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.