By Danny Wright
Birmingham have confirmed the double signing of Arsenal duo Carl Jenkinson and Cohen Bramall.
— Birmingham City FC (@BCFC) August 21, 2017
Jenkinson, 25, is clearly deemed as surplus to requirements with Arsenal having failed to feature in any of their opening fixtures of the new season.
The right-back earned just five first-team appearances last term despite returning to action in October after a lengthy spell on the sidelines with a serious knee ligament injury.
He spent most of the campaign playing in the Under-23 squad in Premier League 2.
Bramall, 21, only signed for Arsenal in January and is highly regarded as someone who could be making his mark in the future despite failing to earn a senior appearance so far.
The Gunners surprisingly signed Bramall from Staffordshire non-league side Hedensford in early 2017, but he has now been given a chance to impress back in the Midlands with Harry Redknapp’s Birmingham.
Football Insider Verdict
This is no doubt a good move for Bramall, who needs to be looking for first-team experience as soon as possible if he wants to turn his surprise move to the Emirates into a success. A return to a region which he is familiar with will no doubt help him, as will working alongside Redknapp, who is arguably one of the better managers in the Championship. As far Jenkinson, his loan move could be a signal that his Arsenal spell is all but over. After failing to earn much game time last season, his serious knee injury looks to have stopped him from being able to play regularly in the Premier League. A permanent switch away from north London could materialise in the future.