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Carl Jenkinson signs new five year contract with Arsenal, then joins Premier League rivals on-loan

Arsenal defender Carl Jenkinson has re-joined Premier League rivals West Ham United on a season-long loan deal – not too long after signing a new five year contract with the Gunners, Mirror Sport reports.

The 23-year-old impressed during his 32 league appearances for the Hammers last season and they have reportedly beaten a number of Premier League clubs to the signature of the right-back.

A decision over Jenkinson’s future had to be put on hold as he represented the Three Lions’ at UEFA U21 European Championships earlier this summer, and despite three encouraging performances in the Czech Republic, he was unable to prevent England from crashing out at the group stage.

With Mathieu Debuchy and Hector Bellerin set to compete for the right-back berth at the Emirates Stadium this season, it appears manager Arsene Wenger has sent Jenkinson out on-loan once again in order for him to continue his rapid development.

The new long term deal suggests there is a great deal of faith in the Englishman and another strong spell at Upton Park will put him in strong contention to dislodge his two rivals upon his return next summer.

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