Report: Arsenal to offer Carl Jenkinson new contract

West Ham United and Sunderland are reportedly interested in Arsenal defender Carl Jenkinson.

Arsenal will offer Carl Jenkinson a new contract this summer, according to The Sun.

The England international defender joined the Gunners from Charlton Athletic in 2011 and has a contract until June 2018.

The right-back has struggled to play regularly for Arsenal and was sent out on a season-long loan deal to Premier League rivals West Ham United in the summer of 2014.

However, it seems that the North London outfit do not want to lose the 23-year-old right-back and see him as part of their long-term plans.

The Sun claims that Arsenal will offer Jenkinson “fresh terms to extend his current deal past 2018” but will allow him to leave the Emirates Stadium on loan for the 2015-16 campaign.

Good news for Sunderland and West Ham United?

This will come as good news for Sunderland and West Ham, both of whom are keen on securing the services of Jenkinson this summer.

West Ham co-chairman David Gold recently told BBC Sport that the club “will work tirelessly to bring in” the Englishman, while The Mirror reported last week that Sunderland already have a loan agreement with Arsenal.

Jenkinson gave a good account of himself at West Ham in the 2014-15 campaign and was one of the Hammers’ better players.

The 23-year-old created 22 chances, had a pass accuracy of 78% and a shot accuracy of 60%, and won 22 headers, 11 dribbles and 26 tackles in 32 Premier League appearances.

At this stage of his career, Jenkinson needs to play regularly, and it makes sense for him to leave the Emirates on a loan deal.

The Englishman is not going to slot into the Arsenal starting line-up next season, as he will have Mathieu Debuchy and Hector Bellerin ahead of him in the peking order.

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