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Arsenal defender linked with January exit

Posted on December 13, 2016 by Milos Markovic

England international Carl Jenkinson has been reintroduced to the Gunners first-team fold this season, but the 24-year-old defender struggled to make his mark in the absence of injured Hector Bellerin.

His performances against Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain in November have been particularly below par and the England right-back looks set to leave Emirates during the January transfer window.

Having spent the previous two seasons on loan at West Ham, Jenkinson is in line for another loan spell, with Championship side Aston Villa keen to acquire his services when the transfer market reopens.

Villa manager Steve Bruce is looking to add vital reinforcements in order to make a promotion push in the second half of the season and Carl Jenkinson is reportedly identified as the top transfer target for the Villans.

Jenkinson would compete with Alan Hutton for a place in Aston Vila line-up, but a move to the Championship could be of great significance for a player who is looking to restore his shattered morale.

The 24-year-old defender was under the barrage of criticism for his most recent performances and a change of scenery could possibly help him earn valuable self-esteem and confidence.

Jenkinson could add great value to Aston Villa who are hoping to reach the play-offs and make a swift return to the Premiership.

The fourth successive home win moved Aston Villa one step closer to play-offs position, but the Villans are dwelling in 13th place in the standings and will need serious improvements in the second part of the season.

Steve Bruce is keen to add Jenkinson on a permanent deal and Arsenal appear to be willing to make it happen, albeit on a six-month loan as initial part of the agreement.

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