games of the 2013–14 campaign as injuries to defenders Thomas Vermaelen and Laurent Koscielny forced Bacary Sagna to fill in at centre-back and Jenkinson to deputise at right-back. Despite Koscielny later returning, Jenkinson kept his place in the first-team after impressing against Fenerbahçe S.K. In May 2014 Jenkinson scored his first senior team goal for Arsenal in their 2-0 victory over Norwich City on the last day of the 2013-14 season.