While Carl Jenkinson is now a regular starter under Arsène Wenger, for two seasons he had to gain first-team experience at West Ham United to develop his game.
The England right back made 59 appearances during his 18 months in east London, before a mid-season cruciate ligament injury cut his second loan spell at Upton Park short.
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Now fit and back in action for Arsenal, Jenkinson could start our first Premier League game at the London Stadium on Saturday, and the 24-year-old is looking forward to facing his former loan club.
“I enjoyed my time at West Ham, made some good friends but most importantly I played a lot of football,” he told Arsenal Player. “At that time, the decision was made for me to go on loan and when you go on loan you need to be playing every week.
“West Ham is a great club and it gave me a platform to go and play every week in the Premier League, which was superb for me and I think it’s brought me on a lot as a player. I’ve learnt a lot so, all in all, I look back on it very fondly.
“Generally, I feel like I’ve improved in a lot of areas. In my first season under Sam Allardyce, he encouraged me to get forward and get crosses in, which is something I love to do so I feel like I improved that a lot, certainly in my first year.
“In the second year I got on the scoresheet a couple of times which was good for me, as its always nice to chip in with a couple of goals. In general, it’s improved me in a lot of ways on and off the pitch. It was an invaluable experience for me and I’m very happy with how it went.
“As a loan experience it couldn’t have gone too much better because I played a lot of football, which was the main aim. Hopefully people will see how much I’ve come on and developed as a player.”
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