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Signing forgotten Arsenal man would be a signal of Swansea’s intent

| 02.12.2014

When Olivier Giroud was ruled out of the majority of the Premier League’s opening half through injury, it looked like forgotten Arsenal striker Joel Campbell would have the chance to remind fans who he was.

A couple of days later Danny Welbeck arrived at the Emirates and the Costa Rican striker was again shunted to back of Gunners minds everywhere.

Now, with the January transfer window approaching, Campbell’s name is back on people’s lips, with his lack of game-time in north London a catalyst for rumours linking him with a move away from Arsenal.

His only start of the season came in the club’s 2-1 defeat to Southampton in the Capital One Cup and he has accumulated just 54 minutes of action in his four substitute appearances in both the Premier League and Champions League.

With Giroud returning from injury far quicker than expected to form an attacking triumvirate with Welbeck and the astonishing Alexis Sanchez, Campbell is set for a winter exit from the 4/7 top-four shots.

At the forefront of clambering admirers willing to take the 22-year-old off Arsene Wenger’s hands are Swansea, who are in need of a contingency plan should Wilfried Bony be sold, get injured or make the Ivory Coast’s African Cup of Nations squad in January.

The Ivorian has continued impressing for the south Wales club, who are 3/4 to beat QPR next time out, scoring six times in 11 starts.

However, no other Swan has more than three league goals to their name, including back-up frontman Bafetimbi Gomis.

With the Liberty Stadium-club just one point off a top-six finish, and an 18/1 shot for the feat with Ladbrokes, manager Garry Monk will need a larger squad if European football is achieved next season, with Campbell providing the perfect chance to start the recruitment drive in January.

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Matt Wiggins

No idyllic sound comes close to leather on willow for Matt, whose previous experience includes stints with Spin Magazine and Surrey County Cricket Club. It's not just cricket that interests him though, with football, golf, tennis and any American sport not played on ice all high on his list of favourites.