West Ham United are delighted to announce the arrival of defender Carl Jenkinson on a season-long loan from Arsenal.
The 22-year-old right-back, who has been capped at senior level by England, opted to join the Hammers after the Club beat off competition from several of their Barclays Premier League rivals to secure his services.
Jenkinson said he had no hesitation about moving to the Boleyn Ground as soon as he heard West Ham were interested in bringing him to east London, thanking Joint-Chairmen David Sullivan and David Gold and manger Sam Allardyce for the opportunity.
"It's brilliant how it has turned out and I just want to thank the Gaffer and Mr Sullivan and Mr Gold because they put in a big push to get me here," said the defender. "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, if I was being honest with myself West Ham was always the place I wanted to go to. It's one of them where 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 exactly what it is all about, so it's going to be fantastic to be a part of that, to be honest. 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. This is an exciting time for me, it really is."
The Harlow-born player becomes West Ham's sixth summer signing, following the arrival of Argentine forward Mauro Zarate, Ecuador FIFA World Cup striker Enner Valencia, Senegal defensive midfielder Cheikhou Kouyate, left-back Aaron Cresswell and midfielder Diego Poyet.
With the Olympic Stadium move to look forward to in 2016, Jenkinson believes the Hammers are a Club on the up.
"To be honest, that was a big swing in this for me, seeing this Club is going in the right direction," he continued. "Obviously the stadium plans are only a couple of years away and that's going to improve this Club massively. Of course it's only a loan deal, but this Club is going in the right direction.
"We've signed six players and they are top players as well. It's a very exciting time to be a part of this Club. There is an English group of lads here, which is always great for an English lad, and the players who have been brought in are top-drawer, so there is every reason to be optimistic about this season. That was a big reason I signed here."
Carl Jenkinson is looking forward to representing West Ham United
Jenkinson began his career at Charlton Athletic, where he enjoyed a fantastic 2010/11 season before being snapped up by Arsenal at the age of 19 in June 2011.
He was given an early chance to impress at the Emirates Stadium, making his competitive debut in a UEFA Champions League qualifier against Udinese in August 2011, and has totalled 57 first-team appearances for the Gunners.
Jenkinson has made 37 appearances in the Premier League for Arsenal, scoring his first goal in senior football in a 2-0 victory over Norwich City on the final day of last season.
He has also played 12 times in the Champions League, helping the north London side reach the Round of 16 in each of the last two campaigns.
Internationally, Jenkinson played at age-group level both for England and Finland - the country of his mother's birth. However, in 2012 he decided to commit his international future for England and made his debut for Roy Hodgson's side in a friendly defeat to Sweden in Stockholm that November.
He has since been capped five times by England U21s, having previously turned out three times for Finaland at the same level in 2011.
Jenkinson will join up with his new team-mates on Friday before travelling with the squad to the Schalke 04 Cup tournament in Germany this weekend.
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