With the well documented lack of firepower in the Arsenal ranks, which many think was the main reason for the way our title challenge faltered last season, you would think that Arsene Wenger would jump at the chance to have another striker available to him.
And the fact that young Joel Campbell is already on the books at Arsenal, despite never having kicked a ball in anger for us, would make you think he was a nailed on squad member for next season’s campaign. But maybe not, according to the boss.
Wenger was speaking about Campbell as he works as a pundit for French television, and he cannot fail to have been impressed by the 21-year old’s performance for Costa Rica. He capped a great game by scoring and creating as they did England a massive favour by beating Uruguay. That took his international goal tally into double figures, from just 34 games, often playing from the wing.
Wenger did say, as reported by the Daily Mail, that he would be bringing Campbell back for season, but that is not quite an assurance that he will not be sending him out on loan again. He has already spent the last three years with Lorient in France, Real Betis in Spain and Olmpiacos in Greece.
Wenger said, “He will definitely come back to us for pre-season. He is maturing well.”
Maybe the Frenchman is just being cautious and trying to make sure that Campbell does not take things for granted and assume he has made it, but surely we will see him in the famous red and white soon won’t we?