If there is one word that can be used to describe Sanogo and Campbell I would go with potential. Two words and I would say massive potential. At only 21 years, they both have a long promising career ahead. The only question is whether they will achieve this potential in Arsenal.
Campbell has just won the Greece Super league with Olympiakos in which he played a major role throughout the season. The highlight of course was scoring against Manchester United in the Champions league. Campbell has gathered a lot of experience due to his loan spells in France, Spain and of course Greece. He is also versatile as he can play as winger giving us more options. It doesn’t hurt that he is determined to succeed in Arsenal.
Yaya Sanogo has had the privilege of playing for Arsenal this season and has not disappointed when called upon. He is quick, strong, and very good in the air. His finishing leaves a lot to be desired though. Maybe it is a case of nerves as he has been quite prolific for France youth teams as well as Auxerre. I personally hope Sanogo gets the nod for the FA cup final ahead of Giroud because his displays helped get us there in the first place.
Next season is when it becomes tricky for these two players. Why? Because Arsenal fans want established, big name players. No offence to Joel Campbell and Yaya Sanogo but their names are not enough to set your pulse racing. Arsenal fans want Diego Costa, Edison Cavani, Radamel Falcao, Luis Suarez…you catch my drift. On the wing, names such as Antoine Griezmann and Marco Reus have been mentioned and keep in mind we already have Theo Walcott, AOC, and Serge Gnabry.
Is Joel Campbell ready to bide his time when he is used to being a regular starter? Will Sanogo be content with playing the league cup and the occasional FA cup game? I have no doubt they will get their chance to shine given the way Arsenal seem to be hit with so many injuries during the season but they are at the point in their careers where they need to be playing regularly. Case in point is Carlos Vela who has become a very good player ever since his move to Real Sociedad.
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Arsene Wenger has tough decisions to make and the main one is whether to give the young players in his team a chance to shine or buy experienced players and go for the title. Winning the FA cup this season is just the start. He will need to build on that and win the Premier League or the Champions League next season. The decision on these two players rests solely with Wenger.