Arsene Wenger gives Carl Jenkinson hope for the future despite Hector Bellerin deal

The England international has been on loan at West Ham United this season.

This week there has been plenty of discussion over the future of promising Arsenal talent Hector Bellerin. It has been widely reported, including by The Mirror, that Arsenal will be offering the former Barcelona youngster a new deal. The right-back, who turns 20 next week, has been in impressive form for The Gunners this season - playing in 17 games across all competitions.

In the summer Bellerin was probably wondering where first-team football was going to come from. After Bacary Sagna left, Arsenal signed Mathieu Debuchy and Calum Chambers. However, Debuchy has been injured for much of the campaign, Arsene Wenger clearly prefers Chambers at centre-back and the other barrier, Carl Jenkinson, was loaned out by the club.

He joined West Ham United for the season, where he has been very impressive for much of the campaign.

With Bellerin’s apparent new deal on the horizon, it looked like Jenkinson would be on his way out of Arsenal permanently, with West Ham undoubtedly ready to snap him up.

But Wenger’s comments today, as reported by, seem to suggest that is not the case.

The Arsenal boss stated the following:

"That is true [Bellerin will be offered a new deal].

"Will it impact on Carl Jenkinson? At the moment in my head, no."

Whether that means he sees Jenkinson staying at Arsenal remains to be seen. Perhaps Wenger sees him playing centrally in the future, which could be his vision for his future. Or it could simply be that he is not pleased with the fitness of Debuchy this term and is not yet ready to give up on Jenkinson.

Time will tell just what Wenger has in store for Carl Jenkinson.

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