Nottingham Forest completed a deal to sign Carl Jenkinson from Arsenal last week, as confirmed on the club’s official website. 

The 27-year-old officially signed for an undisclosed fee. However, it has been reported that the Reds have paid around £2 million to secure his services.

The Reds had to make a move for a right-back after they received news that Tendayi Darikwa faces a lengthy spell on the sidelines.

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The 27-year-old picked up an anterior cruciate ligament injury in training and is likely to be out for a number of months.

Sabri Lamouchi opted to utilise Matty Cash at right-back against West Bromwich Albion on the opening day. This is something he decided to stick with against Leeds United, with Cash producing a much-improved performance against the Whites.

Jenkinson, who featured eight times for Unai Emery’s team last season, will now be expected to challenge Cash for a place in the starting line-up. It wouldn’t be a surprise to see him start against Fleetwood Town tomorrow.


The one-time England international spent eight-years at the Emirates Stadium. He’ll be itching to get his career at the City Ground off to a good start.

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‘I had a few other options’

Jenkinson has spoken honestly about his move to the City Ground, believing that joining the Reds was the best move for him in his career. He had plenty of other offers, including from clubs in the Premier League.

Speaking to the Nottingham Post, the right-back said: “I had a few other options – two abroad and one more over here.

“The one over here was in the Premier League, but I had my reservations as to whether I would have been first-choice and playing every week.

“When I weighed everything up, this was the one that I thought fitted me best at this point in my career.”

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The fact that the 27-year-old turned down Premier League clubs to join the Reds is testament to his attitude. The Reds have previously had players join for the wrong reasons.

Jenkinson has signed a three-year deal at the City Ground and will be desperate to help them push for promotion to the Premier League.

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