Friday 01 August 2014
Carl Jenkinson has said that he chose West Ham United over a number of Barclays Premier League rivals after joining the east London club on a season-long loan from Arsenal.
The 22-year-old right-back, who was born not far from West Ham, in Harlow, Essex, and has one England cap, had no hesitation about moving to the Boleyn Ground after he had heard of the club's interest, thanking joint-chairmen David Sullivan and David Gold and manager Sam Allardyce for the opportunity.
"I was flattered to have a lot of options but, deep down West Ham was always the place I wanted to go to"
"It's brilliant how it has turned out and I just want to thank the gaffer [manager] and Mr Sullivan and Mr Gold because they put in a big push to get me here," Jenkinson, who has made 37 Barclays Premier League appearances for Arsenal since joining from Charlton Athletic in 2011, said. "I'm clearly seen as a big part of things here and hopefully I can prove my worth here because it is an important year for me.
"I was flattered to have a lot of options but, deep down West Ham was always the place I wanted to go to. I wanted to do the right professional thing and consider all the options, but in the back of my mind it was always West Ham and I'm just so glad it's all worked out how I wanted it to in the end.
"It will be brilliant to play here. I've got a lot of friends who are West Ham fans and I know how good the supporters are here. I've played here a couple of times so I know what it is all about. You get a great atmosphere here and the fans are great, so I just can't wait to get a West Ham shirt on and get on the pitch and play."
Jenkinson, who scored his only goal for Arsenal on the final day of the 2013/14 season, becomes West Ham's sixth summer signing, after Mauro Zarate, Cheikhou Kouyate, Aaron Cresswell, Diego Poyet and Enner Valencia.
The Hammers open their Barclays Premier League campaign on 16 August at home to Tottenham Hotspur. For West Ham's pre-season fixtures, click here >>.