It’s sad, but it’s hardly a surprise.

Carl Jenkinson, lifelong Gooner, has been enjoying a great season with West Ham and has cemented himself as a real fans’ favourite in East London and it seems as if he will be allowed to make his loan move permanent when the window opens as long as the two clubs can agree a fee for the former Charlton man.

Reports emerged over the weekend stating that Arsenal will allow Jenks to leave and given the players at the club who are in front of him – Mathieu Debuchy and Hector Bellerin – it is a decision everyone can understand, even if they don’t really like it.

Speaking to the West Ham site, co-owner David Sullivan also admitted that the Hammers would be looking to buy a right-back when the window opened, saying “Our planning for strengthening the squad in the summer has been underway for some time.

“I think we need goalscorers, a right back and maybe a central defender. The situation with Carl Jenkinson won’t be clear until the end of the season but we will have to sign a right back one way or another.”

Sullivan had previously dropped a massive hint that Jenks would become a full-time Hammer next season and with the player having spoken about how much he’s enjoying playing regular football, it would seem to be a move that would suit all parties.

The only thing left to sort would be the transfer fee with Arsenal allegedly asking for £10m for the man they paid £1m for just four years ago.