Report: Poor 2020/21 Celtic signing Jonjoe Kenny being considered for Arsenal move

By David Walton

June 21, 2021

Jonjoe Kenny, Neil Lennon’s last ever Celtic signing, is being considered for a stunning move to Arsenal, the Daily Mail reports.

The report states that the Gunners are in need of cover at right-back. Should Hector Bellerin leave, it’s been said that either Kenny or Lille’s Zeki Celik could be headhunted.

This will be absolutely mind-boggling news for Celtic supporters. Kenny spent the second half of last season at Parkhead and showed himself to be incredibly out of his depth.

On loan from Everton, the right-back made 16 appearances for the Hoops [Transfermarkt]. Truth be told, you can count his good performances in one hand and still have fingers to spare.

Kenny heads back to Everton with another year left on his contract. There was certainly no desire from the Celtic fans to see us move for him permanently. However, the Mail believes Arsenal are currently in talks about whether he could be an option.

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Celtic fans has seen enough of Jonjoe Kenny; Arsenal talk beggars belief

When you think of Kenny’s positive traits, you genuinely struggle to come up with one. Outside of the fact he always managed to keep his composure, there’s nothing there that resembled a top footballer. Certainly not an elite EPL one.

Kenny lacked pace, accuracy, and a final ball during his time here. He was also too easily beaten in one-v-one duels defensively. Perhaps he just wasn’t in-form at Parkhead, but for those who saw him during his Hamburg days last season, this won’t have been a surprise.

It’s incredible to think Arsenal are even considering this. Yes, Kenny gave 100% at Parkhead and appeared to cause zero off-field issues during his time here. Yes he was a good worker and has done well to make a name for himself in the game with limited ability. But can we honestly say he’s good enough for Arsenal, even as backup?

Jonjoe Kenny has left Celtic after his loan spell came to an end / (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

If anything summed up Celtic’s recruitment in 2020/21, it was the signing of Kenny. A cheap, temporary option that was signed based solely on reputation rather than current ability. We bagged a few like that over the course of last summer.

For what it’s worth, I’ll be extremely surprised if this move comes off. All Arsenal need to do is take a look at some clips of Jonjoe in action at Celtic. Particularly in the Glasgow derby fixtures where he unsurprisingly struggled the most.

Hopefully Kenny manages to put a struggling period in Scotland behind him next season. I certainly wish him no ill will. But the prospect of a move to Arsenal? Come on.

In other news, the Dom McKay comment that proves Strachan to Celtic was never a goer.