We only have 24 hours to go until Arsenal kick off the game against Swansea in South Wales, and Wenger is still undecided about who will be replacing Ramsey/The Ox on the Gunners right wing tomorrow.
Again he has emphasised that it likely to be a straight replacement with Campbell getting the start, and with the hope that he suddenly comes good over the coming months. And as he makes clear the Costa Rican may even end up playing in the centre of attack in the future, but he may yet use Flamini instead.
Le Prof said on Arsenal.com: “It is always disappointing to lose players but we are equipped first of all with the quality of our squad and we are equipped mentally as well to deal with anything,”
“My short-term option is [to play] Campbell or get one more defensive midfielder in like Flamini and put Cazorla on the flank. I haven’t decided yet. We will find solutions and I have to find the right one.
“I have been very impressed with Campbell, his attitude is outstanding and his daily dedication in training and his desire to improve is absolutely outstanding.
“I think he can be a big help for us, and he can play centre forward don’t forget that. In the coming two to three months he can be a very important player for us.
“This is a challenge for me and for the players who come in to show their quality. At the end you can find yourself with a bigger squad – that is what happened with Coquelin and Bellerin last season.”
If we suffer any more injuries in the next few weeks we may well see some more youngsters coming through. Perhaps he will start calling players back from loan moves like last year. One player that is definitely coming back early is Daniel Crowley, who has been in action for Barnsley in the Championship. The papers reported it as the youngster not being ready to play in the first team, but the Official Arsenal site make no mention of that in their announcement.
They reported: Midfielder Daniel Crowley is returning to Arsenal from his youth loan spell with first division Barnsley.
Crowley made 13 appearances for the Tykes after joining them at the start of the season. The 18-year-old scored his first goal in professional football against Premier League side Everton in the Capital One Cup in August.
Crowley, who featured in Arsenal’s pre-season tour to Singapore and was recently called up for the England U19 squad, returns to the club having benefitted significantly from the experience of competitive league action.
Everyone at Arsenal have very high hopes for young Crowley, but one would surmise that if he is not ready for the Championship fight, then he is unlikely to be of use to us in the near future either….