Reports in the Express have it that Joel Campbell could become the fourth striker to leave the Emirates within this transfer window, following Lukas Podolski, Yaya Sanogo and Benik Afobe.
Despite the great expectations that followed his fine form at the World Cup with quarter-finalists Costa Rica, the 22-year old has found it incredibly difficult to break into the starting XI this season especially for League games, having made just three starts in all competitions. And now, it appears he has involved his agent to force a move away.
Joaquim Batica, Campbell’s agent, was reportedly spotted at the Arsenal training ground today with the view of speaking to club officials, Wenger basically, into entering negotiations with a host of Premier League clubs who have expressed desire to take his client.
Liverpool and Tottenham are amongst those who have been mentioned as registering a desire to buy Campbell, while the interests of overseas club especially in La Liga still remain concrete.
Wenger has previously protested his stance on Campbell, being that he would want him to be involved in the team this season. Since signing in 2011, the young striker had spent three loan stints in Spain and Greece before the World Cup brought him into much discussion last summer.
He actually made an impression in the Emirates Cup tournament in August, sharing the stage with Yaya Sanogo as both scored their first Arsenal goals. But while Sanogo has opened his account in official competition, Campbell has yet to do so even with more appearances under his belt than the French boy.
Perhaps it was to give Campbell more opportunities that Wenger decided to let go of both Lukas and Yaya, especially in the FA Cup. He started the third round tie against Hull and may start at Brighton with Welbeck still out.
But Wenger should refuse to let Campbell go now, especially to a big four rival. Liverpool and Tottenham are looking to beat Arsenal to that Champions League place and it would be rather foolhardy to hand opponents an armor to shoot down the Gooners. Like Mourinho refused to let Wenger have Demba Ba last year, Campbell should be kept at the Emirates. He wants to forge a career at Arsenal and he should have the chance to prove himself. Coquelin’s turnaround experience gives hope.
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