According to Crystal Palace boss Sam Allardyce, they have reached an agreement with Arsenal for the permanent transfer of Carl Jenkinson.
A long time loan target, Jenkinson finally had a chance to find a spot on the Arsenal team this season but never really impressed. Last week, Wenger hinted that Carl’s days in the red and white were numbered and this morning, Big Sam makes it appear it’ll happen very soon.
SA: I think that's negotiation between the chairman and the agent, but we appear to have an agreement with Arsenal [for Jenkinson].— Crystal Palace F.C. (@CPFC) January 16, 2017
Jenkinson joined Arsenal from Charlton Athletic in 2011 and made 62 appearances, netting a solitary goal in that time. Always working in the shadow of the 1st team, whether Bacary Sagna or Hector Bellerin, he never emerged as a solid second string option that after two years loaned to West Ham and a serious knee injury, it seemed pretty clear he was not in Wenger’s long term plans.
It had generated a fair amount of interest from clubs in the league and now it appears Palace shall enjoy his services.
Arsenal now appear set to rely on Gabriel as their right-back back up, with Mathieu Debuchy still injured and potentially also on the way out. Search for another option at the position will likely occur in the summer.