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.
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.
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This is a message that is hard to write so I’m going to keep it short. I’m leaving Arsenal in pursuit of a new challenge and a fresh start, and ultimately to play regular football again. I can’t really put into words what it has meant to me to play for this club, but what I can say is I have truly lived my dream. This brings me to you, the proper Arsenal fans, as I have lived your dream too. It has been an up and down journey for me but I hope you all have seen how much it has meant to me and know that I have given it my all. I have played 70 games for Arsenal which if you told me I would do as a kid I would’ve laughed at you. I take many great memories and friendships from my time at this special football club, and it is a chapter in my life that I will cherish forever. I see a great future for this club under the current manager and coaching staff, and I look forward to seeing this unfold. As for now, I’ll take my seat back in the stand, as a fan, with the rest of you. With love, Jenko #afc
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.