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* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 15:05, 25 January 2016 (UTC).

In October 2013, Jenkinson was first called up to the England U21 squad for European Championship qualifiers against the Under 21 sides of Lithuania and San Marino.[37] He kept his place in the squad for the following qualifiers, one of which was against his former side Finland U21, a game in which he started.

​Arsenal defender Carl Jenkinson has confirmed that he is close to a return to the Gunners first-team following an absence due to injury.

Jenkinson was born in Harlow, Essex to an English father and a Finland-Swedish mother.[38] Jenkinson is a boyhood Arsenal fan.[39] He attended Davenant Foundation School in Loughton, Essex.[40]

Danny Welbeck has also been included in the squad list, with officials at the club hoping he will make a December return rather than a comeback in February as was first feared.

But they now look set to fight for their places in the first XI and hope for opportunities under Wenger this season.

The trio have not featured for the club for some time after being deemed surplus to requirements and it was widely expected they would secure a move away from the Emirates this summer.

The Harlow-born right back, who can deliver an excellent cross, made the most of his initial opportunity at Upton Park, soon establishing himself with 36 appearances to add to his previous first-team experience on loan at Eastbourne Borough and Welling United.

Jenkinson also made an appearance for the Finland U-21 national team on 3 June 2011 in a UEFA U-21 qualifying match that resulted in a 0–0 draw against Malta.[34]

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Jenkinson featured in all three of Arsenal's opening games of the 2013–14 campaign as injuries to defenders Thomas Vermaelen and Koscielny forced Sagna to fill in at centre-back and Jenkinson to deputise at right-back. Despite Koscielny later returning, Jenkinson kept his place in the first-team after impressing against Fenerbahçe.[15]

Having only started due to a warm-up injury to Laurent Koscielny, Jenkinson was sent off in Arsenal's 1–0 win at Sunderland on 9 February 2013, earning a second booking for a foul on Stéphane Sessègnon.[14]

The fully committed, hard working defender featured 20 times for Slaven Bilic’s side and scored in consecutive Premier League games, against Sunderland and Crystal Palace, before sustaining his injury and returning to north London to work on his rehabilitation with Arsenal’s medical department.

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On 11 May 2014 Jenkinson scored his first senior team goal for Arsenal in their 2–0 victory over Norwich City on the last day of the 2013–14 season.[16]

Due to an injury to first choice right-back Sagna, Jenkinson started the first five matches of the 2012–13 season, and earned praise for his performance against reigning league champions Manchester City on 23 September 2012 in a 1–1 away draw.[12]

They join new signings Granit Xhaka, Shkodran Mustafi and Lucas Perez in the 25-man squad list, while Rob Holding is classed as an Under-21 player and therefore does not need to be formally registered.

He has a Finnish mother and had previously represented Finland at youth level, winning one cap for their under-21s in a goalless draw against Malta in 2010.

On 19 December 2012, it was announced that Jenkinson, along with teammates Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Kieran Gibbs, Aaron Ramsey and Jack Wilshere, signed a new long term contract with Arsenal.[13]

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Arsene Wenger has included Arsenal outcasts Mathieu Debuchy, Carl Jenkinson and Yaya Sanogo in his 2016/17 Premier League squad.

Jenkinson first played for Finland at Under-18 level. He was part of the Finland U-18 team that competed at the 2010 Valentin Granatkin Memorial tournament, making three appearances including captaining the team in the 1–0 defeat by Ukraine.[33]

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 17: Carl Jenkinson of West Ham United celebrates scoring his team's first goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Crystal Palace and West Ham United at Selhurst Park on October 17, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)

A boyhood Gunners fan, Carl joined the club from Charlton Athletic in 2012. He scored once, against Norwich City, in 57 appearances for Arsenal and helped Arsene Wenger’s side lift the FA Cup in 2014 before his first loan spell with West Ham the following season.

Jenkinson has an English father and a Finland-Swedish mother,[31] and represented both England and Finland at youth international level.[32]

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Jenkinson, 24, suffered a serious knee injury whilst on loan at Premier League rivals West Ham, and has been recovering at Arsenal and completing rehabilitation ever since.

A full England international, winning his first cap against Sweden in 2012, Carl has also been an under-21s regular and represented the Three Lions at the 2015 European Championship in the Czech Republic.

Arsène Wenger confirmed before the season opener against Liverpool that Jenkinson would be fit for first team action in November 2016.[30]

Although Carl’s second campaign on loan at West Ham United was cut short by a mid-season cruciate ligament injury, the energetic full-back still continued to earn plaudits for his performances in east London last season.

Jenkinson joined Conference South side Welling United on loan in January 2010,[3] and on 10 October was named in a Charlton squad for the first time, their 3–4 defeat away to Shrewsbury Town in the first round of the League Cup.[4] In November, he started a three-month loan with Conference Premier side Eastbourne Borough in November 2010.[5] However, he was recalled by Charlton after a month.[6]

On 31 July 2014, Jenkinson joined fellow London-based top-flight club West Ham United for a season-long loan deal.[17][18] He suffered a pre-season hamstring injury in August, in a game in the Schalke 04 Cup against Málaga, and did not make his debut for West Ham until 15 September, in a 2–2 away draw against Hull City.[19][20] Jenkinson quickly established himself as the team's first-choice right-back and impressed pundits and fans with his consistent displays and good form.[21][22]

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Jenkinson signed for Arsenal in June 2011,[9] for an undisclosed fee thought to be around £1 million.[10]