There have been many Arsenal rumours saying that Joel Campbell is unhappy spending all his time on the bench since he finally arrived at the Emirates this summer, and that he was looking for permission to go on loan in January to get more first team action, but after playing in the Gunners 4-1 win at Galatasary he seems happy to carry on waiting a while longer.
“It was an important victory for us,” Joel told Arsenal.com. “Although there wasn’t all that much riding on the match, it was a chance for us to try and get first place in the group. We didn’t manage that, but we did get a good win.
“I always try and take advantage of the chances that come my way and play as well as I can. I know that I can give more, so I’m working hard day in, day out to improve as a player.
“The Champions League is a big competition for any player. In a team like Arsenal, it’s easier to play well because you’re surrounded by good players. I just try to do the best I can so that I might be involved in future games.
“We need to be fighting for the trophy. We’re in there and any team still in the competition at this point has a chance of winning the cup. We’ll be working very hard to try and achieve that.”
I guess you never know. If Arsenal draw either Porto or Monaco in the next round – and get all our injured players back before the quarter-finals – then perhaps we really will go all the way, but if that happens I imagine it is unlikely that Campbell will be involved in any more Champions League matches this season. Maybe he’ll get a few League games under his belt?