Carl Jenkinson has revealed one of the reasons he moved from Arsenal to West Ham United on loan, as well as praising fellow Hammers loanee and former Gunners teammate Alex Song.
The full-back was speaking to West Ham TV to discuss his move and his imminent return to the team after suffering hamstring injury during pre-season.
Jenkinson revealed that the Hammers’ summer business had helped him decide on temporarily swapping the Emirates Stadium for Upton Park.
“We’ve made some great signings and that was half the reason I joined,” he said. “The club is clearly making a big push this season and we’ve signed some more players since I signed. I think that’s a real sign of intent.”
Jenkinson may have thought his time had come at Arsenal following the summer departure of Bacary Sagna, and yet with Mathieu Debuchy and Calum Chambers swiftly signed, it seemed the 22-year-old was even further down the pecking-order than before.
However a successful loan stint could force Arsene Wenger into a re-think; not that Jenkinson appears to be thinking beyond the current campaign for now.
He seems particularly pleased to have Alex Song at the club after the former Arsenal player completed a loan move of his own from Barcelona.
“He is a top player and West Ham have done very well to bring him in,” Jenkinson added.
“I wouldn’t say Songo is the most vocal lad in the world, but top players don’t always need to be. He leads by example by the way he plays and he gives players a lift.”
How far he lifts them remains to be seen, but West Ham have impressed with their summer business and they will be aiming to finish higher than last season.