It has been a matter of some conjecture and speculation among Arsenal fans and the football world in general, a little bit like a Royal birth in a way, because everyone knows what is going to happen but they still check the news and are surprised when confirmation comes in, what Arsenal Football Club are planning to do on the striker situation.
The January transfer window is open did you know? Does Arsene Wenger know more’s to the point? I have seen some rumours about a midfielder and a work permit and all I can say about that is I hope we have done our homework because I for one have never heard of the Geezer.
Back to the strikers though, and it looks like Joel Campbell has convinced Wenger that he is good enough to stop Arsenal having to sign another striker this month. There were reports, like this on The Express, about a the club offering the Costa Rican a new contract, and that was before the forward played a blinder in the FA cup.
Following his performance and goal against Sunderland, the Arsenal boss was fulsome in his praise of Campbell, as reported by the Arsenal website, and suggested that he was this season’s version of the currently injured midfield warrior Francis Coquelin.
Wenger said, “He is kind of in Coquelin’s position last year. Nobody expected him [to do well] and now he is taking his place in the team and he is ready to fight for the position and he is efficient.
“I agree [that he is playing with confidence]. That comes out of his game. Compare one month ago to today, he believes he belongs there and has a right to play.”
I agree that Campbell has done very well but maybe not with the same impact as Coquelin had. But I think the Frenchman has decided that one transfer he does not need to make this month is a striker. Is he right?