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Could Jenks Find The Centre Ground?

Since Bacary Sagna confirmed that he was going to leave Arsenal when his contract expired, the question of who will replace him has led to much speculation. The answer is seemingly Mathieu Debuchy with the media reporting his transfer to be nearly done. However there are now claims we are close signing Spain U-20 international Javier Manquillo from Atletico Madrid.

Hypothetically speaking, if both Debuchy and Manquillo join then where does that leave Carl Jenkinson? There are reports saying that he will go to Newcastle either permanently or on loan, which would be a shame as he is a life long Gooner living the dream that we all would love to dream making him a fan favourite. Seeing 'The Corporal' leave the club may not have to happen. It could be that Arsene Wenger may have a different plan altogether and to develop him into a Centre Back which I believe that he can do successfully.

He played there at youth level and at Charlton and with his physical presence at 6ft 1ins tall he is certainly built for it. He is strong, combative in the air and he likes to put in a challenge along side having a bit of pace about him to use against fast attackers and as a recovery tool, which is what the modern centre half needs. His defensive play has come on leaps and bounds since he joined and working alongside an Arsenal legend in Steve Bould and 3 international experienced centre backs will certainly aid his development.

If this turns out to be the case and Debuchy and Manquillo sign, then having a Centre Back quartet with Jenkinson as the 4th choice makes that back line look stronger than last season. We will just have to wait and see what unfolds.

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Writer: itsup4grabsnow Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday July 13 2014

Time: 11:31PM

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Sounds interesting and worth the consideration. Only trouble is Jenks isn't matured for that role. CB play requires calm heads for the right decision to be made; whether clearing the ball to safety, heading clear and away from danger, making last ditch tackles or staying disciplined (not losing your nan). The number of times Jenks has transgressed in more than two of the scenarios painted above gives one no comfort if that's the plan, to try him in a CB role. But, who knows, it may just bring out the best in him. All the speculation can't be doing his confidence much good, though.
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14/07/2014 00:06:00

Either way he won't get enough minutes at Arsenal to grow into the role - either role - so I think a loan deal is best for him. He's got potential but has to play to realize it. Don't we have some sort of loose agreement with a team in Netherlands? Send him there on loan, let him learn about positioning and link-up play without having to deal with the speed and ferocity of the English game.
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14/07/2014 00:17:00

That is the only negative, he might not get the minutes as you say elbondo, but I still think he could make it as a centre back and I seem to recall him saying something about wanting to play there in the future. He is still a work in progress Naijagunner for sure but remember Kolo Toure was a midfielder when he joined before he was converted to a centre back so who knows, it could turn out well!
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14/07/2014 00:30:00

If I had known Rocky was going to put it up as an article I would have written this better! lol
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14/07/2014 00:32:00

itsup4grabsnow thanks for your article. I feel that Jenks has all the attributes to make it as an Arsenal player, however a lot of us on here realise that the lad needs games under his belt. He has the speed & heart taken care of already. A more mature reading of the game and confidence are key attributes required for a defensive role. I can see Wenger farming him out if we strengthen or he will remain and become a utility player for both full back positions. COYG.
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