Carl Jenkinson has joined teammate Cohen Bramall at St Andrews on a season long loan deal earlier this week. After falling out of favour at the Emirates stadium in recent years spending his time on loan with West Ham, Carl played well as a regular for 18 months under Sam Allardyce and Slaven Bilic.
According to reports from Birmingham Mail, the right-back revealed that the Blues Manager Harry Redknapp lofty ambition was the reason behind his move.
“When you listen to him talk all he’s got in the back of his mind is promotion. He’s very ambitious which mirrors me because I’m an ambitious lad and I wouldn’t have come here if I didn’t get the sense that this club was going places. It was frustrating come the end of the window that things didn’t work out how I’d wanted them to and then obviously I spent the back end of last season where I didn’t play…
That was my first experience when I’ve been fit for a very long time where I’ve not played. But that’s what it is and it’s a part of my career, as frustrating as it was. Everyone just agreed that I needed to play this year. I was told that I’d be able to go out on loan or whatever and I pushed for that as well because you don’t want to be somewhere where you’re not going to be playing…”
The English-born right back made just five appearances for the Gunners last season but carries on trying to get a foothold in the first team plans of Arsene Wenger. He still has three years remaining on his contract with Arsenal, his boyhood club so you have to admire his perseverance.
Anyway, it’s back to the Premier League the weekend as we prepare to visit Liverpool at the Anfield Stadium on Sunday after our dismal 1-0 defeat to Stoke last week.
More team news later but it looks likely that Alexis Sanchez and Laurent Koscielny will be coming back to the team, so we are in with a fighting chance of picking something up from another bogey ground, our first three away games being Stoke, Liverpool and Chelsea, thanks FA!