Arsene Wenger’s full-back problems have been widely documented this season, but the Frenchman could be set to send out one of his young guns on loan in a bid to prevent the same problems in the future.
With Bacary Sagna, Andre Santos and Kieran Gibbs all close to returning from injury for the Gunners within the next month, the Frenchman is willing to let Carl Jenkinson go out on loan in a bid to improve both his quality and confidence.
Norwich City have shown a willingness to take the 19-year-old former Charlton player on a short-term deal until the end of the season, with boss Paul Lambert keen to add back-up for first choice right-back Kyle Naughton, who is on loan from Arsenal’s rivals Tottenham.
Jenkinson’s confidence suffered badly earlier in the season following his appearances in a home loss to Liverpool and, most notably, a late red card in the 8-2 mauling by Manchester United, and after suffering a stress fracture in his back following such intense competition he hasn’t appeared in the league since early November.
Arsenal club doctors remain confident that the full-back – who is most at home on the right side but can play on the left – will be able to return by early February though, by which time Wenger hopes to have found him a temporary home in which to improve his game.
The Frenchman admires the way Lambert and Norwich have gone about their start to Premier League life since promotion, and after loaning out Emmanuel Frimpong to Wolves – a club he sees as perfect for the midfielder’s development – he is ready to do the same with Jenkinson when fit.