Arsenal’s interest in exciting Brazilian midfielder Roberto Firmino has been doing the rounds in the media. The 22 year old Hoffenheim attacking midfielder who can also play as a forward was the fourth highest goal scorer in the bundesliga last season with 16 goals and 14 assist from 33 appearances.
The Brazilian has drawn interest from several clubs across Europe notably within the Premiership.
However, another side of the player’s interest in the Brazilian is the report that the club intends to sell Joel Campbell to AC Milan to create space for the Brazilian’s move to the Emirates.
Which brings the question of whether the club should consider selling Joel Campbell?
The 22 year old Costa Rican striker has been out on loan in the last three seasons. Not that a reminder is needed, but in any case, his nomadic loan spells have seen him play in three countries namely France with Lorient, Spain with Real Betis and Greece with Olympiacos. In that time, he has gone on to make 85 appearances and scored 13 goals.
But his performance last season in Greece where he won the Greek title and at the World Cup where he performed admirably, even though he faded later on because of exhaustion.
If the club’s intention was to cash in on him following reported interest from AC Milan, they would not have considered giving him a squad number. (28).
Although, many are clamouring for him to be given a chance, alot will depend on whether Arsene Wenger decides to bring in another striker. Since the Frenchman has spend the better part of his transfer budget on Alexis Sanchez, he might just settle for what is has got. Added to that is the fact that he has said in seasons past that he sees Theo Walcott as a striker in the long term, and his intelligence in adopting to that new area was shown against Spurs in last seasons FA Cup at the Emirates, when compared to his struggles there the season before.
This development might have a part in Arsene Wenger’s plans to bring in another midfielder which the interest in Roberto Firmino has shown.
Roberto Firmino has proved himself that he can hold his own in one of Europe’s top league, and so far Hoffenheim has rebuffed interest from other clubs. With Bayern Munich often the destination for the top talents in the bundesliga already beaming with top players, it means Firmino will likely end up in the Premier League with Arsenal as a it destination.