Carl Jenkinson not expecting to aid injury struggles at Arsenal

Carl Jenkinson

Arsenal have seen Mathieu Debuchy ruled out with a shoulder injury, but Carl Jenkinson does not believe that he can be freed from a loan at West Ham United.

Carl Jenkinson has told Sky Sports that is unaware of any release clause in his loan deal at West Ham United that would allow Arsenal to take him back to Emirates Stadium.

A return to the Gunners has been mooted in the wake of another injury setback for Mathieu Debuchy.

The French defender is facing up to three months on the sidelines after damaging his shoulder in a Premier League meeting with Stoke City, with Arsene Wenger confirming as much in quotes carried by The Guardian.

It is the second time this season that the former Newcastle United full-back has taken in a lengthy spell on the treatment table, with ankle ligament damage suffered earlier in the campaign.

Arsenal had allowed Jenkinson to link up with West Ham as they considered themselves to be well-stocked in defensive areas.

They are now counting the cost of that decision, with England U21 international Jenkinson expected to see out a season-long agreement with the Hammers.

He told Sky Sports News HQ on Thursday: “To be honest, I’m not 100 per cent of the ins and outs, but I’m not sure if I can be recalled. I’m not sure if it’s in my loan agreement.

“It’s another thing that is out of my hands and I’m enjoying my football here at the moment. I’m not even looking at any other situations.”

  TeamGoal AssistTotal CrossTotal TackleInterceptionTotal PassAppearancesMins Played
Carl Jenkinson West Ham 2 85 24 18 410 17 1,317
Mathieu Debuchy Arsenal 0 23 26 17 369 10 808

Jenkinson has been impressing at Upton Park while a man brought in last summer to provide competition at right-back has endured a tough time at Arsenal.

The 22-year-old hit the ground running after moving from north to east London and has been a key part of Sam Allardyce’s plans.

He is now hoping to help the Hammers into Europe, with a top-five finish still very much on the cards.

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