The Daily Mirror is reporting that Manchester City will try to poach Carl Jenkinson from Arsenal this summer, he shouldn’t do it.
If Carl Jenkinson need any more proof over why not to join Manchester City this summer, he needs to look no further than the example of Scott Sinclair.
Sinclair signed for City as a promising youngster from Swansea City and ever since he made that move, he hasn’t looked close to making it in the first team on a regular basis.
Furthermore, if it’s first team football that he wants then he’s guaranteed it at Arsenal if Bacary Sagna leaves this summer.
Sagna has been tipped to make a big move over to Paris Saint-Germain, which means Jenkinson will be the club’s first choice right back if that deal eventually materialises as many sources suggest it will do.
Arsene Wenger also seems much more suited to bringing on his game than Roberto Mancini.
Wenger has a proven history of taking young players, coaching them and turning them into superstars. The only problem is the club often struggles to hang onto these players when their profiles have exploded.
The sense in Jenkinson going to play for a manager who is arguably less suited to helping him in his immediate career is confusing and flawed.
If, and it’s a big if, City come up with a huge offer, Arsenal will be obliged to make Jenkinson fully aware of it.
If he went for a move, his role wouldn’t be any different to his current one at Arsenal. He’s unlikely to be the first choice right back at City so he may as well stay where he is. The only thing that may change that is the money factor.
He’d also be risking his reputation with Arsenal fans in a massive way who have been made to endure several key players already having left for Manchester City; Samir Nasri and Gael Clichy.
Arsenal fans don’t dislike him and see him as a key component in the club’s immediate future as the squad and team develops over the next couple of seasons. This is of course a very persona reason to stay but there’s no doubt he’d get horrific verbal abuse going back to the Gunners, if he jumped ship now.
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