Report: Arsenal to offer Jenkinson new contract ahead of West Ham loan

Arsene Wenger is not ready to let the England international depart the club permanently just yet.

Arsenal are set to offer right back Carl Jenkinson a new deal this summer rather than sell him to a Premier League rival, according to the Mail, though they will then send the England international out on loan once more.

Jenkinson's contract runs until 2018, but Arsene Wenger saw enough in him on loan at West Ham last season to prefer to keep hold of the player, despite interest from the likes of the Hammers and Sunderland to acquire him permanently the Mail continues.

Arsenal currently have a wealth of talent at right back, with four players on their books who could expect to be either first or second choice in that role at the club.

Mathieu Debuchy was signed for big money from Newcastle last summer, but the French international had terrible luck with injuries and ended up missing most of his debut campaign for the Gunners. Considering Jenkinson was across London with the Hammers while this was happening, it meant early chances at regular first team football for both Calum Chambers, also signed last year and Hector Bellerin. The two young players had decent spells, with the Spaniard particularly impressive and potentially first choice right back if everyone is fit and present.

But it means that Jenkinson is even further from a first team role at the Emirates than he was this time last year, when he decided to initially head to the Hammers, and that is despite a strong season of regular Premier League football and a decent European Under-21 Championship with England.

Wenger knows that he has a player there in the 23-year-old, and is eager to keep hold of him at least a little longer, to either see if he moves up another level, or be able to be sold for more than he'd go for this summer.

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