Carl Jenkinson’s protracted exit from Arsenal has hit a stumbling block with disagreements over wages with suitors Crystal Palace. The want-away right-back looked set for a switch to Selhurst Park after being made available for transfer by manager Arsene Wenger, but Eagles boss Sam Allardyce revealed the deal was “hanging in the balance” as a result of Jenkinson failing to agree personal terms.
“While we appear to have an agreement with Arsenal, that agreement with the player hasn’t reached a conclusion,” said Allardyce. There were claims that Arsenal were stalling the deal as they were short on options at right-back due to injuries to Hector Bellerin and Mathieu Debuchy. But given Gabriel Paulista has played as a makeshift fullback in Bellerin’s stead, Wenger was keen to rubbish such claims and has also placed the blame on Jenkinson.
“Jenkinson’s situation is not linked with (Bellerin’s) fitness. There is still a possibility he will got to Palace and now it is down to him to find an agreement with them,” he said. The 24-year-old has made just one Premier League appearance for Arsenal this season, amassing a paltry 408 minutes of playing time in all competitions. He’s failed to develop to the level of Bellerin to become a regular in the Gunners defence and Crystal Palace aren’t giving up in their pursuit for the player this month.