While we look forward to January as the window which will afford us the opportunity to strengthen our team in all key areas, we could at the same time be letting one or two players out of the door, and one of them could be Joel Campbell.
Reports according to Metro suggests that the 22-year old Costa Rican International could be moving to the South of Wales to join Gary Monk’s side on a loan deal. The Swans are believed to be willing to offer Campbell a good chance to have a feel of the Premier League till the end of the season as they look to recapture the form they showed at the infant stages of the season which saw them win their first three games.
Swansea are only one of a host of teams, both in England and abroad, who are waiting on Wenger’s permission to let Campbell go out even on a temporary basis since he has not managed to feature him to a significant level yet as to warrant a thinking that the player is actually in his plans for the season. Inter Milan and Benfica are believed to be interested in a loan move for the forward, who had spent last season on loan at Greek Champions, Olympiacos.
For many a gooner, it would be sad to see the player who showed so much promise at the World Cup in Brasil to simply go with the wind without really fulfilling his Emirates dream. Campbell has repeatedly stated his pleasure at being at Arsenal, even saying he‘d be willing to bid his time for the rightr opportunity to come forth. As it’s happened, such chances have not really come in the streams he would probably have expected with just 5 substitute appearances to add to his solitary start in the League Cup.
His case is not helped by the fact that Wenger currently has a reasonably performing Danny Welbeck as well as the returning Olivier Giroud understandably ahead of him in the pecking order. Playing for Costa Rica as a main striker, he’s had to make do with being shunted to the right with little positive results.
On a bright side, it could be that he uses the opportunity to show that he could cut it in the premier League if given the chance with Swansea, just as Jenkinson is making a strong case for a return next season with an impressive spell so far with 5th placed West Ham.
It will be interesting to see if Wenger will still persist on refusing him to go away, especially with the FA Cup to be added to our fixture lists from January. That competition will definitely be used by Wenger for some of the fringe players and if Campbell doesn’t force a move, it could be that he still gets to show what he’s made on that front.
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