There has and will continue to be a lot of talk about which striker Arsene Wenger should sign this summer.
Everyone has there own opinion on the matter and a certain forward they want to see the club sign to help out Olivier Giroud upfront in the upcoming season. Names like Alexis Sanchez, Mario Balotelli and Mario Mandzukic (to name but a few) have all been linked with a move to the Emirates, but have they already got the man they need?
A lot of Arsenal fans want to see Wenger splash the cash and bring in the players required to sustain a Premier League challenge. I am in fact one those who want to see this happen. But as we all know, Wenger is very cautious when it comes to dealings and will not pay over the odds for a player, which can, at times, be costly.
Mesut Ozil came in last season from Real Madrid for £40 million+ and fans will hope to see a similar amount spent this time around but on a quality forward. While it would be great to see it happen, I don’t necessarily believe we need to splash out such an amount, or more even, on a forward, as I think we have someone already on our books who can deliver for us next season. I am of course talking about the highly rated Joel Campbell.
The 21-year-old forward showed last season that he is more than ready for the big time as he helped Olympiacos lift the Greek championship with his productive displays. And if people had their doubts over the youngster’s potential and ability, his performances for Costa Rica in Brazil would have eased their minds a little.
For someone so young, Campbell has pulled out some impressive displays for Costa Rica this summer and has been a key figure in their progression from the group stages on the World Cup. It has left many thinking that maybe he could be the man Wenger needs next season to fire them to their first Premier League title in 11 years.
Although we have pace and speed on the wings, we don’t have this in the centre-forward position with Giroud. The Frenchman has great hold-up play and is very good in the air but is unable to latch onto balls and beat defenders in a foot race. This is where I believe Campbell would flourish – getting onto Giroud’s flick-ons and through balls played by Ozil and co.
Granted Campbell does not have any Premier league experience but he has pace and the ability to succeed in the English game, and if his work permit issues are resolved then the youngster should be given a go next season.
He could well be the missing piece in Wenger’s puzzle.