Arsene Wenger has found himself under heavy fire from all quarters for most of this season. The poor performances by the team on the pitch have turned the fans and commentators against him, the injury problems piling up have not helped either, and the lack of necessary transfers has especially enraged large sections of the Gunners faithful.
Also, according to news yesterday, the staff are also turning against him due to the unsatisfactory tactics being employed by the manager. The players are also not on his side; players like Podolski, Campbell and Rosicky have spoken out in the media about their dissatisfaction at the lack of playing time. And they appear to have finally lost patience with the manager, with news reports claiming that several players are the subject of January transfer bids from other clubs.
First off, this report claims that Inter Milan are in talks with Arsenal to sign Joel Campbell on a temporary deal. The Italians are said to be keen on a loan-deal until the end of the season, with an option to buy in the summer if the youngster impresses.
Campbell enjoyed a thoroughly impressive World Cup campaign in Brazil for Costa Rica, helping his side to reach the quarter-finals. Thus, the 22 year-old was expected to enjoy his breakthrough season at the Emirates, having spent the past three seasons on-loan with different European clubs.
But even though Arsenal have a shortage of strikers, with Giroud just back in training and Welbeck very inconsistent, Campbell has not gotten many chances, with Yaya Sanogo being preferred over him. The early elimination of Arsenal from the League Cup has also reduced the number of opportunities for the player.
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Campbell signed for Arsenal for €1 Million from Costa Rican side Saprissa in 2011, but the Costa Rican forward has only managed two Premier League appearances this season, both of which have come from the bench.
Campbell is reportedly very unhappy and expected to leave in search of first-team football, with Arsenal having failed to meet their promise this season. Campbell also is annoyed because Benfica believed they would sign him on loan last summer – but Arsene Wenger blocked the move on deadline day. Benfica could still be interested but Inter appear determined to get their man and Campbell would be keen to make the move to Serie A. If Inter make their interest serious, we will certainly lose this promising young talent.
Campbell’s story has certain similarities to the case of Carlos Vela. The Mexican man was also stifled due to a lack of playing time and was eventually allowed to go out on loan to Real Sociedad, where he was highly impressive. Despite that, he was allowed to leave permanently.
Since then, the Mexican has scored 37 goals and made 24 assists, becoming one of the most dangerous players in La Liga – and would’ve been a valuable player in the Arsenal attack if he was just handed more of a chance.
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