Arsenal have built a stable platform to push on and claim a top 4 finish in the Premier League this season. The Gunners have managed to win their last nine matches across all competitions and are currently the most in-form team in the English top-flight. Unai Emery has been successful in implementing his brand of football at the Emirates Stadium, and it is paying dividends on the pitch.
Arsenal’s Forgotten Man, Carl Jenkinson
The North Londoners put five goals past Fulham at Craven Cottage last weekend with all of their front players firing on all cylinders. The form of Hector Bellerin has also been impressive at right-back with the Spaniard already securing two assists in 8 appearances for Arsenal. However, with Stephan Lichtsteiner playing second-fiddle to Bellerin at right-back, Carl Jenkinson has fallen down the pecking order even more at the Emirates.
The English defender is currently out of action with a severe ankle injury, and it looks increasingly likely that he would be the Gunners’ third-choice to feature in the right-back position. The 26-year-old spent last season out on loan at Birmingham City where he made just 9 appearances in all competitions.
What Can Jenkinson Add To Emery’s Team?
Recent injuries have hampered his chances of nailing down a permanent berth in the Arsenal first-team. On his day, Jenkinson can be a solid option at right-back as he is moderately quick and agile while he is also a capable defender. However, he is often guilty of losing possession and does not possess the same threat that Bellerin provides going forward. And realistically, Jenkinson is simply not good enough to be the first choice at Arsenal.
Does The English Defender Have A Future At Arsenal?
Now that Emery has another experienced right-back in Lichtsteiner at his disposal, maybe it is the right time for Jenkinson to move on to greener pastures as he looks to reignite his football career someplace else. The English full-back has the talents to bounce back from his recent shortcomings, but he needs a fresh start to do so.
Another loan deal in January could also provide him with a chance to prove his worth at a lower level and come back as a better player for the Gunners in the near future.
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