Carl Jenkinson in line for West Ham start - do Arsenal regret this deal?

Jenkinson has recovered from a hamstring injury and a time where his parent club are short of defensive cover, he could line up for West Ham against Liverpool.

West Ham right-back Carl Jenkinson is hoping for his first start for the club after returning from injury he picked up pre-season during Monday's 2-2 draw against Hull City at the KC Stadium.

Jenkinson is currently on loan from Arsenal - who could probably do with the defender himself given their current injury crisis. 

Arsenal don't have much defensive cover at the moment. An injury to Mathieu Debuchy in the 2-2 draw against Manchester City along with Callum Chambers reportedly having a problem ahead of the Champions League game in Dortmund in midweek, and Nacho Monreal also short of fitness has left Arsene Wenger short of defenders. Given that Jenkinson has been in and out of the side for the past couple of seasons - one wonders if it would have been wiser for Wenger to keep hold of their academy product for this season.

In a blog for the West Ham United website, Jenkinson wrote: "It was a good one to come on in, and I felt good. I feel strong and that's the most important thing.

"I'd love to make my home debut this weekend. Liverpool is a massive game and you want to be involved in matches like that. I've just got to work hard in training and then it's up to the gaffer if he thinks I'm fit enough.

"Over the season I want to show people what I can do and have a strong year for myself and more importantly for West Ham United."

Instead of helping out an Arsenal side that could do with defensive reinforcements at their disposal this weekend against Aston Villa, Jenkinson may line up for West Ham against Liverpool at Upton Park. He could help out his parent club in a different way of course by striking a blow against one of their rivals towards the top end of the Premier League.

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