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Carl Jenkinson says goodbye to Arsenal

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The life-long Gooner has joined Nottingham Forest

Carl Jenkinson Arsenal Magazine Shoot Photo by Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images

Carl Jenkinson wrote a heartfelt goodbye message to Arsenal fans and posted it to social media. It comes following today’s announcement that the right-back signed a three-year contract with Championship side Nottingham Forest.

Jenkinson has been with Arsenal since 2011 and was a part of Arsene Wenger’s “British Core”. This included Aaron Ramsey, Jack Wilshere, Kieran Gibbs and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. Jenkinson was the last remaining member of that group.

Five Arsenal Players Sign New Contracts Photo by Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images

The 27-year-old grew up in London as an Arsenal supporter. In fact his first photo shoot for the club was shot in his childhood bedroom which was adorned with Arsenal memorabilia.

Jenkinson made just 70 appearances for the Gunners as he spent most of his time on loan with West Ham United and Birmingham City. Despite this, he was loved by the fans as he himself is an Arsenal fan.

The move is a good one for Jenkinson as he will finally get the chance to play regular first team football.

He expressed his excitement at having a new challenge in his first interview for his new club:

I’m really happy that everything has been sorted out now and I’m looking forward to getting to the training ground and meeting the boys. From speaking to the head coach, it’s clear that the club has real ambition with the signings that have been made and although it is going to be tough to get out of this league, we’ll give it a real go this year.

Judging by the comments on Twitter, it appears that most Gooners, like us here at The Short Fuse, wish Jenko a lot of luck with the next phase of his career.