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Former West Ham loanee Carl Jenkinson hasn’t played for Arsenal in two years – could tonight be his chance?

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Former West Ham loanee Carl Jenkinson hasn’t played for Arsenal in two years – could tonight be his chance?

With Arsenal in the midst of a defensive injury crisis, right back Carl Jenkinson may be in line for a rare appearance for the Gunners.

The former West Ham loanee last played a first team match for the north London side in November 2016, and Jenkinson may finally be handed another chance to impress for Arsenal in the League Cup against Blackpool tonight.

The once-capped England international has seen his form seriously deteriorate since his time on loan in east London. Jenkinson plied his trade at Upton Park from 2014-2016, making 52 league appearances and scoring two goals along the way.

 

Favoured by manager Sam Allardyce in the 2014/15 season, the right back impressed for the Hammers and returned to the club the following campaign. However, Jenkinson suffered a serious knee injury in action for West Ham in January 2016, ending his spell at the club.

(Photo by James Griffiths/West Ham United via Getty Images,)

Since that date, the fullback has made just one league appearance for Arsenal, and after being shipped out on loan to Birmingham City last season, only played nine times for the Championship club.

Yet Carl Jenkinson could be handed a chance to make an impression by Unai Emery against League One side Blackpool tonight, potentially granting the 26-year-old defender a priceless opportunity to kickstart his career.

Max is a journalist studying at the University of Pennsylvania. Max specialises in English football and co-hosts a weekly podcast. He is also a politics reporter and deputy news editor for The Daily Pennsylvanian.

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