Report: Palermo weighing up Campbell swoop

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According to a report in Costa Rican newspaper La Nacion, Italian side Palermo are interested in taking Joel Campbell on loan for the season with an option to buy him next summer.

The 23-year-old striker is currently on holiday following his country’s Gold Cup campaign and is believed to be assessing his options with regular first team football under Arsene Wenger looking unlikely.

Campbell, who signed for Arsenal from homeland club Saprissa in 2011, has also been the subject of a rejected bid from Real Sociedad. David Moyes is understood to have tabled an offer that was dismissed out of hand by the Gunners board.

The attacker made 10 appearances in an Arsenal shirt last year before he was loaned to Villarreal in January. His move to Spain, which was preceded by the signing of a new contract at the Emirates, was the player’s fourth temporary move in the last four years after spells at Real Betis, French side Lorient and Greek giants Olympiakos.

La Nacion claim that Palermo’s sporting director, Manuel Gerolin, confirmed to them that president Maurizio Zamparini had already travelled to London to finalise a deal for Campbell. The Gunners are more keen to offload the player on a permanent basis, something the Italians are mulling over.

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Richie
Richie

Get out while you still can Joel!

Goonersmurf
Goonersmurf

Why?

Stringer Bell
Stringer Bell

Head and over spring to mind!!!

suci-gooner
suci-gooner

Does that mean he won’t be able to later.. I am having trouble understanding why he has to get out while he still can.. do we hold onto players who don’t want to be here? are there players who don’t want to be here? Isn’t that citeh?

CB
CB

Good luck to him. I don’t think he is good enough to play for us much, so hope he finds somewhere he can play regularly.

Man Manny
Man Manny

At 23, he is no longer a prospect. He should be playing week in, week out and that certainly won’t be at Arsenal if his recent showing (in the gold cup) is anything to by. Any where would do for him.

ontheup
ontheup

With Podolski and RVP worth pocket change (by football standards), and Sterling worth close to 50m, I just have no idea how much Campbell might be worth? I’d love it if we could get 5-7m. Beyond financials, let’s remember that Dick Law spent a summer in Costa Rica trying to sign him when we all wished Arsenal were doing business elsewhere. This has definitely not worked out.

ontheup
ontheup

Hold on. Campbell swoop. I just got it.

Cliff Bastin
Cliff Bastin

Mmmmmm….tomato….

bk 003

Though am a big fan of Campbell, unfortunately, there seems no real opportunities for him given the talent we have in the wide positions at the moment.

Miranda
Miranda

Good move for him. He looks very fetching in the sugar-pink strip.

santori
santori

Assuming a 25 man squad, we have paired ability (not necessarily similar) in each position :

1) CF – Giroud Welbeck
2) RW – Ox (?)
3) LW – Alexis Walcott
4) AM – Ozil Wilshere
5) CM- Ramsey Santi
6) DM – Coquelin Arteta
7) RB – Debuchy Bellerin
8) LB – Monreal Gibbs
9) CB – Metersecker Chambers
10) CB – Koscielny Gabriel
11) GK – Cech Ospina Martinez

That’s 23 players. With a 25 limit, we also have plenty of leeway with younger homegrown players in addition.

So there is one extra spot available for a more experience option on the flank even without considering a spot for exposure of younger players.

It is iMO the area Wenger may most likely add.

However we also have to consider two players in Campbell and Gnabry both of whom have not featured in pre-season.

1) Campbell – he has spent a lot of time on the fringe and is at similar stage to Coquelin last season. Has he done enough in recent Gold cup? Does he go on loan again or rather get sold for regular footy or take a final chance with us? He plays with more experience than the young pretenders (Akpom, Iwobi, Jeff) and his use of the ball is better.

2) Gnabry. Quite obviously in the training sessions but yet to feature and certainly missed pre-season games. He was extremely useful for the handful of games he played before his recent knock. Came back a bit heavy but may have trimmed down. Again slightly further ahead of young pretenders (Akpom, Iwobi, Jeff). Again probably uses the ball better and closest to replicating what Ox, Alexis and Walcott give us out wide.

Will be interesting to see if Wenger retains one of these two in the squad as an option out wide. Both are hungry for action but both are willing to take their chances from the bench.

So Wenger can add one of these two to squad and still have a position open for one of Akpom, Iwobi or Jeff. The other two should frankly go on loan. If Campbell does not break first squad this season, he should frankly move on for his career.

Even with these two positions filled there is space (number 25) left for one more player likely in the DM/CM area.

Nominally this is Flamini’s spot and he may yet be retained another season. As I have mentioned repeatedly, he is a much better player than many imagine him to be as there is a tendency to amplify his faults (overlook Coquelin’s) since it fits better into a narrative that we need a new DM.

Flamini has improved his ball retention this season (in 90 percentile at one stage) and in particular his use of the ball (especially forward pass). He has also weighed in with a goal (missed a couple) which suggest he knew when to gamble going forward in our more mobile set up.

That said, the one reason why Wenger may opt to replace him now may be bc he will have to deal with replacing both Arteta and Flamini next summer if not.

