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Arsenal pursuit Charlton defender Carl Jenkinson…but who exactly is he?


Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is rumoured to be looking into the Football League once again with the pursuit of Charlton Athletic full-back Carl Jenkinson in his sights.

Having previously signed youngsters Theo Walcott and Aaron Ramsey from Southampton and Cardiff City respectively in previous years, Wenger is looking to bring another promising young talent to the Emirates Stadium – but who is Carl Jenkinson?

Unless you’re a Charlton Athletic fan or a follower of a League One club, the name is probably totally new to you. Carl Jenkinson is 19 years old and plays at right-back for the Addicks but can also play at centre half – like he did for the Finland Under-19s squad.

Having previously played for England Under 17’s and 18’s, Carl decided to switch to Finland as he qualifies through the nationality of his Mother. The player would make a great understudy for Bacary Sagna at full-back or even in the centre of defence at Arsenal. However, it is not the first time that Jenkinson has been linked to a big club. In 2009 he was linked with  a £500,000 move to Manchester United at the age of 17, which makes you realise that this player is certainly one for the future.

This season, Jenkinson has broken into the first-team at Charlton and has so far made 7 starts having previously played 3 games for Eastbourne Borough on loan. However, the Addicks will be looking to keep onto their promising youngster who’s been at the club since the age of 9.

Although, with the likes of Arsenal interested, Charlton Athletic may be persuaded by the big transfer fees that saw Ramsey and Walcott sold to the Gunners.

Look out for Carl Jenkinson pulling on an Arsenal shirt in the near future.

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Written by Matt_G-Freebody

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