Why Arsenal should Free Joel Campbell!

Why Joel Campbell Should Be Given More Opportunities at Arsenal by AT

There has been a lot of talk recently in regards to the future of the Arsenal forward Joel Campbell, who has found first-team opportunities hard to come by following his return to the Emirates after three successful loan spells at Lorient, Real Betis and most recently, Olympiakos.

While the Costa Rican international has played down the rumors of any potential exit from the club, it has to be admitted that the player will consider his options should first-team opportunities continue to be limited. Let’s face it, he’s already had three different spells away from the club and can’t seem to break in to the side despite some very good cameo performances when given the opportunity.

In my opinion, Arsenal has amongst it’s ranks one of the Premier League’s best raw talents and the club are failing to make use of him. The 22-year-old’s potential was clear for everyone to see during his spell at Olympiakos and even more so during the World Cup, where he had a very big role in helping minnows Costa Rica reach the Quarter-Finals.

Joel Campbell has got everything required to make it in the Premier League. With attributes that include electrifying pace, physical strength, aerial prowess and a very neat bag of tricks to go with quick feet, it has to be said that his talents are being wasted at the moment, and contrary to popular opinion, it’s not because of an abundance of better options.

For instance, Arsene Wenger seems to prefer playing Santi Cazorla on the left flank and while the Spaniard is a very special talent, he is largely ineffective when played there, like we’ve seen in recent weeks. Quite honestly, Campbell is capable of doing a much better job on either flank and is well accustomed to hugging the touchline and cutting in to the middle.

Keeping in mind his versatility, there are also several other roles the Costa Rican international can play in the Arsenal side, including that of an attacking midfielder and even a lone striker. Here’s hoping that Wenger will finally wake up and take advantage of the raw talent he possesses in the form of Joel Campbell.


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  1. Loan him to an EPL team, let him prove himself in a real league and if he does well he might damage the teams around us.

    1. Sanago is like uncut Diamond once cut and polished he will shine but it takes time and skill to work with such gem, Wanger believes his the man capable of polishing Sanago’s crown. 🙂

  2. Weber has favorites. He plays them regardless of their form. Those guys have nothing to prove, they know their place is secured.

  3. Arsenal should instead free AW and bring in a manager who actually knows how to manage a squad, how to rotate and how to keep hold of good players. Every year we lose a good player who left because he did not get game time even when his competitors were performing bad. It is frustrating for a player. Players are more important to Arsenal than AW. Especially Joel Campbell who has the qualities to shine in the PL. HE is the future not AW. Arsenal needs to set their priorities straight.

  4. Use him and poldi in the deals to seal cb and dm signings. Campbell to shampton for schneeiderlin plus money? 🙂 woke this morning after dreaming we’d signed morgan s, hummels and p cech. Then realised it was just a dream! :–(

  5. AT, Cambpell is not the only player that is needing some games time at Arsenal. Podolski has been crying wolf as being reported by the media. But what can the Gooners like us do over their being excluded games time? The boss call the shot. We cannot teach him his job or tell him what he should do neither can we direct him. Well! Let’s fold up our arms and see what selections he would select for our next 2 crucial home games with Man Utd and Borrusia Dortmound. He has to get his selections right for these games and wins them. Otherwise, the AAA might revolt against him. Thank God I am not an AAA. I am a passionate critical hard die Arsenal fan still believing in Wenger to deliver. Most of our inform starting X1 have returned or are returning back from international engagements. I hope they will all be back well and fine. We will know more about their fitness and their availability from the boss press conference tomorrow. Arsenal have players that can beat Man Utd 3-0 at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday evening. But the big question is, how will our starts and their positions be? I don’t want to say the boss does play some players out of position times because I am not a coach. So, I won’t subscribe to that opinion. But the AAA have been accusing him that he does it to the detriment of Arsenal getting good results. If this allegation is true, the boss might want to re-position his Gunners to their preferred positions to operate from their against Man Utd and Dortmound. It has even been pointed out by the press that manager Roy Hudgson deploys Jack Wilshere better than the boss does. At any rate, let the boss deliver victories to us in those two big games.

  6. If he cant feature for the 1st team or even make the bench, maybe Wenger should allow him for now to be involved more in the under 21’s games so that he keeps his fitness and find some form (he can learn the “Arsenal way” of playing from there too).

    I mean it will be sad seeing him been thrown into an FA cup match without much match fitness (he may or may not flop and the fans will be bashing him).

    Anyway what do I know, I don’t get paid 8mil to think about such. Am just a fan

  7. irrespective of who carries the day! Everyone including AKBs will watch WENGER vs KLOPP come wednesday…… U will have a chance to see the difference btw them and find out who really acts Like a True manager!

  8. Welbz and campbell should be rotated
    ox with walcott

    and so forth. Sanogo/gnabry should be loaned out so they’re playing full time at a championship side or overseas.

  9. Welbeck is a poor striker. He doesn’t score many goals. In past couple of years you count the amount of goals he scored each year on two hands. He is better as a winger

  10. Yes sell or loan out Campbell. Sell Podolski this winter.

    Buy: Van Dijk £9 mil, Reid £6 Mil and Cech £7 Mil (top GK). Would love all three but if we get only one I would love Van Dijk as he is CDm and CB cover. I doubt we can find a good CDM this winter.

    With the extra defensive cover we could try: Van Dijk/Chambers/Hayden in the CDM role.

    Next summer targets should be a Top Striker (if can be found), Top CDM.
    Next summer sell or let go of: Flamini, Rosicky, Carzola.

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