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Thursday, June 9, 2011

Arsenal sign young defender

With Manchester United and Liverpool splashing the cash on Phil Jones and Jordan Henderson respectively, Arsenal have gone quietly about their early summer transfer business with the signing of Charlton defender Carl Jenkinson.

The Finland Under-21 international has joined the Gunners after only making eight appearances for Charlton since his debut in December 2010. Arsene Wenger clearly likes what he sees though.

The Frenchman and his scouts always have an eye out for young players they can secure without spending too much money and Jenkinson fits the bill. Hopefully he will prove to be a wise signing over the next year or two.

As for the player himself, he is clearly delighted to be moving to the Emirates. Why wouldn’t he be though? It seems hard to believe that he would have expected a club like Arsenal to be interested in him at this early stage of his career.

The 19-year-old said: “I hope supporters will understand why I can't turn down such an opportunity. I'm delighted the two clubs have come to an agreement.”

Jenkinson is an Arsenal fan too, so he will be determined to make a name for himself at the club. In fact, if he can have a successful career at the Emirates, he would be in dreamland.

Hopefully, this turns out to be the case and he manages to become a popular player amongst the supporters. There are many Gunners fans in Jack Wilshere Shirts at the moment, will there be plenty of Jenkinson ones in the future as he looks to burst onto the scene?

As for the transfer activity at Arsenal, this is the first summer signing and could lead to a few more in the next few weeks.

As ever, fans and pundits will be calling for Wenger to sign more experienced players, but if this opening bit of business is anything to go by, he won’t be changing his approach just yet.

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