There is a cliché that there is no smoke without fire, and that much certainly holds sway in respect of the right back position at Arsenal. In recent weeks, several right backs that will serve as backup have been linked to the club. However, following the signing of Mathieu Debuchy last week, Arsene Wenger apparently gave assurances about the future of Carl Jenkinson when he was asked about the role the young English right back will play in the coming season. Le prof said thus:
“There’s an interesting fight there. He is going to compete, of course. There is nobody today who can play 60 games at the top level – that’s why you always need two players.”
Those words came last Thursday when Mathieu Debuchy was unveiled, yet it was still at height of the speculation linking Javier Manquillo to the club from Altetico Madrid with a loan deal being mooted at the time for the 20 year old.
However, since the speculation linking the Spanish player to Arsenal stopped, another report have emerge of yet another right back being linked to Arsenal. He is 22 year old Catania defender Gino Peruzzi. He was part of the Catania team that was relegated from Seria A last season, making a total of 22 appearances. The report claims Arsenal are to hold talks with the representative of Catania in London with a view to thrashing out a deal.
In all this, what does these links says about Arsene Wenger’s confidence on Carl Jenkinson? It shows that despite Wenger’s assurances that Carl Jenkinson will compete for a place with Mathieu Debuchy, the various right backs still being linked to Arsenal, means such assurances does not stand on solid ground.
The same speculation was rife last summer that Carl Jenkinson would be sent on loan. But this time around, the reports have gone further to link players to the club as a direct replacement for him. Despite the fact that he is part of the British core at the club, his lack of technical nous and drawback at developing into a competent right back option must be playing on the manager’s mind.
Since his arrival in 2011, he has featured sparingly, but in few of those games he has put in some stellar performances especially against Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena in 2013. His call up to the England camp a couple of seasons ago was borne out of his steady performance then.
With all the continuous links of different right backs to the club, the end of the transfer window cannot come soon enough for Carl Jenkinson.