Improving Joel Campbell ready to step up for Arsenal next season

The young Costa Rican striker Joel Campbell was a big surprise signing by Arsene Wenger in August 2011, but the youngster had already started to impress for his national team and was obviously full of promise.

Surprisingly though his talent wasn’t enough to impress the board that gives out the work permits, so he has had to start his Arsenal career with three loan moves at Lorient, Real Betis and now in Greece with Olympiakos where he has finally started to blossom at age 21.

Arsenal target top young defender as Wenger gets serious

The new Arsenal transfer rumour of the day is Schalke’s Greek centre back Kyriakos Papadopoulos who could be available for as little as £13 Million. He was hailed as the next big thing in Greek football when he was as young as 15 years old.

He began playing for Olympiakos in first team matches as soon as he signed a professional contract with the club and he began to attract interest from many clubs in Europe. He was pursued relentlessly and was invited on countless trials and approached by many clubs.

Arsenal to sign top Belgian striker to replace Van Persie?

It is being widely reported this morning that Arsene Wenger is looking to bring in yet another top striker this summer if Robin Van Persie continues to refuse to sign a contract extension.

The Mail reports that he is eyeing up the top Belgian hitman Kevin Mirallis, who was the Player-Of-The-Year as well as the League’s top scorer in Greece last season as Olympiakos won the SuperLeague and Greek Cup Double.

Despite his high rating, it seems Mirallis will be available for under 7million GBP which has led to many top European clubs sending scouts to check out his abilities, including Arsenal and Liverpool.

Fabianski Speaks About His Injury

Arsenal’s second string goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski offered an interview for the club’s official website speaking about the game against Olympiakos and about the injury he sustained during the Champions League group stage match.

“I think I am fine, it’s just a really deep cut,” he told Arsenal.com “It was really unlucky but hopefully all the ligaments in my knee should be OK. Hopefully nothing will come out tomorrow or in the next couple of days.”

“I can only talk about the time I was on pitch because afterwards I didn’t see anything. “

Wenger – It was a fantastic experience! What about Santos?

Arsenal’s manager Arsene Wenger proved to be delighted of the match the Gunners played against Olympiakos and declared that it was an excellent piece of experience for the young footballers which had the chance to play against the Greek side last night.

“It was a fantastic experience, they realise what intensity that you need at this level and some young players have shown good things,” said the Frenchman.

“But there was a bit of lack of experience and maturity in midfield where you need to hold the ball better when we were under pressure.”

Wenger – Olympiakos will get trashed by young Gunners

Arsenal’s manager admits that the side which will be on the field against Olympiakos will probably be more driven and thus more dangerous for the Greek side because the youth which will be used by Arsene will want to impress at every chance they get.

“It is true that some of the players [in this squad] do not play many games but they will be even more motivated to show they deserve to play,” said Wenger.

“The game will be more difficult for them than if we had brought the team who played on Saturday. I wanted to bring this team because they gave a hard time to Manchester City last week.“

Robin Van Persie, Walcott and Arteta are out of the squad

Arsenal’s manager Arsene Wenger kept his promise and he left the most important players of the team at home to rest while Arsenal is making the travel to Greece to face Olympiakos for what will be the final Champions League group stage game.

Here is the team which will travel to Greece

Andrey Arshavin
Yossi Benayoun
Marouane Chamakh
Francis Coquelin
Johan Djourou
Craig Eastmond
Lukasz Fabianski
Emmanuel Frimpong
Vito Mannone
Ignasi Miquel
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
Oguzhan Ozyakup
Ju Young Park
Tomas Rosicky
Andre Santos
Sebastien Squillaci
Thomas Vermaelen
Nico Yennaris

Wenger announces Champions League plans.

Arsenal’s manager Arsene Wenger made his intentions for the Champions League group stage game against Olympiakos public after the Gunners managed to secure the first spot qualification following the win against Borussia Dortmund.

As everybody expected the Frenchman won’t be wasting the energy of regular first team players on a game which has no real stake, so we can expect the likes of Robin Van Persie, Ramsey, Song, Arteta or Theo Walcott to be rested and some of them won’t probably even make the bench.