Maybe in a sign of things to come in the summer, it has been reported in London that Newcastle United are interested in taking one of Arsene Wenger’s players on a season long loan.
The Evening Standard have stated Newcastle’s interest in Carl Jenkinson, the 22 year old right-back who has made only six Premier League starts this season as he’s had to play second fiddle to Sagna.
While Sagna is said to be likely to turn down a new contract and move on this summer, it is believed that Arsene Wenger is targeting a new first choice right-back, with Sebastian Jung top of his wish list. The Eintracht Frankfurt would be joining a growing band of German players at the Emirates with the Arsenal manager seeing real value and quality in that market moving forward.
Whatever happens, it is very unlikely that Jenkinson would end up as first choice and so Wenger will be prepared to let him go to get more experience, but not on a permanent deal.
Jenkinson was signed for around £1m from Charlton in 2011 and while he hasn’t managed to establish himself as first choice he has picked up plenty of experience, including twelve appearances in the Champions League.
An England Under 21 regular, the Arsenal right-back has also made one senior England substitute appearance in a friendly against Sweden.
It wouldn’t surprise anybody if Mike Ashley made full use of the loan market this summer after the success of Loic Remy, though the lack of goals from Luuk De Jong so far, shows that it is not always an instant fix.
Short-team deals look to be Ashley’s preference going forward as a cut price strategy of trying to hang onto a Premier League place.