First Summer Signing: Carl Jenkinson joins The Arsenal

It all kicked off yesterday when Carl Jenkinson tweeted…

looking forward to tommorow :)

And then today, at roughly one o’clock, we were all presented with the latest tweet…

cant begin to describe my happiness in joining my boyhood club, a big thank you to all the Arsenal fans who have welcomed me on here :)

He needs to learn to capitalise his sentences, but he is a very interesting player who we have been linked with for quite some time.

Yes, I know Jordan Henderson moved to Liverpool for £20m and Phil Jones to Man United for £16m, but let’s not let that distract us from what Arsene is trying to do. Yes, I know it’s annoying when your main rivals spend money on players – players you’d like to have at your club too. But there are more players available and at £15m, it’s a high price for Phil Jones. We had previously bid £6m last summer, £8m in January and apparently went back with a £10m bid in May. We lost out for probably one of two reasons – firstly the club, Blackburn obviously want the most money, and if Man United end up paying that amount for a player they want, that’s up to them – and secondly, the player himself preferred the move to United – mostly for family reasons baring in mind United’s location.

Arsene is willing to spend £10m, £12m or £16m on a player if he’s right for us, and he was in for Phil Jones, so that can be looked at in a positive way. Real life isn’t championship manager, you can’t just keep on throwing money at clubs and players if you’re running to a budget. I’m sure Arsene has plans for our defensive frailties…

Back to Carl Jenkinson and who is he?

Well, he is a right back by trade, but has also played centre back and I believe, left back too (as the video below shows). He has been signed from Charlton for an undisclosed fee – believed to be roughly £2.5m. Despite only having played 9 times for the first team, he’s a very promising player…

Charlton manager Chris Powell was the first one to praise the kid after his move and said this:

“I want to put on record how much I admire Carl as player and, more importantly, as a young man. I wish him well on behalf of all the staff and players, because it’s a dream move for him. If he grows into the right-back we all feel he could be, we could be talking about a player playing at the highest level for a long time.”

That’s a glowing report from his former manager, and there has been a lot of noise about him and his potential for quite some time. I am really glad we’ve signed him, and he’s a pretty tall player too… Powell continued:

“Carl’s another one who has come from our youth programme, and if he follows in the footsteps of the likes of Scott Parker and Jonjo Shelvey, it will be great for him. We will always look back at his time with us with fondness because he’s been with us since he was an U9 player, and we hope he brings all the values that’s he’s learned here to Arsenal. I’m sure under the guidance of Arsene and his team, he could blossom into a wonderful player.”

Let’s hope the young man lives up to his billing. It would a be a brilliant piece of business if he did…

Let’s watch him in action…

Good stuff hey?

Til tomorrow my friends, til tomorrow…

  • BodyThief

    Carl who…??? Hmmm, the good thingis he can cover all back four positions, the problem is there’s a pecking order for every one of the four positions, and unless either/or/both (?!) Eboué and Clichy DO leave the club (as is rumored all over the news), promising Carl woud be a benchwarmer at best…

    Afer all, now that Vermaelen’s (supposedly) back and now that there’s going to be (apparently) competition between Scillaci and Djorou for the other center back position, young Carl is destined for a loan to QPR at best…?!

    And he’s “tall” at a mere SIX FEET…??? Are you kidding…???

  • kronke

    I’m not too fussed about Fabregas leaving. I, for one, didn’t mind if he left last season. For a club of our stature, building a team around one player – one who seems unstable, passively disruptive, recently injury prone and not fully committed to our cause – is a mistake. He brings delightful passing, vision and tempo control to our play – but I think we can replace this with Nasri (who I think can give us all that Fabregas can, maybe not as well but certainly with an added bit of ‘oomph’ – PLUS he can shoot a lot more accurately and beat players better with the ball going forward, and wreaks serious havoc with his movement!) and Wilshere. Then maybe have Song or Ramsey (or another DM) sit behind… or we could even keep things dynamic in the midfield and make us a little less predictable. I like the idea of three midfielders who are intelligent, good on the ball and can pick out a pass, but also work hard to track back and try to win the ball back. All this AND the responsibility will be shared better around the team rather than placed squarely on the shoulders of one player. Nasri is my favourite player at Arsenal (joint fave with RvP), and I think he could be the complete midfield package for us in a few years. I really do! I’m not saying let him hold us to ransom, but by golly let’s work something out with this kid! And fast!

