Sunderland target Carl Jenkinson joins West Ham on loan from Arsenal

Arsenal's Carl Jenkinson and Everton's Steven Pienaar (right) battle for the ball
Arsenal's Carl Jenkinson and Everton's Steven Pienaar (right) battle for the ball
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West Ham have re-signed Arsenal full-back Carl Jenkinson on a season-long loan - with the England international also penning a new long-term deal with the Gunners.

Sunderland had been tracking the defender and were reported to have agreed a loan fee.

But Jenkinson always favoured a move back to West Ham United, with the 23-year-old having impressed on loan at Upton Park last season.

The deal was always likely to go through and Sunderland had already bolstered their defence with the £2m capture of Celtic full-back Adam Matthews.

Jenkinson featured in 32 of West Ham’s Premier League games and will again be looking to add more Premier League experience under his belt whilst away from the Emirates Stadium.

“I’m really happy to be back after last year,” Jenkinson told West Ham’s official website.

“It was a good season for the club and a good season for myself.

“To be honest I just wanted to come back here and I’m happy everything’s been sorted out. I’ve got another season here and I can’t wait,” he added.

“I’m a young player and I haven’t had too many experiences of different clubs, but I loved every minute of it here.

“Everything about it is fantastic - it’s a real family club, the lads are great and the fans are great, so it ticks all the boxes you want when you join a football club.

“I’ve got to come in, show what I can do and prove myself to a new manager. That keeps you on your toes and I’ve got to go and do that in pre-season. I’m looking forward to it.

Despite a temporary departure from Arsenal for the second successive year for Jenkinson, who joined the Gunners from Charlton in 2011, his new contract suggests he does have a future at the Emirates Stadium.