Missing Jenko: A Sign of The Times
Arsenal fans worldwide know the Club is in turmoil when the decision to loan out Carl Jenkinson to West Ham United has become an issue.
Jenkinson is a player that has shown himself to be out of his depth at Arsenal over the past two seasons; not quite athletic or pacey enough, tactically immature, and lacking the technical ability demanded by Arsene Wenger.
Carl Jenkinson looks to be heading the way of Johan Djourou – a serviceable player who can get minutes for a mid-table team – but lacking the talent and upside to be a starter for Arsenal.
Jenksinon is a player that Arsenal should be looking to move on.
Yet on Sunday, as West Ham United took on Swansea City, a team that Arsenal recently loss 2-1 to in South Wales, Jenko had Gunners fans singing I Want You Back to themselves as the young Englishman put in a fantastic performance that helped push the Hammers into 3rd place in the BPL.
Jenkinson was strong in the tackle, overlapped well, and played in some intelligent crosses.
The service to Andy Carrol for the equalizer proved to be particularly well hit – a laser-guided ball pinpointed to the head of the giant forward who guided home a fantastic goal that had manager Sam Allardyce punching the air in delight.
It’s easy, on one hand to see why Wenger let Jenkinson go, for all the reasons mentioned, he doesn't appear, nor should he be, in the Professor’s long-term plans.
But Wenger must have known for weeks prior to the loan of Jenkinson that Thomas Vermaelen was heading to Barcelona, and even with Matheiu Debuchy recently signed, and Calum Chambers on-hand to serve as his utility player, that in a post World Cup season this decision was a risky one; made even more so by the decision not to pay Bacary Sagna and let him go to Manchester City.
The lack of risk assesment has damaged the Club and the manager enormously.
Case in point, the performance from the weekend verse Stoke City, an outing the Professor dubbed as ‘soft’.
Look as hard as you can, and you won’t find a Gooner, or an Arsenal squad member for that matter, who would disagree after the team dug itself into 3-0 deficit by half-time.
It’s all come tumbling down on Wenger, as his failure to secure defensive cover at the back, and in central midfield, has proven to be the team's undoing in a season that started with so much promise.
On Sunday evening, Arsenal fans were left missing Jenko, a worrying sign of the times at the Emirates and for Arsene Wenger...