By Tony Attwood
Carl Jenkinson came to Arsenal in 2011 from Charlton for about a £1m transfer fee.
On 11 November 2012 he was given a new six year contract by Arsenal which was reported by the not-necessarily believable Daily Mirror to include a salary of £25,000 a week.
He had played just eight times in the league Charlton when he was purchased, and as we know after a fair number of games for us he trotted off to West Ham for 2014/15.
Now the story is that he is being invited to play for Sunderland next season – on another loan deal, and that Sunderland are offering £2m for the privilege.
If these figures are right then Arsenal will recover all of Jenkinson’s salary – and more. With Bellerin and Debuchy ahead of him it looks quite an interesting deal all round.
And it could be part of an interesting strategy.
We all remember how Coquelin was recalled from a loan at Charlton to take up his place in the first team, well this could be another insurance policy of the same type.
Jenkinson plays for Sunderland and gets experience and practice, Arsenal get their salary costs covered, and yet has a third backup in waiting should we suffer another huge array of injuries in one department. If we don’t and the player completes the year long deal, then we might by that time rate him above Debuchy, and so want to keep him back at the Emirates.
He has played 37 league games with Arsenal, and played 32 league games for West Ham last season.
This model could indeed be the way Arsenal is seeking to cover themselves against dubious refereeing decisions which allow our players to be chopped to bits at every turn and thus run up our injury list.
It might not be something that could be executed at every turn, but given that no one is moving to stop Chelsea’s exploitation of the loan system this more sedate use of the regulations does look rather promising.
- 12 June 2008: Derek Tapscott died. After retiring from playing football he worked in the sporting goods business until retiring in 1997. He also wrote an autobiography, Tappy.