Injuries give Arsenal reserves a chance to impress

Last season when Arsenal had their usual glut of injuries, we saw Hector Bellerin come through from the reserves to emerge as a star, and we also recalled Francis Coquelin from Charlton which was an even bigger success.

Now we are in this season’s injury crisis, and Wenger is finding it hard to explain why Arsenal always seem to suffer so much. “You could analyse many things: the pitches, the pace of the game, the intensity inside the game has gone up,” he said. “But there are as well mental components, physiological components in injuries, emotions in your private life that can have an impact on muscular injuries.

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.

Lorient’s manager Gourcuff would like Arsenal’s Campbell for good

Lorient’s manager Christian Gourcuff offered a statement regarding Arsenal’s young prospect Joel Campbell. The striker who was just transferred by Arsene Wenger in the summer was then loaned out because he could not get a work permit in the UK. After a very short time spent in France at Lorient, the young striker is now wanted for good at the French team by his manager, and Gourcuff says he could improve the youngster furthermore if he would be allowed to stay for another year.

“It would be wonderful [if he could rejoin on loan], but I doubt it,” Gourcuff told Goal.com.