Birmingham confirm loan signings of Arsenal pair

Matt Stead

Birmingham have completed the double loan capture of Arsenal defenders Carl Jenkinson and Cohen Bramall.

Both Jenkinson and Bramall are part of Arsene Wenger’s first-team plans at the Emirates Stadium this season, and have dropped a division to join the Blues.

They are the sixth and seventh arrivals at St Andrew’s this summer, with Harry Redknapp having made five permanent signings.

Right-back Jenkinson featured just five times for Arsenal last season, having spent the previous two campaigns on loan at West Ham.

The 25-year-old was linked with Newcastle, but will only leave the Gunners on a temporary spell after no suitors agreed to match his valuation.

Bramall joined Arsenal in January of this year, the 21-year-old taking the considerable step up from non-league Hendesford Town.

He can play at left-back, and will offer squad depth to Redknapp’s Birmingham, who are 15th in the Championship after four games.