Arsene Wenger has always been reticent to recall players sent out on season long loan deals. However, Arseblog News is wondering whether Mathieu Debuchy’s imminent departure might see the boss retrieve Carl Jenkinson from West Ham to provide cover for Hector Bellerin.
The 23-year-old, whose dad sang backing vocals on Bonnie Tyler’s ‘Total Eclipse of the Heart’, is currently undertaking a second spell at Upton Park but has fallen down the Hammers’ defensive pecking order after a rocky spell of form earlier in the season.
The right-back, capped once by England, impressed last year under Sam Allardyce but has spent a fair portion of the last seven weeks on the sidelines with new boss Slaven Bilic preferring to deploy centre-back James Tomkins at full-back.
Further to the above, West Ham are close to completing a £3.7 million deal for Leeds United’s right-back Sam Byram.
The 22-year-old, who has already made close to 150 appearances for the Elland Road outfit, is due to join in the coming days with chairman David Sullivan yesterday telling Sky Sports News:
“We hoped to sign Sam Byram in the summer when he was out of contract at Leeds but in the last few days it looked like he was going to Everton.
“We realised it was now or never so we had to pitch in and attempt to sign him.
“Hopefully that will go through in the next 24 hours. Everything is in agreement with him and the club.”
While Arsenal’s need to add depth in the right-back slot isn’t explicit – both Calum Chambers and Mathieu Flamini can play the role should Bellerin need a rest – recalling Jenkinson might be an interesting option if he’s unlikely to garner regular game time in the second half of the season.
We’ll see. If it does happen, it would be quite a ‘Turn around’ on the part of the boss.