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23rd April 2019

Arsene Wenger opens door for Carl Jenkinson to return to first team action

    Published: 15 October, 2016
    By GEOFFREY SAWYER

    ARSENAL manager Arsene Wenger has opened the door for forgotten man Carl Jenkinson to fight for first team action.

    The defender, 24, has struggled to nail down regular football at the Emirates Stadium since becoming a surprise signing from Charlton Athletic for Wenger in 2011.

    He has been loaned to West Ham for the last two seasons, making more than 50 appearances for the Hammers, but has been sidelined for nine months with a knee injury.

     

    On Friday evening, he guested for more than an hour in the Arsenal Under-23s side which drew 0-0 with Southampton.

    “It’s down getting a little bit more competition,” said Wenger today (Saturday). “He has been out for a very long time and he’s able to compete now.”

    Jenkinson, who has not always convinced the home crowd, faces an uphill battle to dislodge Hector Bellerin, who has cemented his place at right back but has recently been linked with a move to Spanish champions Barcelona.

    Wenger, writing in the matchday programme ahead of Arsenal’s victory over Swansea at Emirates Stadium, added: “He [Jenkinson] has a fantastic mentality and has worked very hard to come back. He had the support of everybody here at the club and I think he has done extremely well.”

     

     

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