The 22 year old has played just 37 minutes in the Premier League this term and speculation surrounding his future at the North London club has been rife in recent weeks.
The French manager has claimed that he loves Joel Campbell, but could not rule out a January loan move for the out-of-favour Arsenal striker. When asked if Campbell was still part of his long-term plans, he said:
Yes, of course.
But I cannot guarantee the happiness of every player. I try to make everybody happy.
I personally love Joel Campbell and have a big respect for him and I wish every day that he is happy from morning till evening.
Campbell, who starred for Costa Rica in the World Cup, will understandably be disappointed over his lack of first-team football this season, but it is worth pointing out that Wenger knows what he is doing. He need only glance at the calibre of names that have developed into world-class players under Wenger’s guidance to realise that it might be in his best interests to stick around.
He is at the moment at least, way down the pecking order and it’s hard to see him getting much more football this season, so you can’t help but think a loan in January might be best for both parties.
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