Arsenal right-back Carl Jenkinson has been reduced to making appearances for the reserve side in the Premier League 2 this season, featuring more times for the U23s (6 appearance) than he has for the first-team (5 appearances in all competitions).
Manager Arsene Wenger froze out the former Charlton Athletic man after Jenkinson failed to agree personal terms with Crystal Palace when the Eagles tried to sign him this season, and he’s expected to be up for sale this summer or released at the end of his deal in 2018 otherwise.
The 25-year-old, who joined Arsenal from Charlton in 2011, hasn’t progressed enough in his six years at the Emirates Stadium to force his way into the first-team on a regular basis. Hector Bellerin edged his way in front of Jenkinson some time ago, as did Mathieu Debuchy for a brief period, and it looks like the two will be parting ways this summer.
Championship clubs or low-level Premier League sides could well be interested in Carl Jenkinson but it’s up to the player to accept deals put before him. The English international rejected Palace to stay on more money at Arsenal but may consider a move to ensure his career doesn’t spiral.
He last featured for the Arsenal first-team in November 23 against Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League group stage, instead more recently turning out for the reserves against Reading U23s earlier this month. Does Jenkinson have a future at Arsenal?