It’s not often a player will face criticism for deciding to stay at a club like Arsenal rather than join a side fighting relegation but that’s exactly what happened when Carl Jenkinson turned down the chance to sign for Crystal Palace during the transfer window and now he’s decided to set the record straight on why he did reports The Mirror.
Some pundits questioned whether Jenkinson, who’s barely featured for the Gunners of late, was letting money become the motivating factor in his career rather than gaining valuable playing time and perhaps adding to his solitary England cap.
A January move to Palace seemed to make sense for a player who’s spent the last two seasons at West Ham United on loan and doesn’t appear to be integral to Arsene Wenger’s plans.
Speaking to the Mirror, Jenkinson decided to set the record straight and much of the issue seems to be around reports on the Eagles insistence he take a 40% pay cut if the club were relegated.
Jenkinson said: “Football is a very short career. There was the possibility if I did move to Palace on the terms being offered then there was the chance it would have been quite a significant financial step backwards for me.”
It’s a bold decision by the full back who now finds himself facing the prospect of being at a club where chances are limited and the fans have been less than favourable to him, especially after the team’s league cup defeat to Southampton, but for a player who has reached the Premier League the hard way and often defied his critics, this certainly isn’t the end for the 25 year-old.