The Arsenal striker is set to stay at Arsenal and may play against Benfica in the Emirates Cup tomorrow.
Arsene Wenger has confirmed that Joel Campbell will be part of Arsenal’s squad for their upcoming campaign.
Speaking in a press-conference today, Wenger confirmed that Campbell was part of his thinking for this season and that he would remain at the Emirates.
He went on to say that the Costa Rican international could be seen in action against Benfica, who Arsenal take on in the Emirates Cup tomorrow.
“Yes, Joel Campbell is part of my plans. He might play tomorrow against Benfica,” Wenger said at a press conference today.
It is news that will no doubt delight Campbell, who spoke earlier today of his hope that he would get a chance of Arsenal this year.
It is also a fine example of what a good World Cup can do for a footballer. Before the summer, Campbell was a low-profile player, but his performances in Brazil forced him to the forefront of Wenger’s thinking.
In the international tournament, he helped guide his nation on an unexpected run to the quarter-finals and was one of their star players in doing so.
It led to Arsenal fans calling for him to be given a chance – as he could be a potential solution to the striking problem at the club.
Olivier Giroud provides a decent outlet for Wenger’s side, but there is a lack of other credible options at centre-forward meaning his starting place was virtually guaranteed last season.
However, Campbell’s emergence has meant that Wenger’s need to sign a striker has been reduced and it seems that the jet-heeled attacker has done enough to impress his manager during pre-season to be given an opportunity.
If he does go on to stay at Arsenal this season, as Wenger says, he will be in line to make his debut for the club which he joined back in 2011.
Since then he has made temporary moves to various different clubs across Europe.
In his most recent loan spell, with Olympiacos, he scored eight goals in 32 appearances and he will be hoping to improve on that tally this season.
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