Nottingham Forest confirmed the signing of Carl Jenkinson on a three-year deal on Wednesday. The Reds never disclose the price of a new arrival unless it was a free transfer, but Kieran Jackson and Adrian Kajuma of the Daily Mail believe Forest paid £2m for the 27-year-old – just £1m more than Arsenal paid for the fullback eight years ago.
Jenkinson made 70 appearances in all competitions since joining the Gunners from Charlton Athletic in 2011. The England international struggled for playing time at the Emirates and was loaned out to the likes of West Ham United (July 31, 2014 – January 31, 2016) and Birmingham City (August 21, 2017 – May 31, 2018) in an attempt to get regular football.
With Tendayi Darikwa expected to be out for the rest of the year with a serious knee injury, Jenkinson isn’t a bad replacement. Matty Cash and Jayden Richardson are also options for Sabri Lamouchi at right-back. The Reds suffered a 2-1 defeat against West Bromwich Albion in their opening Championship game and will hope to turn things around at Leeds United on Saturday.
Whether Jenkinson gets the nod from Lamouchi remains to be seen, however. He’s only been at the club for two days and could be short of match fitness after being overlooked at Arsenal during pre-season.