Backpage Roundup: Jenkinson Set for New Deal, Pogrebnyak Wants Arshavin Reunion, Frimpong Wants to Stay, Aneke Loan Extended and More

Jenkinson Set to Sign New Improved Deal

Carl Jenkinson has agreed to sign a new long-term deal with Arsenal, according to a report published by Sky Sports.

The 20-year-old defender has been in fine form deputising for Bacary Sagna at the right-back spot this season and could also make his England debut on Wednesday against Sweden.

While he still has multiple years to run on his current Arsenal contract, it is believed that he will sign a brand new deal later this week which will reflect his improved status at the club.

 

Pogrebnyak Wants Arshavin Reunion at Reading

Reading FC striker Pavel Pogrebnyak has urged his compatriot and Arsenal midfielder Andrey Arshavin to join him at Madejski Stadium in January.

Arshavin is a reported target for the Royals’ owner Anton Zingarevich, and Pogrebnyak, who used to be Arshavin’s teammate at Zenit St. Petersburg, also wants the deal to go through.

In an interview with www.rg.ru, the Reading hitman said: “It’s Arshavin who has to make the decision. Anton Zingarevich knows him well enough without listening to my opinion, as he is from St Petersburg. Andrey is a master and there is no doubt that it would be great to see him at Reading.”

 

Frimpong Not Eyeing Permanent Exit

Emmanuel Frimpong has rejected media reports that he will be sold in the January transfer window and his contract with Arsenal will expire next summer.

The 20-year-old midfielder has clarified that he is not in the final year of his contract, and while he is close to leaving the Gunners, it will only be a temporary loan deal to build up his fitness.

Subject to rumours am not leaving afc I am positive of going on loan this week which am really excited about and I am fully committed to afc,” Frimpong told his followers on Twitter before adding: “And am not in my last year or looking to be sold just to clear matters thank you and going on loan to get games and come back to arsenal.”

 

Aneke’s Loan Deal Extended

Young Arsenal midfielder Chuks Aneke’s loan deal with Crewe Alexandra has been extended, meaning that he will now be spending an additional month with the League One outfit.

The 19-year-old starlet’s loan spell with Crew has been prolonged for the second time and he is now set to remain a part of coach Steve Davis’ squad until December 17.

Aneke has impressed for Crewe during the 11 matches he has so far played for them. He has scored three goals and recorded an assist, although he was shown a straight red in his very first start for the Railwaymen back in September.

 

Giroud Reaping Benefits of Self-Confidence

In-form striker Olivier Giroud has said that he never doubted his own quality and believed that he would hit top form for Arsenal even when goals were hard to come by.

The Frenchman has finally adjusted to the English game and has been scoring regularly for the Gunners after suffering a difficult start to the 2012/13 season. He says that his confidence in his own ability has made him improve his game and he now wants his teammates to do the same.

In a recent interview with Arsenal.com, Giroud said: “When I didn’t score at the beginning of the season, I stayed confident. I always work on my mind and my game. Individual mistakes are hurting us and that’s why we have to show solidarity. It’s a bad run but there is a lot of quality in this team. We will have better days ahead.”

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