After masterminding a scalp over almighty Barcelona, David Moyes is a man on a mission and he’s designated the Emirates as his next battlefield, with reports from Spain claiming Real Sociedad have moved into an advanced stage for a loan move for Joel Campbell according to Express.
Campbell remains in the second stream of the Arsenal first team and with many attacking options available to Wenger, the 22-year old Costa Rican is the books of many as the next to follow Podolski’s toll out of the Emirates in the coming weeks, and Moyes wants him to come and help make his giant-killing club even stronger.
The ex-Everton manager has done business with us before, letting us have Mikel Arteta in 2011, a key player for him at the time. With his mission at Old Trafford proving a failed ten-month experiment, the Scot has found a new lease of life in the Basque Country. He already has one former Arsenal player in Carlos Vela, and the Mexican’s talismanic performances have given Moyes belief that he could make do with another one of a similar mould.
Wenger has commented on the joy of having so many options available to him in the forward line and despite handing him only his third of the season in the FA Cup win over Hull, it is reasonable to class Campbell as amongst the substitute forwards, behind Welbeck, Giroud, Alexis and Walcott. Podolski’s exit to Inter Milan has opened some space for him to have more frequent appearances, perhaps, but a youngster such as he would not become the star his World Cup performance set him up be if the reliance will solely be on cameos off the bench.
A previous loan spell in La Liga with Real Betis the season before last means going to Spain is not something Campbell will be averse to. That campaign saw him play a role in a respectable seventh place finish for Betis that season, and with Moyes saddled with the task of taking Sociedad back to the form that saw them earn a Champions League Group Stage run last season, it could be a prospect that will entice the young forward.
It will be a tricky one for Wenger to decide upon as he is believed to be willing to send the other fringe forward, Yaya Sanogo out on loan, and he simply cannot do away with three players within the space of one month. He had refused to listen to Benfica and Galatasaray when they wanted Campbell in August, he may still stand his ground and keep him for the challenges that are yet to be faced in the second half of the season.
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