Described on his club’s website as “a fine athlete with a great engine”, Jenkinson started his career at Charlton Athletic before moving to north London to join the team he supported as a boy.
He has made more than 50 appearances for the Gunners, including in the Champions League, but often had to play understudy to Bacary Sagna during his time at the club.
Big Sam, spend some money!
It has already been a relatively spendthrift summer for West Ham.
A fee of around £5 million has been mentioned for Jenkinson, which on its own would seem a bargain for an international in the modern game.
A season long loan may be a better option for all parties.
With Sagna signing for Manchester City this summer, Jenkinson would have hoped that opened the door for him to fill the right back position.
It appears Arsene Wenger has slammed that opportunity shut with the signing of Mathieu Debuchy from Newcastle United.
Jenkinson is not going to want to spend another season on the bench, again playing an understudy role.
West Ham will want more depth in defence, and could be set to offer Jenkinson a genuine chance to fully establish himself in the Premier League.
The prospect of a youthful backline, including Jenkinson alongside James Tomkins, Winston Reid and Aaron Cresswell, is extremely exciting.
It would certainly provide the pace and fitness to deal with the pressures of the Premier League, and could be the catalyst for Tomkins finally stepping up to be a genuine enforcer.
Signing another young player with pedigree would be further testament to the fact the club wants to build a settled team that will have a chance of achieving real success.