It’s good that we’ve wasted no time in strengthening our squad in bringing in yet another one for the future: Carl Jenkinson from Charlton. But let’s not get too excited.
The young defender is probably going to be a bit-part player at best next season. Why? He’s only 19. He’s played just a handful of games for Charlton, two divisions down from us. So let’s not expect too much from him.
On the plus side, this £1m compensation package will not put a huge dent in Arsene Wenger’s £40m transfer war chest, which he’s so loath to touch anyway. It’s funny this ‘war chest’ never gets any bigger despite Wenger rarely dipping into it and the club bringing in millions through various commercial activities.
Well, we mustn’t grumble. Some transfer business is better than none at all! I reckon Jens Lehmann will sign a new deal soon, so that’ll be two new signings effectively! Sounds like Scott Parker will move to Liverpool, so we’re set to miss out on the Football Writer’s Player of the Year. Maybe we should try to get West Ham’s Robert Green or our former defender Matthew Upson from Upton Park. I’m not too sure about those two, but I’d love to see Parker in Arsenal colours! That would be a more inspiring signing than a 19-year-old with potential.