Carl Jenkinson ended his eight-year association with Arsenal today when he signed a three-year contract with Nottingham Forest (Official Website).

Upon signing for the Gunners he was tipped for a really bright future under former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger.

It was anticipated that Jenkinson would be a regular for club and country, signing for the Gunners from Charlton for just over £1 million (The Scotsman).

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Wenger it would seem was always a fan of Jenkinson. He had no hesitations to sign him in the first place and in 2012, handed him a contract extension.

There is a famous image of Jenkinson alongside Aaron Ramsey, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Jack Wilshere and Kieran Gibbs all penning long-term deals.

For Jenkinson, it never quite worked out for him at Arsenal, however.

Wenger would persist with him though and even when he was out of the team in 2017, the legendary Gunners boss was full of praise for the new Forest man.

He once told The Sun: “There is no news (regarding a departure) about Carl Jenkinson. He is integrated into our squad. There is absolutely no problem with his attitude. He must find happiness with conditions and where he goes.”

Nobody can take away the 70 games that the 27-year-old played for Arsenal. As a boyhood supporter, he will undoubtedly cherish the years spent at the Emirates.

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Now is a new chapter for the one-cap England international, however. He is still at an age where he can forge a good career and enjoy many more successful years.

Staying fit will be key and Jenkinson has had some rotten luck on the fitness front.

Having enjoyed a successful pre-season campaign with the Gunners he will raring to go at the City Ground.

Jenkinson needs to arrive at Forest with Wenger’s words ringing in his ears. Then, and only then, he might well find that happiness that occasionally deserted him at Arsenal.

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