The business side of things started early for Arsenal this transfer window. Arsenal have announced that we’ve signed Carl Jenkinson from Charlton Atlectic. The 19 year old plays predominantly as a right back but can also double up as a left back or a centre back. There’s a couple of angle which one can look at this transfer.
First and foremost, he could be signed as one for the future. Meaning to say he’s not part of the first team furniture just yet and could be blooded in the reserves for a season or two. Another is that with Gael Clichy potentially not extending his contract with us, Jenkinson is being brought in as a possible back-up to Kieran Gibbs. This is of course pending reports of whether loan stints have done Armand Traore or Pedro Botelho any good.
However, I believe that this transfer signals the end of the Emmanuel Eboue’s time at Arsenal. That Jenkinson will learn the trade by being back-up to Bacary Sagna for the right back slot and be given his chances in the domestic cup competitions. Eboue’s contribution in the recently concluded season would not have earned him any good grace from the manager.
Buried together with this news is the contract extensions of 3 reserve players. Benik Afobe, Chucks Aneke and Oguzhan Ozyakup have agreed to stay on with us to further hone their talents and try to cross that bridge to first team football at the Grove. This is really good piece of work done by the club as the former two have the potential to do just that.
There was plenty of furore on various social networks about Samir Nasri’s recent comments. It was not particularly smart of him not to immediately distance himself from a potential move to Manchester United. But in no way does that mean he is definitely leaving either. Perhaps we should all reserve our comments like he advice us here, and just wait for the outcome of the contract talks. If Liam Brady is confident we can keep him, I’m sure we can all put a little more faith in the words of a real Arsenal legend.
Catching up on some earlier news from the past 5 – 6 days, it seemed that with international games, players are still hounded for quotes. None made more headlines than this one by Robin Van Persie. There’s something lovely about players giving their honest opinions on matters and not just toeing the line with the club’s policies. Policies that I can understand, which are in place to make sure such controversies don’t happen. But I can’t help it if I think RvP’s absolutely right in his quotes. He of course went on to quash my delight by clarifying that he didn’t make those comments.
Meanwhile Henri Lansbury has returned from his loan stint at Norwich with renewed confidence and a target. That target is to emulate what Jack Wilshere has achieved, to establish himself in Arsenal’s first team. While Lansbury has good technical abilities, he is not exactly in the same mould of Cesc Fabregas, Samir Nasri or even Jack Wilshere. A couple of good performances at the European U-21 Championship will do his chances no harm. He will be the focus of Arsenal representative in Denmark as he is the only Arsenal player left in the England squad after the withdrawal of Kieran Gibbs. That is not good news for the aspiring left back. Already experienced a stop-start career in Arsenal colours, he needed the tournament to show his worth. Get well soon Kieran.
The Fabregas saga continues. I’m not sure how you think about it. For me, I’m sick of listening to this every year. I sincerely hope Arsenal and Barcelona sort it out. Either keep him for good (3 – 4 more seasons) or the Spanish comes up with the money to buy him. Not sure if a money plus player deal is what Arsene Wenger is looking for. Even Thiago Alcantara’s father seemed very sure that his son is staying. Legend, Nigel Winterburn is suggesting that Wenger seriously consider the sale if the right amount of money if offered.
If that sale do go through, suddenly there will be a massive amount of money available to bring in new players. Something of which Martin Keown, Wilshere, Theo Walcott and even Wenger himself agree. Agree with the bringing in new players bit, not necessary the Fabregas sale bit. This squad has been together for some time and it has not work the way we all wanted it to. Now, the time is nigh to cull the unwanted parts and replace them with better ones. Easier said than done but the Jenkinson transfer is the first step towards that direction.