Arsenal defender eyed up by Premier League rivals - why he should be let go

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Stoke City are being linked with a swoop to sign Arsenal full back Carl Jenkinson on a season-long loan deal.

Arsenal may have captured Barcelona's Alexis Sanchez in an exciting £32m deal, but there are other areas of the Gunners side that need strengthening too – most notably at right back. Long serving Frenchman Bacary Sagna has left North London for Manchester City, and Gunners boss Arsene Wenger must now move to replace him this summer.

It seems that Newcastle United's French international Mathieu Debuchy will secure a deal with Arsenal this week after the Gunners had a reported £8m bid accepted for the former Lille man, and whilst the 28-year-old will be the obvious replacement for Sagna in the starting XI, Wenger appears to be intent on adding another right back too.

Atletico Madrid's Javier Manquillo has made just six appearances for the La Liga champions, but at just 20, he is highly regarded and tipped to have a great future ahead of him. Diego Simeone's side want to keep the Spanish Under-20 international in the capital, and will only loan him out for now - which makes it that much more confusing that Arsenal want him.

Late last week, it was reported that Arsenal were looking to land Manquillo on loan for the season with a view to a permanent move, and whilst adding depth behind Debuchy is a wise move, it raises question marks over the future of former Charlton defender Jenkinson.

The 22-year-old, who has one England cap to his name, has been the second choice to Sagna for so long, and it looked like it would be the same behind Debuchy too. Yet Arsenal's pursuit of Manquillo now leaves Jenkinson edging closer to the exit, with Arsenal unlikely to carry four right backs in their squad next season, and Hector Bellerin considered a bright prospect.

It therefore makes sense for Wenger to loan Jenkinson out for the season, and with Stoke looking to bring him to the Britannia Stadium, it could be the perfect loan move. Jenkinson can now progress with first team football under Mark Hughes, and if he returns in a year's time and Wenger still isn't convinced then they can look to sell him, but Jenkinson deserves an extended run of Premier League football to develop and prove his worth - and the proposed deal with Stoke would certainly allow him to do just that.

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