1. Joel Campbell
Joel Campbell hasn’t exactly had it easy at Arsenal has he… After arriving at the club in 2011, Campbell has been forced to carry out loan spells at the likes of Real Betis and Lorient whilst waiting on a work permit allowing him to play football in England. He then went on a further season long-loan to Olympiakos, managing to tuck away 8 goals in 32 appearances.
Campbell’s talents weren’t going unnoticed, earning himself a call-up to the Costa Rica national squad as they travelled to Rio in the World Cup. It was here that Arsenal fans really began to appreciate what they had all this time. And he clearly wasn’t keen to get back on the plane, after hitting the back of the net against Uruguay, leading his side into the last 16 of the competition.
The 22-year old provides us with something Arsene Wenger is all about, pace, passion and youth. He can play on either the left or right-wing, but prefers sitting in that centre forward hole, so you could look at it as three signings for the price of one! He’s good on both feet, something we lack a little when it comes to our shooting, and he is never afraid to try something new. Fearless.
First-choice striker Olivier Giroud looks to be out until February time now, and Yaya Sanogo has had his chance in the limelight. Sure, Danny Welbeck is enjoying his football at the moment, but why are we so quick to bring on Lukas Podolski in the 70th minute? Campbell has the pace to open up defences in those dying minutes where we are quite frankly spending the time knocking on the door of a team who’ve already shut up shop.
Campbell has only managed 71 minutes in an Arsenal shirt so far this season, and that came in the 2-1 defeat to Southampton, a Capital One Cup game…
So we have a player who can perform on the World stage, and still only 22 years old, what are we worried about? Well, for the reasons I’ve just given you, Campbell won’t be here for long if he doesn’t get any game time soon. This is a player that is too good to be sat on the bench each week, what we have here is someone moving further away from being a fresh young talent, and becoming just another one who slipped through our fingers.