The West Ham United loanee may have a bigger role to play for Arsenal in the future than many initially thought.
The young Spaniard is now undeniably Arsenal’s first-choice right-back, but Mathieu Debuchy’s horror show against Bayern Munich and his poor performances overall since replacing his young teammate in the starting line-up suggest Jenkinson could be a more sensible long-term back-up for Bellerin.
That will be bad news for those West Ham fans hoping Jenkinson ultimately signs on permanently with the Hammers – even if the 23-year-old only recently agreed a new long-term deal at the Emirates Stadium – but any lingering chance of that happening could now have gone.
Debuchy arrived at Arsenal as the first-choice right-back but he has gone backwards while Bellerin has shot ahead, and on recent evidence his future could well be away from North London.
The French international was torn apart by Bayern in the Champions League and he faired only slightly better against Tottenham Hotspur last weekend.
If he was an able deputy – and happy to wait for his chances in Bellerin’s absence – Debuchy could remain in North London for some time to come, but as it is expect him to move on with the current West Ham loanee heading back to his parent-club for good this summer.