Nottingham Forest completed the signing of Carl Jenkinson earlier today, as he joined from Premier League side Arsenal for an undisclosed fee.
The 27-year-old became Sabri Lamouchi’s seventh signing since he took over from Martin O’Neill.
The only new signing to arrive at the City Ground prior to the Northern Irishman’s dismissal was Sammy Ameobi.
Jenkinson, who has represented England on the international stage, has sent an Instagram message outlining his excitement over joining the Reds.
There’s no doubt that another full-back option was needed. Lamouchi had to play Matty Cash at right-back against West Bromwich Albion following Tendayi Darikwa’s unfortunate injury last week.
At this stage, it’s unknown exactly how much money the Reds have paid to secure Jenkinson’s services. However, to be able to sign a player of his quality on a permanent deal is a coup for the club. It’s easy to see why the club’s supporters are so delighted to see the deal has been confirmed.
‘I knew this was the right move for me’
Here is Jenkinson sharing a message on his personal Instagram where he states that he knew joining the Reds was the right move for him.
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I’m delighted to be joining Nottingham Forest, a huge club with a rich history. I spoke with the manager who has big plans for the future, and following our conversation I knew this was the right move for me. This is an exciting new chapter in my career and one I am very much looking forward to! Now to meet my teammates and get to work on getting this club back to the top where it belongs. #NFFC
The 27-year-old has enjoyed an eight-year spell at the Emirates Stadium, making 70 appearances for the club he supports. He has decided that it’s now the right time for him to seek first team football elsewhere. He shared another message on his personal Instagram where he said his goodbyes to his former club.
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This is a message that is hard to write so I’m going to keep it short. I’m leaving Arsenal in pursuit of a new challenge and a fresh start, and ultimately to play regular football again. I can’t really put into words what it has meant to me to play for this club, but what I can say is I have truly lived my dream. This brings me to you, the proper Arsenal fans, as I have lived your dream too. It has been an up and down journey for me but I hope you all have seen how much it has meant to me and know that I have given it my all. I have played 70 games for Arsenal which if you told me I would do as a kid I would’ve laughed at you. I take many great memories and friendships from my time at this special football club, and it is a chapter in my life that I will cherish forever. I see a great future for this club under the current manager and coaching staff, and I look forward to seeing this unfold. As for now, I’ll take my seat back in the stand, as a fan, with the rest of you. With love, Jenko #afc
The Reds will be hoping that Jenkinson can make an instant impact in the Championship this season. He certainly has all the attributes to be a success at this level. He just needs to ensure that he gets to know his new teammates as quickly as possible.
Having played in the Championship before for Birmingham City, he should have no problem settling in. If recent speculation is to be believed, he might not be the last player to join the Reds this summer.