Arsenal fans will be questioning Arsene Wenger’s inability to use Joel Campbell despite the excitement that has been attached to his name of late.
The Costa-Rican striker showed glimpses of his quality at the World Cup and got Arsenal fans excited for the coming season. A striker who has shown a lot of promise and development over the years, Gunners fans expected Campbell to be on the team sheet. Alas, he has not been used. Yet.
The injury to Olivier Giroud sparked even more speculation, insisting that Campbell would finally be given his opportunity to shine, however, Wenger has favoured Yaya Sanogo who has been below average since arriving at the Emirates.
A deadline day deal to sign Danny Welbeck from Manchester United once again epitomised Wenger’s lack of trust in Campbell again as he looks to bolster his attack. Admittedly, Arsenal are in desperate need of another striker – but why has Campbell been ousted?
Left on the bench; Benfica came calling on deadline day to enquire as to the availability of the striker – to which Wenger replied, “wait”, due to the Welbeck situation. Reports from the Mirror have suggested that Wenger played Benfica along to the wire and took the carrot away from their nose just before the end of the window sparking a slight feud.
Campbell’s agent told the press that, “Benfica fought until the last minute to sign Campbell but the operation didn’t happen because, in the last hour, Arsenal decided to keep him”.
“Wenger says he did not want to sell him. But if he is not in his plans, then why not allow him to leave?”
Wenger clearly sees Campbell as a striker for Arsenal who can do a job for his side, but in what capacity?
Will he ever get a run out? With Welbeck added to the list, will the Costa Rican fall further down the pecking order? Surely it’s only a matter of time before the Arsenal manager can overlook such a young talent and it will be up to Campbell to take the opportunity with both hands.
By Oliver Baines | September 3rd, 2014