Carl Jenkinson

Arsenal’s first signing of the summer is Carl Jenkinson. Keeping his promise to add height to the squad and shore up the defence, Wenger opted for Charlton’s Jenkinson who is predominantly a right back but can also play centre back.

The nineteen-year-old follows Walcott and Ramsey out of the Championship and into Arsenal’s squad and here’s hoping he has as much talent as those two. Jenkins qualifies to play for both England and Finland and has already represented Finland at under twenty-one level.

Rumours around the transfer suggest that Jenkinson might have been a second choice after Phil Jones turned down Arsenal and opted to join Manchester United. The fee is rumoured to be around one million pounds but as always with Arsenal has not been disclosed.

So how much playing time do you think he’ll get next season? Could he replace Eboue as cover for Sagna? Could he be used as a sub to come on and help us hold onto a lead (we conceded lots of late goals this season)? Does Wenger see him as a centre back and might he put him in ahead of Bartley (20) and Miquel (18) or even Squillaci?

Is Jenkinson the only defensive signing we’ll make this summer? If the rumours about him being a second choice to Phil Jones are true then that would suggest links to Cahill or Samba were unfounded.

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Arsenal sign Carl Jenkinson