According to the Mirror, Birmingham City are on the verge of signing Cohen Bramall and Carl Jenkinson on season-long loan deals.
After the defeat to Stoke City on Saturday Arsene Wenger reaffirmed his intention to trim the first team squad having struggled this summer to move on players who’ve little chance of playing regularly.
Jenkinson, who has three years left on his current contract at the Emirates, nearly joined Crystal Palace in January but saw a move break down over his wage demands. He featured a couple of times for the Gunners last season but looked short of confidence after returning from a long-term knee problem.
A move to St Andrew’s would be Jenkinson’s third loan move since moving to Arsenal in 2011. He’s previously spent two seasons at West Ham United. Like fellow full-backs Kieran Gibbs and Mathieu Debuchy, it appears we’ve struggled to find a suitor willing to sign him on a permanent basis.
The decision to loan Cohen Bramall is firmly rooted in a desire to get the youngster more first team football.
The 21-year-old was signed in January from non-League Hednesford Town and was included in Arsenal tour of Sydney, Shanghai and Beijing. Given he’s behind Nacho Monreal and Sead Kolasinac in the left-back pecking order, a move to the rough and tumble of the Championship makes sense. Let’s hope Birmingham boss Harry Redknapp gives him some game time.
Lucas Perez, Calum Chambers, Jack Wilshere, Jeff Reine-Adelaide and Chuba Akpom could also leave in the final 10 days of the transfer window. As could the aforementioned Gibbs and Debuchy.
Emi Martinez (loan to Getafe), Takuma Asano (loan to Stuttgart), Wojciech Szczesny (Juventus) and Gabriel (Valencia) have already left. Academy players Marc Bola and Stephy Mavididi are also on loan.