Arsene Wenger has given his backing to Carl Jenkinson despite the signing of Mathieu Debuchy today.
The Frenchman will replace his international colleague, Bacary Sagna, as first choice right back, and the manager spoke specifically about the England international, saying, “He is going to compete, of course. There is nobody today who can play 60 games at the top level – that’s why you always need two players.
“People always want for you to have two players in every position or sometimes three, and then they will ask you ‘who will play?’ You don’t know before the season starts but what is important is that you have good players to have a chance to compete at the top level.”
Wenger also spoke about the former Newcastle man’s experience in the Premier League standing him in good stead as his Arsenal career begins.
“He knows what to expect and that’s of course a huge advantage. Debuchy is also mentally strong and dedicated. He’s a player who has experience, he’s played in the Premier League and he will also be in competition with Jenkinson, who I expect to move forward as well.
“There’s an interesting fight there but of course he has experience and he’s a guy who will bring something to the team with the departure of Sagna. We needed to sign somebody and I think Debuchy is the perfect signing. ”
However, a Jenkinson loan can’t be completely ruled out as the Gunners continue to maintain their interest in Atletico Madrid’s Javi Manquillo. Although the Spanish side are keen to keep the young right back, Arsenal have been in constant contact to arrange a loan deal which could mean Jenkinson’s 2014-15 campaign would be spent elsewhere.