When Joel Campbell was granted his work permit by the Home Office during the World Cup, there were still doubts as to whether he would be part of Arsene Wenger’s plans in the coming season. When he eventually turned up for pre-season, there were still speculations surrounding his future as several reports came of Ac Milan’s interest in the player.
Finally, Galatasaray President Unal Aysal revealed that he tried to sign the player but Arsene Wenger turned down that opportunity. He said thus in a quote as saying;
“I wanted to bring him to our team.
“But Arsene Wenger wants to keep him in his squad next season. Therefore, nothing will happen, Wenger will not allow him to leave.”
This particular turn of events would sit well with what Arsene Wenger confirmed when he ruled out the possibility of the Costa Rican leaving the club this summer after the Emirates Cup at the weekend. The boss had said;
“There is no reason to let him go. . . I want to keep him.”
It is a different turn of events for the Costa Rican and for those that have followed his career very closely since he was signed in 2011. He was signed at a time of huge turbulence for the club after the likes of Cesc Fabregas, Sami Nasri and Gael Clichy left Arsenal in one summer, and the club suffered a damaging 8-2 defeat against Manchester United at Old Trafford.
It is therefore fitting that though he was signed when the club was at low ebb, he comes into the club after the shackles of the club’s financial struggles have receded.
With Arsene Wenger’s reluctance to sign any more strikers in this transfer window, it means Arsenal would be hoping that Joel Campbell would bring additional fire power to the club’s strike force in the coming season.
The 22 year old made a total of 43 appearances for Olympiacos last season scoring 11 goals. Playing mostly from the wings, and going by the way he was deployed by Arsene Wenger in the Emirates Cup, he could be the boss has plans to deploy him both in the wings and at the top of the attack depending on other intervening factors like injuries.
With His position listed as a striker in the official site, it means the Costa Rican, Oliver Giroud, Yaya Sanogo and Alexis Sanchez would be sharing the goal scoring responsibilities this season. Considering that it was just Yaya Sanogo and Oliver Giroud there last season, it is a slight improvement on Arsenal’s attack as Alexis Sanchez and Joel Campbell scored 32 goals between them last season a number they can improve upon with Arsenal’s creativity in midfield.