Last night, Carl Jenkinson tweeted this
"looking forward to tommorow :)"
Arsenal's latest signing was born on Feb. 8 1992 in Buckgyrst Hill, Essex to an English father and a Fininish mother and thus qualifies to play for both countries internationally. He made three appearances for England U-19s before switching allegiance to play for Finland U-21s. He is still eligible to represent both countries at senior international level.
The young player is a product of the Charlton Athletic youth system and had been at the club since the age of nine. Between 2009 and 2011, Jenkinson made nine league appearances for Charlton Athletic as well as captaining Charlton U-18s three times in the FA Youth Cup.
Carl is a versatile defender who can play at either right back or centre back, and as such, he will be able to provide cover for Bacary Sagna and Emmanuel Eboue, the only recognisable right backs on the Arsenal first team. In the event of injury or suspensions, he may also be able to fill in at centre back.
Arsene Wenger recently admitted that Arsenal needed to improve the size of the squad after conceding a worrying number of goals through set pieces. He said
"We conceded very few goals from open play, most of them were from set pieces in a way you don't want to concede goals. It's something that's easy to correct. We need to improve the size of our squad. We need a bigger variety in the height of our players. We need to be more capable of fighting against some characteristics than we have been this season."
At 6'1", Carl Jenkinson fits the bill perfectly.
The South London Press report that Arsenal have agreed compensation of £2 million for him and only time will tell if it is money well spent. He is expected to wear the number 34 shirt.