Wenger offers Campbell Arsenal encouragement

Wenger offers Campbell Arsenal encouragement

Arsene Wenger says he’ll make a decision over Joel Campbell’s future in the summer but admits he could be tempted to include the Costa Rican striker in his Arsenal plans next season.

The 21-year-old, who now has the requisite paperwork to play in England, hasn’t featured for the Gunners since signing in 2011 embarking instead on loan spells at Lorient, Real Betis and current side Olympiakos.

Two days after watching the attacker score a stunning Champions League goal for the Greek club against Manchester United, the boss offered Campbell encouragement admitting he appears to have got to grips with European football.

“He was good, convincing going forward. He looks like he has adapted better to the physical side of the European game.

“We knew always that he had the talent to create something special, [perhaps] he relied a bit too much on that.

“He’s now been out at three different clubs, he was at Lorient, he was in Seville with Real Betis and now at Olympiakos and he has learnt the toughness of the European leagues.

“I will decide [on his future] later. Why not? We bought him to bring him here.”

Several clubs, including Olympiakos, are thought to be keen on signing Campbell on a permanent basis, but if he keeps knocking in the goals in Greece he’s certainly giving the boss something to think about.

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