Despite confirming that the clubs have agreed a deal for Carl Jenkinson, Sam Allardyce admitted that the move “hangs in the balance” over the player’s personal terms.

Currently earning £40,000 per week after signing a new deal with Arsenal in 2015, it is reported that the player isn’t that keen on taking a paycut.

“I think that’s [down to] negotiations between the chairman and the player’s agent,” added Allardyce, ahead of tonight’s FA Cup third-round replay against Bolton Wanderers.

It’s still not clear if Jenks will be leaving on a loan or a permanent deal but all the signs seem to be pointing towards the latter with a £3m fee being touted.

Despite playing only 38 games for Arsenal over the past five years since he arrived from Charlton, there is no doubt that he is a firm fan favourite. This is simply because he’s one of us – a true fan who got to play (and score) for Arsenal.

His grandad must be truly proud indeed, even if it didn’t work out the way we all hoped.

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