Carl Jenkinson
Carl Jenkinson has made 26 league appearances this season Getty Images

Carl Jenkinson says Arsenal will decide his future following his return from a season-long loan spell at West Ham United.

The England international has been pivotal to the Hammers occupying a place in the top half, making 26 Premier League appearances this season.

The 23-year-old was sent out on loan for the 2014-15 campaign after Arsenal clinched the summer signing of Mathieu Debuchy and Calum Chambers.

Jenkinson's hopes of breaking into the Arsenal first team on a regular basis have been further hindered by Hector Bellerin's recent run of games and could yet see him leave the club four years after joining from Charlton Athletic.

And upon returning to Arsenal this summer, Jenkinson says the Gunners will dictate where his future lies having "enjoyed" his spell at West Ham.

"It was a big decision," he told Sport Magazine. "But [Mathieu] Debuchy came through the door for £12m and I kind of knew a club doesn't pay that money for a player and not play him.

"I didn't want another season of just sitting on the bench, so I spoke to the boss and he agreed it would be a good idea for me to get a season of experience under my belt in the Premier League.

"It's definitely been the right decision for me. It's been the first time I've played regular football week in, week out, and that's all a footballer really wants to do."

He added: "I've got to focus on my football for the time being and then things will look after themselves.

"But West Ham has been perfect for me, and I've loved every minute. It's definitely a place I'd consider staying, but the ball is in Arsenal's court. I've enjoyed my time at West Ham. I also want to play at the highest level I can.

"I've got a massive summer in front of me at the U21 European Championships, so my focus isn't really on where I'm going to be next season."