Arsenal defender Carl Jenkinson is set to join Crystal Palace after manager Sam Allardyce revealed the two clubs are close to agreeing terms. The Gunners fullback has failed to nail down a starting spot since his arrival from Charlton Athletic in 2011, making just over 60 appearances in his six years at the Emirates Stadium, and finally looks on his way out in an attempt to reignite his fledgling career.
“I think there are negotiations between the chairman and the agent, but we appear to have an agreement with Arsenal,” said Crystal Palace manager Sam Allardyce. Arsenal had loaned Jenkinson out to West Ham United for the last two seasons before including him in the first-team squad for 2016/17. However, he’s made just one league appearance for the Gunners this season and finds himself behind Hector Bellerin, Mathieu Debuchy and Gabriel Paulista in the pecking order.
With a lack of real development and prolonged game time in the first-team, Carl Jenkinson is open to a move elsewhere, and a move to another London club would be an attractive proposition. Arsenal have opted for centre-back Gabriel as a makeshift right-back instead of Jenkinson when Bellerin has picked up an injury this season which spells the end for the England international.