All is dependent on availability of a suitable candidate. (to price). I liked KOngdogbia for his physicality but also the extra dimension (and tidy feet) he gives going forward (as oppose to the more one dimensional Carvalho) but he was evidently too high a price for what Wenger flet he was prepared to pay.

Or Wenger may be looking at CMid issues differently. He may be more concern with a knock to Santi who has been the other (surprising) stalwart in the midfield set up.

Certainly he has been experimenting with various combinations in pre-season.

Against Everton we played a combination of Ramsey and Carzola to no detriment.

He has also played Carzola next to Arteta likely as a stress test and indeed he has also tried Hayden out.

Again, he retains the option of Flamini another season if anything for his versatilty as a last ditch option off the bench with experience (in lieu of Arteta’s exposure to injury with age)

So there are many ways to permutate our holding midfield.

We could play Coquelin deeper as a safety as we did most season.

Or we could play a more adventurous Ramsey/Carzola combination if we play against teams seated deeper and need more bodies further up to unlock them.

Or maybe a more cautious but slightly deeper Arteta/Carzola combination.

Either of Flamini may or may not also factor into these combinations and the gaffer will have to decide whether he retains the experience of the Frenchman, plumbs for youth potential in Hayden or indeed dip into market should say a Pogba move from Juve to say Barca open up the market in this area a bit.

Plenty of moving parts.

Trezy
Trezy

Playing Arteta and Carzola together is suicidal and I pray that never happens against the likes of chelsea. Flamini is average…wouldn’t make chelsea, city, liverpool or man u bench.

Arse Shaving
Arse Shaving

Rosicky?

santori
santori

If Campbell gets sold, it may signal preparation that we will bring in another wide player.

Someone like Draxler could be very useful adding capability wide but also could be converted into the CF position for the future (at age 21). He has the height, quick feet and shooting power for a more central role and his age is perfect. Giroud is 30+, Welbeck 24, Jeff 17 so a 21 yr old will tie in over season after and work into position over next 3 seasons (Jeff will still only be 20), Giroud will be likely gone at 33.

santori
santori

23 yr old is the time when players translate potential into capability

Consider Fanbregas and Nasri both became more effective at this age. Also recently Cqouelin. Both Ramsey and Walcott were considered by many surplus to use until they hit 23yrs. Ox is also showing signs of maturity at this age.

So it isn’t a far stretch either to give Campbell one last role of the dice over next half a season ala Coquelin.

arseblog
Admin

Cesc had been effective since 17, while Nasri had a good 4 month period.

Andy Mack
Andy Mack

23 is a very general number.
Some ‘make the step up’ before and some later.

Arsepedant
Arsepedant

Campbell’s had a series of loan moves, where he’s failed to impress. He’s had a handful of first team appearances with us, where he’s failed to impress. He just finished playing in the Gold Cup, where he failed to impress. In fact, in the Gold Cup, he was downright awful.

There are at least three and probably four striker options who are way ahead of him for selection. I don’t see any reason for hanging on to him. He’s simply an experiment that didn’t work out. I say we should ship him out and work on getting Akpom and Iwobi into the first team.

Brent
Brent

Campbell wasn’t awful in the Gold Cup, but he wasn’t good enough either. He did have that amazing run zipping around 4 defenders with 1 Mexican defender tearing his shirt in the, like 111′, when he had to be exhausted:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AOmqOYeNW3c

I’m a big Campbell defender, but even I know he’s not going to make it at Arsenal. I’d keep him until the end of August though, just to make sure Welbz is back or close to healthy and Giroud doesn’t get another freak injury.

Paul Robinson
Paul Robinson

Joel needs the club to believe in him, he is better than Sanogo, he needs game with our unit even if only in cup games. I will not pit a play against another but at 23 it is on him to show he can thrive here but we must give him the minutes.

paolo

Hello fans arsenal, Campbell here in Palermo can ‘do well, here we have enhanced many young players. Campbell sell, contract expires in 2016.

Ex-Priest Tobin
Ex-Priest Tobin

I’ve said all along Campbell will be better than Welbeck, and one day I will be proved correct.

arseblog
Admin

No you won’t

santori
santori

I think we have to still consider Gnabry.

He very much featured in training but did not get a chance to play pre-season.

The limited time that he featured before going out to recent injury, he looked robust and effective.

IMO if he is back to full fitness and proviso he is committed, he is way advance of Akpom, Iwobi or Jeff for the wide berth remaining for a player from our ranks.

If Campbell is moved on, that spot could be his. If not it’s a bit of a toss up.

Plus it will impact any space to bring another attacking asset in from market.

Campbell is a difficult one. he could do us a Coquelin this season or maybe not. He certainly is advance in age (like Coquelin) to consider whether he should waste more time waiting on the fringe or get on with regular football at a decent club and build his career.

He isn’t a poor player by any means and could just hit his stride this season but the gaffer will have to weight that near potential against what is available in market already.

Akpom, Jeff, iwobi have time on their side and can afford to wait another 2 seasons.