Arsenal have confirmed the sale of Carl Jenkinson to Championship side Nottingham Forest. The Gunners will get £2M for the right back, and the deal includes a sell on clause. Jenkinson joined Arsenal in 2011, and his seven years with the club would have made him the second-longest tenured Gunner this season behind the now also-departed Laurent Koscielny.
Jenkinson was never quite able to crack the ranks of the first-choice players at Arsenal. Early in his Gunner career, his starts came when Bacary Sagna was either injured or deputizing at centerback. The subsequent emergence of Héctor Bellerín cemented Jenkinson’s status as a reserve right back and led to his being loaned out for three of four seasons from 2014-18.
It seemed that every transfer window, Jenkinson was linked with a move away from North London. Last year, his scarce playing time even with Bellerín out for the season made it obvious that he was not part of the Gunners’ long-term plans.
The move makes sense for both Arsenal and Jenkinson. The club gets some cash to put towards additional transfers and clears some deadweight wages. Jenkinson, only 27-years old, gets a fresh start and a shot at regular playing time.
Carl Jenkinson lived the dream. He grew up an Arsenal supporter and played for his beloved club. Best of luck Carl, you’ll always be a Gooner.