Report: Arsenal make decision over West Ham bid to sign Carl Jenkinson

Carl Jenkinson

Arsenal plan to loan Carl Jenkinson out to West Ham again next season.

Arsenal have made a decision regarding the future of right-back Carl Jenkinson, report The Telegraph.

Jenkinson has been on loan at West Ham United for the past season, who the paper report are keen to sign him on a permanent deal.

Arsenal are said to have decided not to sell the England under-21 international, but instead are willing to sanction a second successive year on loan.

The Hammers are still mulling the option over, and it is possible they do not act either way until they appoint a new boss. With their Europa League campaign set to start in just over a month however, they could be prompted to act quickly.

For Arsenal the decision makes sense. Jenkinson is clearly talented, already earning a senior England cap and is a boyhood Gunners fan. With conceivably over a decade ahead of him at the top level, letting him go could prove to be a big mistake.

They are well set at right-back with Calum Chambers, Hector Bellerin, and Mathieu Debuchy. 

Debuchy was bought as a short-term option, and if injuries ruin his second season at the club or fails to dislodge Bellerin, Jenkinson could return and Arsenal move the Frenchman on.

Arsenal must also bear in mind Bellerin's capacity to one day return to Barcelona; and if they fail to avoid that situation and have let Jenkinson go, questions would be asked.

West Ham must now make a decision whether to look for a more long-term option, or simply take Jenkinson for another year and hope down the line Arsenal can be persuaded differently in a year's time.

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