Whether Arsenal should send the right-back out on loan remains up for debate but if they do which teams would take him on board?
Arsenal owe quite a debt to Carl Jenkinson for his form at the start of the season. In the absence of first-choice Bacary Sagna due to a broken leg the Anglo-Finn put in a series of impressive performances to keep Arsenal in the fight in the Premier League and in particular the Premier League.
The 20-year-old’s form even culminated in an England call-up but as Sagna neared his return to first-team action Jenkinson’s form started to drop off. This culminated in a couple of very poor displays against Swansea City and Olympiakos at the start of December; both of which Arsenal lost. Since this fixtures he has not featured for The Gunners as he was given a rest after a sudden step up in activity had took its toll on the still maturing young man.
Now however Arsene Wenger is reportedly considering sending him out on loan to continue to getting first team football.
While that may be a questionable decision in regards to Sagna’s recent injury record and the lack of potential cover in the right-back position some form of loan-deal with an immediate recall scheme implemented could certainly work for both parties.
Crystal Palace reportedly had an offer rejected by Jenkinson himself earlier in the week so who could snap him up until the end of the season?
A return to his former club would not be too stressful for the young man and a player of his class and ability would be welcomed back with open arms at The Valley. Charlton have been on a great run of form recently and would see the acquisition of Jenkinson as a great coup in their hunt for an unlikely play-off spot.
Harry Redknapp is clearly not sure on many of his right-back options and with Jose Bosingwa outcasted for his recent behaviour strengthening that position could be a key factor to preventing the club from relegation.
With the injury to Nathaniel Clyne Nigel Adkins has been forced to play midfielder Jack Cork out of position at right-back to facilitate Maya Yoshida playing in the centre of defence. While Cork has performed admirably in his auxiliary position they miss his bite from the heart of midfield; which has been a major force behind their recent resurgence. Jenkinson on loan till the end of the season could be a perfect option.
Who hasn’t played at full-back in the Sunderland team this season? Jack Colback, Seb Larsson, Craig Gardner and James McLean have all filled in due to a shortage of options and bringing in Jenkinson on loan could help ease the multi-positional burden off the shoulders of these midfield men.
Should Arsenal send Carl Jenkinson out on loan?
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