Arsenal full-back Carl Jenkinson has committed his long-term future to the Gunners by signing a five-year deal at the Emirates. However, the first year of his contract shall be spent elsewhere.
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The Daily Mirror report that West Ham – who had the 23-year-old on loan last season – have paid Arsene Wenger’s side £2m for the defender to return to the Boleyn Ground for another year.
Another loan spell is likely to be the best thing for the England international at this present time. While he enjoyed a promising year at Upton Park last year, he faces a lot of competition for a place in Wenger’s first-team.
Mathieu Debuchy and Calum Chambers began the last campaign as his main rivals for the position, before Hector Bellerin emerged on the scene and staked his claim to be considered as the first choice right-back.
Meanwhile, the Hammers currently lack the kind of depth that will allow them to concentrate an equal amount of energy across all competitions, including the Europa League. In Jenkinson, new manager Slaven Bilic has secured a talented defender, who has already developed an understanding with many of his squad.
And should the situation not change at the Emirates at the end of next season – which seems somewhat likely given Chambers’ and Bellerin’s age – he may decide to remain a West Ham player on a permanent basis.