Arsenal star set to sign new contract ahead of Emirates Stadium departure

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Arsenal star Carl Jenkinson is set to sign a new long-term contract before being loaned out next season, reports the Metro.

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The 23-year-old was sent out on loan last season, and impressed at Upton Park during his time there. It could be that he either returns to the Hammers, or joins Sunderland, Stoke, or Southampton, who are all interested in his signature, according to the Metro.

However, this news will still be a slight blow to Slaven Bilic’s side, who the Daily Mirror reported as still having hope they could get the right-back permanently this summer. Sunderland have already had a loan offer accepted according to the Mirror, so the East London outfit could end up missing out on the defender all together.

Arsene Wenger is letting the England international leave temporarily due to the glut of options he currently has at right-back.

The Frenchman signed Mathieu Debuchy last summer, but the defender struggled with injuries throughout the campaign. As a result, youngsters Calum Chambers and Hector Bellerin were given chances and both succeeded to certain degrees, with the latter winning out as a starter in the end.

This has left Jenkinson fourth in the pecking order, and surplus to requirements. However, his manager still seems to want to keep the former Charlton man, perhaps thinking he is set to improve even further with more game time next season.

Jenkinson spent last season on loan at Upton Park, and impressed during Sam Allardyce’s final season at the club. The England international managed 32 appearances, contributing two assists.

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