With Arsenal’s title ambitions and Champions League campaign still on course, the side’s handler, Arsene Wenger has given his opinion on Costa Rica international, Joel Campbell who has become a regular member of the starting lineup in recent games due to injuries to key members of the first team.
The French coach believes the forward can become a more regular starter at the Emirates in the future due to his impressive performances in the few first team appearances afforded him this term thus far. The South American who was reported to be carrying a small knock will likely be in Arsenal’s squad for this weekend.
Campbell has been at Arsenal since 2011 as a youngster, but has had his time at the North London club filled with season-long loans, having been in Greece and Spain most recently during his 4-loan occasion. He was on the verge of an exit during the Summer, as many believed he wasn’t being given a chance at Arsenal and will easily seal down a starting place elsewhere. The Costa Rican star is an important member of his national team and was spectacular in last year’s Summer World Cup, with many expecting him to have more chances at Arsenal afterwards.
With Aaron Ramsey and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain almost back from the injury sidelines, Campbell will have his playing time reduced again, but Wenger believes he has the quality to eventually break into the first team soon. The coach, who has his eyes set on ending the club’s EPL-drought this term says the young forward who can play as a winger and striker remains in his long-term plan. He says,
“If you want to be in a top club today, you have to accept this competition. Everybody wants to be a regular. I think he can become one. What is interesting for us is he adds some creativity in his passing and his vision. He has power and is not scared to put his foot in. He’s creative. I could see that but the creativity is linked with the confidence. I’m very keen to keep him here. A guy who comes here very young from Costa Rica, he has a learning process to the competition. Week in, week out to fight every week.”