23-year-old Arsenal winger Joel Campbell joined the Gunners in 2011. However ever since, the player has been sent to several clubs on loan namely Lorient, Betis, Olympiacos, and Villareal. This has shaped him into a hardworking player and Wenger now believes that Campbell will fight hard to make a spot for him in the starting XI.
“Of course, you’re right,” the Arsenal boss replied when asked whether Campbell will provide a selection dilemma once everyone is fit.
“At the end of the day, you decide what’s best for the team. Ramsey is coming back, of course, Alexis Sanchez being there, but it’s good to move Ramsey inside during a game and give Campbell the opportunity as well.
“This season I didn’t want to give him out because he has a genuine team attitude and he’s a fighter.
“What you want from him is to bring more offensively when he played and recently he has shown when he is confident he can produce the offensive quality as well being reliable on the team attitude.
“He’s a fighter so that’s great for us. I smelt something with him that is very interesting.
“The other night he has a positive attitude, he was not only playing safe.”
“If you want to be in a top club today, you have to accept this competition,” he said. “Everybody wants to be a regular. I think he can become one.
“What is interesting for us is he adds some creativity in his passing and his vision.
“He has power and is not scared to put his foot in. He’s creative. I could see that, but the creativity is linked with the confidence.
“You open your eyes when you feel really free to take the initiative. That was a bit of his problem.
“I’m very keen to keep him here. A guy who comes here very young from Costa Rica, he has a learning process to the competition.
“Week in, week out to fight every week. He went to Lorient, Olympiakos and Villarreal and he has learned how hard life is at the top level. Now he is ready and he is still young.”
Seeing an improvement in his performance, there was news of him being sent on loan again as a place in the starting XI would not be really possible for the player. However, Wenger declined talks of any such transfer in January. ‘’This season I did not want to give him out because he has a genuine team attitude and he is a fighter,” Wenger told Mirror. “We had offers to loan him out, but I am very keen to keep him here. For a guy who comes from Costa Rica at a very young age, it is a learning process.
“He has to see competition week in, week out. He went to Lorient, Olympiacos and Villarreal and he has learned how hard life is at the top level. Now he is ready – and he is still young.”