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…