Does Arsenal's interest in Lowton and Corchia indicate a central role for Jenkinson?

Carl Jenkinson

Arsenal are reportedly on the lookout for a new right back with Bacary Sagna set to leave this summer, is Carl Jenkinson being underrated by Arsene Wenger or prepared for a new role in the defence?

Having secured the long term future of several key players throughout the season, this summer Arsenal fans will be looking forward to a transfer window where it is unlikely their biggest stars will leave the club.

The only real exception to this trend could be Bacary Sagna, who has intimated he would like to leave the Emirates in the past. However the Frenchman has spent much of the season out injured, and in his place Carl Jenkinson has proved a more than capable right back for Arsene Wenger.

It was even surprising when Jenkinson was dropped in favour of Sagna recently, and it has also been curious how Arsenal have repeatedly been linked with right backs in the transfer market. Aston Villa's Matthew Lowton is the latest name to be suggested as a target this summer, with Sebastien Corchia also apparently being considered.

The assumption that Jenkinson would be a natural first choice is now looking shaky, but perhaps this might not be because the 21 year old is not deemed good enough to hold down a right back position, but instead because he is being lined up to move into the centre of Arsenal's defence.

Jenkinson himself has said that he can play across the back line, and he has the physical attributes to play in that position combined with a decent reading of the game. Meanwhile Arsenal's existing centre backs have struggled at times this season, and now they have hit form there is reportedly increase from giants like Barcelona and Bayern Munich in the services of Thomas Vermaelen and Laurent Koscielny.

It could be argued that the 21 year old should replace Sagna in the starting line-up whether or not the Frenchman leaves the club, and it would be curious if Arsenal strengthened that position significantly this summer unless there is a different role being planned for Jenkinson.

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