Joel Campbell has become the surprise candidate to lead the line in today’s New Years Day fixture with Southampton, with three centre forwards ruled out for the tie.
Olivier Giroud misses the match through suspension, while injury has ruled Danny Welbeck and Yaya Sanogo out. Theo Walcott is hoping to make his long awaited first start of the season, but Wenger’s latest quotes has thrown this in major doubt.
Alexis Sanchez or Lukas Podolski seem the most obvious of candidates to lead the line, however reports are strongly suggesting the 22-year-old Costa Rica international will take up the central role.
The plot now thickens. Widespread reports are suggesting Podolski stormed out of training yesterday and will not be part of today’s match day squad. Wenger labelled Inter Milan’s interest as a ‘joke’ which is thought to have angered the 29-year-old who is focused on departing this January.
More on this as it unfolds, but poor guy. Must be tough earning £90k a week in an Arsenal track suit.