West Ham are on the verge of signing Championship defender Sam Byram this week, which could mean a transfer shift around at the Gunners.
The deal for the youngster is all but complete after he was left out of the squad at the weekend, with the Leeds president stating that “Sam chose West Ham”.
Now you’re probably wondering what this has to do with Arsenal, but much like the transfer saga of 2013 the signing of Byram could push through a number of deal at The Emirates.
Currently on loan at Slaven Bilic’s side is Carl Jenkinson, and after a change up in management earlier in the season it was the defender who was one of a few that was dropped.
Since then, the English international remains on the bench for the majority of games, making 20 minute appearances to replace the favoured James Tomkins.
Jenkinson’s last Premier League start came on December 28th where he was at fault for Southampton’s opener, adding another own goal to his growing yet unwanted tally.
Since then he’s only had an FA Cup appearance against Wolves to consider, and is struggling to prove he’s good enough to sit across that back line week after week.
All of the signs point to Jenkinson being ousted yet again with the arrival of Byram, and that could mean he’s free to end his loan spell and link up at the Emirates Stadium.
Not a good option for the youngster? Well, if that were to happen it would definitely free up the chance for Wenger to have reinforcements at right-back and let Mathieu Debuchy go.
Therefore, Jenkinson would become our new second-in-command at right full-back and give him the chance to end his misery early on at the Boleyn Ground.
So a lot can happen from one transfer from a struggling Championship side, and when the Byram deal goes through expect plenty of transfer rumours in the media.
Debuchy has already stated he wants out of the Emirates and Wenger has cleared him to pack his bags and get some regular playing time ahead of Euro 2016.
Aston Villa and Roma have both been linked to the Frenchman, and it looks certain he’ll wrap up a deal before the January window closes, otherwise it’s curtains for his international career.
Wherever he ends up remains to be confirmed, but one thing is for sure and that is Arsenal can now afford to wave goodbye to some top players like Debuchy.
It proves that after years of regret, we have the squad depth to shift things around throughout the season which gives us more than enough reason to believe this is our season.
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