Carl Jenkinson has stated that he left Arsenal on loan as he didn’t want to sit on the bench.

That being the case, it’s hard to see him coming back to the club to sit on it next season either and the club are said to be open to selling him, as long as someone meets their alleged £10m valuation – not a bad return for a player they purchased for £1m just four years ago.

With Mathieu Debuchy really still to get his Arsenal career going and Hector Bellerin already breathing down the Frenchman’s neck, Jenks would certainly seem to have had his moment in the sun with the club his entire family have supported for generations.

Speaking to Sport magazine, the Corporal said “It was a big decision,” he told Sport magazine. “But [Mathieu] Debuchy came through the door for £12m, and I kind of knew a club doesn’t pay that money for a player and not play him.

“I didn’t want another season of just sitting on the bench, so I spoke to the boss and he agreed it would be a good idea for me to get a season of experience under my belt in the Premier League.

“It’s definitely been the right decision for me. It’s been the first time I’ve played regular football week in, week out, and that’s all a footballer really wants to do.”

Carl’s story has certainly been a fairtytale, playing and scoring for the club he loves so much but it seems like his dream is doomed to end sooner than any of us imagined.

A decent player, he’s certainly not better than the right-backs we have at the club and while we’d all love nothing more to see him make it with Arsenal, sadly that isn’t going to happen.

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