Nottingham Forest sign defender Carl Jenkinson for £2million from Arsenal on a three-year contract 

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Nottingham Forest sign defender Carl Jenkinson for £2million from Arsenal on a three-year contract

  • Arsenal right back Carl Jenkinson has moved down to the Championship
  • His transfer to Nottingham Forest has been in the pipeline this summer
  • Jenkinson has spent time out on loan at West Ham twice and Birmingham City
  • But he has never been part of Unai Emery’s plans at the Emirates  

Nottingham Forest have completed the signing of Arsenal defender Carl Jenkinson for £2million. 

The 27-year-old has signed a three-year contract at the City Ground, after being unable to break into manager Unai Emery’s plans at the Emirates – he could make his Forest debut at Leeds United on Saturday.

Jenkinson moved to Arsenal in 2011 from Charlton Athletic, and made 70 appearances for the Gunners in all competitions – he has also been capped once for England, against Sweden in 2012.

Carl Jenkinson puts pen-to-paper on a three-year deal at Nottingham Forest

Carl Jenkinson puts pen-to-paper on a three-year deal at Nottingham Forest 

Jenkinson (far left) was the last remaining member of this young British quintet in 2012

Jenkinson (far left) was the last remaining member of this young British quintet in 2012

Throughout his eight years at Arsenal, Jenkinson has struggled to hold down a consistent first-team spot, with decent spates of form coupled with injuries and mistakes. 

He signed from Charlton as a 19-year-old for £1m, and made 14 appearances in his first season. 

Jenkinson then signed a new long-term contract alongside four other young Brits: Aaron Ramsey, Jack Wilshere, Kieran Gibbs and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. 

A month earlier, he had made his international debut in a friendly against Sweden. 

But he was sent out on-loan for two consecutive seasons to West Ham United from 2014-2016, and spent a further season on loan at Championship side Birmingham City from 2017-2018.  

Within that period, the Englishman suffered an ACL injury to his knee, and struggled for minutes with his parent club. 

And although he spent last season in the Arsenal squad, he made just eight appearances in all competitions, with Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Hector Bellerin preferred at right back. 

After Aaron Ramsey’s free transfer to Juventus and Laurent Koscielny’s move to Bordeaux this summer, Jenkinson was Arsenal’s longest serving player, but that title falls upon fellow defender Bellerin. 

Jenkinson did play for the Gunners in pre-season - here he is against Lyon two weeks ago

Jenkinson did play for the Gunners in pre-season – here he is against Lyon two weeks ago

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