  • patrick

    Just been reported on Radio Cataluña (no it is not Catalunya, you are part of Spain so you will speak Spanish you inbred wannabe French gypo fucktards) have reported we have come to a ‘preliminary agreement’ with Barca over Cesc transfer. Hopefully we will get a decent price or a swap deal and this can all finally be over.
    _________________
    Arsene knew

  • arseneknows

    it could actually be that Nasri is waiting to see if Cesc stays! meaning that if he leaves so will Nasri..

    be careful what you wish for folks….

  • patrick

    @arseneknows – thinks you need to change your name mate ;-)

  • arseneknows

    @ patrick:
    ha
    put it like this – if it all goes pear shaped this summer (meaning we don’t sign experienced/good players)
    then i’ll change my name to;

    patrickknowsmorethanarsene

    if however Arsene does da business then I’ll still change my name but to;

    oipatrickarsenestillknows

    back at ya dude

    peace

  • steve68

    If anything concrete comes out of the purported talks,it will really help with the cause of the team.I wonder who would be on the bench of the two because Vameleen should be very ready for the start of the season.Both are really good defenders though and i really hope the deals go through so that Wenger could be spoilt for choice in defence and let Squillaci go.The other central defenders can play in lesser competitive games.Hope to see both guy in the Emirates cup for further assesment.RVP also needs alot of support so a good striker is needed and a midfielder(holding).Our young players just cannot play as many games

  • kronke

    If we finish above Man U and Chelski next season it will be a miracle. Haven’t you learned anything from the past six years? Wenger has lost his hunger and his cojones. The board aren’t interested in anything other than securing CL cash. It’s a recipe for complacency. Has last season been wiped from your memory banks so quickly? Great teams don’t fall apart the way we did. Great teams fight for honours. I think you’re kidding yourself because we aren’t on the up, marcelle. If anything we’re standing still and, in effect, that means we’re actually going backwards as other teams strengthen and we dither.

  • kronke

    Is it just me, or does AFC Ajax have everything Arsenal needs right now?

    The team, famed for its academy’s youth development and their attacking style of play, have 3 players that would fit Arsenal perfectly IMO.

    1. Jan Vertonghen: Nearly 6’3″, who partnered with Vermaelen at Ajax until TV5 joined Arsenal. Also Belgian, leading to even better chemistry with Vermy. I assume they partner together at the back of the national team. 24 and ready for the next step in his career; valued at 9-12 million Euros according to goal.com

    2. Gregory van der Wiel: An emerging worldclass talent at rightback with an attacking mindset. 6’0, fast, only getting better at 23. Would be far more dynamic than Sagna, and already has 108 games with 9 goals for Ajax. Did not have a stellar campaign with the team in 10/11 and valued at about 12m Euros by goal.com

    3. Maarten Stekelenburg: Nearly 6’6″, in the peak of his development at 28, playing fantastic in the last few years. Conceded only 6 goals in WC2010 in 7 matches, two from penalties. Would be more than familiar with Vertonghen, vd Wiel and perhaps Vermaelen. Value suggested to be 10 million Euros according to goal.com

    Fucking take 40 for Cesc and sign these three up, that’s what I’d do. Sure they’ve only played in the Eredivisie but that didn’t stop TV5 from having a dominant first season with Arsenal. Not to mention Dutch/Belgian internationals aren’t anything to scoff at. Besides, how often can you buy 3 players at once who all would contribute to your team’s weak area AND all be familiar/experienced with each other?

    That being said, I bet they’ll be split between City, Chelsea and Bayern for about 10-15 each.

  • yemi

    How true is this ? “Arsenal make surprise move for Uzbekistan captain Odil Ahmedov”

    Who the hell is this ?

  • yemi

    Can anyone confirm this ? “Hulk got of a plane from Brazil. Apparently arsenal’s london coleny training base is his destination”

  • AmriGooner

    @ yemi:
    I hope both are true.
    About Ahmedov,I watched him in Asia cup and he is a very very good player. And still young I think.
    I think both of them would be great signings Hulk and Ahmedov.

  • divyes

    ha ha seems like nasri is gone

  • Steve

    @ Yemi

    So Red & White holdings have more influence that Stan.

    Should see an influx of US players soon

  • Steve

    @ Kronke

    Seems a plan to me with players from Ajax best we also import a known Dutch ex player now coach in NL to groom to replace AV perhaps he can encourage shooting instead of passing to Cesc

    I also agree on the Cesc note if he goes give Nasri, Cesc’s money etc.

    It’s early but agree I’d like to see any new players at the cup – new players need time to bed in.
    One reason I think people have been harsh on Chamakh