Arsenal loanee loving life at West Ham - should they sign him permanently?

West Ham defender Carl Jenkinson says he's loving his loan spell at Upton Park.

West Ham United backed their manager Sam Allardyce this summer despite a 13th place finish and calls from fans for his sacking, and 'Big Sam' subsequently splashed the cash this summer.

Armed with a new 4-3-1-2 system and a host of signings - including Alex Song, Diafra Sakho and Enner Valencia - Allardyce has guided the Hammers into the top four after just over quarter of the season.

Five wins from the first 11 games have helped West Ham to 18 points this term, and home wins against Liverpool and Manchester City - last season's top two - have demonstrated the progress this season.

Another of Allardyce's summer signings is starting to impress, as Carl Jenkinson has started the club's last few games, making the right back spot his own.

The Arsenal loanee is finally getting first team football having been stuck behind Bacary Sagna at the Emirates Stadium, and admitted that he's loving life at West Ham.

"I said at the start of the season I didn`t want to have another year on the bench so I have gone out on loan and it is fantastic," said Jenkinson.

"I`m loving my football and we are doing really well. It`s a club going in the right direction, which is why I signed."

"It`s an exciting time to be a West Ham player - we have a lot of faith in the team and we can have a good season," he added.

Given the 22-year-old's displays so far this season, it would be little surprise to see West Ham look to make his loan move permanent, and the Gunners could offer him up in part-exchange for Hammers centre back Winston Reid.

Fans would almost certainly rather keep Reid than Jenkinson, but denying the New Zealand international a move to North London could be difficult, especially as Reid's contract expires in 2015 - leaving West Ham vulnerable to a low offer in January, which is where Arsenal could be willing to part with Jenkinson.

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