Why Arsenal Must Keep Joel Campbell Next Season

The Costa Rican striker is fresh from completing a season long loan at Greek champions Olympiakos and he is expected to return to Arsenal in the summer ahead of next season but for now, he is lighting up the world stage at the World Cup. The Arsenal youngster was tormentor in-chief of the Uruguayans as he scored one and assisted another in a man of the match performance for the Costa Ricans.

From the World Cup to his club future. Wenger has reiterated that Campbell would get the opportunity to star for the Gunners in the pre-season ahead of the next season. But beyond the pre-season, what happens to him next season, where should he play his club football, Arsenal or somewhere else?

Personally, I believe he deserves his chance at Arsenal. The Gunners have been linked with moves for attacking reinforcements which include a new striker and a winger. While I am not against Arsenal getting a new striker, I believe there is a place for the young South American in Arsenal’s squad next season. His versatility means he can play in different positions for Arsenal and can also prove a formidable weapon in diverse tactics. From the start he can prove an handful for deference while from the bench, he would be a real threat for defenders with his pace, trickery and eye for goal.

A loan move is a possibility as Wenger might be considering loaning him to a Premier League team where he can get regular first team football and away from the pressure of playing for a top team like Arsenal. I will however personally vote against such a decision. If Gnabry and Sanogo could be allowed to star for Arsenal, Campbell also deserves his chance. He looks fitter and more experienced than the attacking duo. The fact that he is at the World Cup now, taking the pressure of leading a modest Costa Rica team speaks volume. Wenger should replace Sanogo and Gnabry is Campbell while he loans both men to Premier League teams where they can get more experience with regular first team football.

There have been reports that Newcastle United are interested in him and the reports seem to be gaining ground every day. Newcastle can get a striker from Arsenal but it must not be Campbell. Having Campbell in the team doesn’t mean Arsenal shouldn’t sign experienced strikers and wingers. It is a long season and there would ample games for all to play. Arsenal failed in their bid to get Luis Suarez from Liverpool, now that they have a clone of the Uruguayan forward in their sights, they mustn’t let it slip.

Wenger claims to be a firm believer in youth and has proven it with the development of Fabregas, Van Persie and Ramsey. He must prove it again with Campbell.