Garth Crooks: Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger should recall Carl Jenkinson from West Ham United

Carl Jenkinson

Former Tottenham Hotspur forward Garth Crooks says that Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger should try to get back Carl Jenkinson from West Ham United.

Former Tottenham Hotspur forward Garth Crooks believes that Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger should try to bring back Carl Jenkinson from West Ham United.

The 22-year-old defender was shipped out on a season-long loan deal to the Hammers in the summer transfer window after being deemed surplus to requirements at the Emirates Stadium.

Jenkinson, a former Charlton Athletic star, has been in impressive form for West Ham and was a key figure in the London outfit’s 3-1 home victory over Swansea City in the Premier League on Sunday.

“The 22-year-old's cross for Andy Carroll to equalise was a key moment in the 3-1 home win over Swansea,’ Crooks wrote on BBC Sport.

“What impressed me most about the on-loan Arsenal defender was the way he handled the very dangerous Jefferson Montero, who he kept quiet for most of the game.

“Compare that with the performance of Arsenal's Calum Chambers, who was destroyed by the Ecuadorian at the Liberty Stadium.

“I think Gunners manager Arsene Wenger should seriously consider bringing Jenkinson back. He needs defenders who are prepared to compete.”

Based on current form, Jenkinson would be a great (re-)addition to the Arsenal team, but once Mathieu Debuchy fully recovers, the English youngster is unlikely to get too many chances.

The reason why Wenger let Jenkinson leave was to allow him to get more playing time, and that is what he is getting at West Ham.

True, Calum Chambers has struggled recently, but that does not mean that Wenger should lose faith in the youngster and recall Jenkinson, if indeed that is possible at all.

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