WTTGT Writer: Simon Bourne (Site Editor)
The BBC have reported that Arsenal have secured their first signing of the summer in Carl Jenkinson. The right-back signs for the Gunners from London neighbours, Charlton Athletic.
Jenkinson, born in the UK to a Finnish mother, is the captain of the Finland U19 captain and is expected to be the first of several summer signings during this transfer window.
Jenkinson told the BBC: “I hope supporters will understand why I can’t turn down such an opportunity, but Charlton will always have a place in my heart,” said Jenkinson.
“I will always be in Charlton’s debt for the training they have given me since a young age.
“I’m grateful to the club’s academy and all the coaching staff, so I’m delighted the two clubs have come to an agreement.”
“This is a great move for Carl,” added Charlton’s chief executive, Stephan Kavanagh. “It’s difficult to stand in the way of a player when a club the size of Arsenal expresses interest, particularly if, like Carl, you come from an Arsenal-supporting family.
“The last few weeks of the season were difficult as the deal was finalised but could not be signed until the Premier League transfer window opened.
“But Carl’s attitude throughout has been exemplary, and he made clear from the start that he wanted the club that produced and nurtured him to benefit from the deal in the right way and not by having to rely on compensation rights.
“I would like to thank Carl, his father and Arsenal for their professional manner in dealing with matters.”
The fee for the 19 year old is undisclosed.
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