According to various sources, Carl Jenkinson has agreed a contract extension with the club which will extend his current deal to 2018.
The former Charlton youngster showed why Arsene Wenger plucked him from obscurity with some whole-hearted, consistent displays this season and although he’s lost his place to the fit again Bacary Sagna, he’s shown enough for the club to quickly secure his future.
Speaking earlier this year, Arsenal fan Jenkinson spoke of his pride to represent the club he supports, while recent praise from Sagna and Arsene Wenger shows he’s on the right track.
“I am very, very happy and thrilled with what Jenkinson has done,” said the Arsenal manager. “What he has done is extremely promising and he is so young. Two years ago he was playing in League One, and where he is now is fantastic.”
It looks as if Jenkinson will make his England bow this week too, provided international clearance arrives from FIFA, and that Arsenal have tied up a deal with little fuss or fanfare is a sign that when there’s agreement on all sides there’s rarely much in the way of drama.
Clearly it’s at odds with some of the contract issues we’ve had in recent seasons, but in a highly positive way. Let’s hope he continues to make good progress.