If there is one thing to be said about Joel Campbell, it is his determination to succeed in Arsenal. He has again reiterated this in the official Arsenal website. He acknowledged that the physical nature of the Premier League will take a lot of getting used to and the quality of the players means one has to really fight to even be on the bench let alone a starting berth. However he is confident he has the qualities to make it and is in the right team to bring out those qualities.
Three years is a long time for one to bide his time and prove himself time and time again yet that is what Campbell has done during his loan spells with Lorient, Real Betis and Olympiakos. That is the epitome of determination. Any other player would not have bothered and just signed up to another club permanently. Remember, “Zlatan don’t do trials?” So what sets Zlatan Ibrahimovic apart from Joel Campbell and where are they similar? Like Ibrahimovic, Campbell is confident he has the necessary skills to succeed anywhere but where they differ is their personalities.
Where Ibrahimovic is arrogant, Campbell is humble. Not only does he want to prove to everyone that he can succeed at Arsenal but he seems to be quite fond of Wenger as a manager and is determined to show him the qualities that made Wenger sign him in the first place. He even turned down another loan spell with AC Milan, an illustrious club that needs no introduction, to stay and fight for his place. A bold yet maybe foolish decision…
This season it looked like he might only get his chance in the cup competitions including the League cup and FA cup but with Olivier Giroud’s injury that might rule him out for an extended period, it looks like Campbell might finally get his chance. Yaya Sanogo provides the physical power but apart from his four goals against Benfica, he has found goals hard to come by while Alexis Sanchez needs to bulk up.
Joel Campbell is blessed with pace, power, poise and has a good shot. Arsenal’s fightback against Everton had as much to do with Campbell’s contribution as Giroud. He did not score on the day but managed to stretch the play and create spaces for others to exploit. Campbell is the player Arsenal need to lead their line in Giroud’s absence. Wenger should take a chance on him.