There is good news for the young Arsenal forward Joel Campbell, who has now joined up with his new team mates as the Gunners continue their pre-season preparations with a trip to America and a game against New York Red Bulls, with our favourite son Thierry Henry, on Saturday night.
We already know that the young Costa Rica international has talent and a strong self belief, but he must have been having some doubts about just how much, if at all, he would be able to feature in the Arsenal first team this season. Arsene Wenger said that he would be coming for pre-season, but he stopped short of saying there was definitely a place for him in the Arsenal squad after that.
However, the Frenchman’s statement, reported by the Evening Standard, suggests that Campbell has nothing to worry about, unless you count the players that the Gunners already have, because Wenger has ruled out the need for him to sign any more forwards in this summer transfer window.
The manager said, “Up front we don’t need any more. It’s not especially for numbers.
“We need a goalkeeper for sure and, after that, it depends on how our midfielders get through without injuries until the start of the season. Maybe at centre-back we’ll still bring one in.”
These words were backed up by the fact that Wenger pulled out of the transfer chase for Loic Remy, allowing the QPR to move to our Premier League rivals Liverpool instead. It is no secret that we could have signed the French striker, so it really does seem like young Campbell will be given his chance this season. But will he take it, or will Wenger regret his decision not to strengthen any more up front?