Patient Joel Campbell can be Arsenal’s saviour against Swansea
With Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain set to miss up to two months with a knee injury, and Danny Welbeck potentially rested following his lengthy absence, Joel Campbell could be just the man to solve Arsenal’s recent woes when they host Swansea.
Theo Walcott could be dropped too after the Englishman’s ineffective performance versus Manchester United, and after being a key man for the Gunners across the Autumn, Campbell will be relishing any chance to get back in the squad.
Walcott and Oxlade-Chamberlain had ousted the Costa Rican on the right of Arsenal’s supporting trio behind the top man in recent weeks, and without simplifying things too much, Wenger’s decision to do that has coincided with the Gunners’ slump in form.
Three wins in ten games across all competitions has set alarm bells ringing at the Emirates, while Campbell has featured just four times in Arsenal’s last nine fixtures.
The 23-year-old appeared to have cemented his place in the first-team with a string of excellent performances earlier in the campaign.
An industrious nature to see off either Walcott of Oxlade-Chamberlain, plus impressive footwork and intricate link-up play, looking back it seems a poor decision from Wenger to put the patient winger in the cold again.
With one ex-Southampton man in Oxlade-Chamberlain potentially out until May, and another in Walcott failing to produce the goods, the time is ripe for Campbell to be given another chance when Swansea visit the red half of north London.
One of the Costa Rican’s best performances came in the reverse fixture in October, where Campbell netted the third and final goal of a 3-0 victory at the Liberty Stadium.
Wenger has seen side’s Premier League title chase stutter in recent weeks, and handing a new lease of life to a man who has consistently performed for the Gunners when given a chance this term would surely be a boost.
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