Joel Campbell could help replace Robin van Persie at Arsenal takes a look at Arsène Wenger's options in attack if Robin van Persie leaves, including Joel Campbell

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Robin van Persie is being linked with a move away from Arsenal Photo: Robin van Persie/Twitter

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Campbell can fill looming Emirates striker shortage

If Robin van Persie is on his way out of Arsenal this summer – as is being speculated – who will manager Arsène Wenger replace him with?

Arsenal supporters will hope Marouane Chamakh and Ju Young Park are also on their way out of The Emirates this summer, and on-loan Nicklas Bendtner won’t return from his spell at Sunderland.

If all the above occurs as predicted, Arsenal will be short on attacking options and so could the answer to Wenger’s woes be an unknown South American called Joel Campbell?

Campbell has set his sights firmly on breaking into the Arsenal first team next season – and believes he has got what it takes to do so.

The Costa Rican international signed for the Club from Deportivo Saprissa last August, but spent the season on loan at Ligue 1 outfit Lorient.

Campbell is following in the footsteps of Francis Coquelin, who also spent a season on loan at the French club, and the 19-year-old is now back and desperate to make his mark next term at The Emirates.

Is there anyone better in the loan market than Brendan Rodgers?

The news coming out of the Etihad is that John Guidetti could spend another year plying his trade away from the champions, and after a scintillating season with Feyenoord it seems the Liberty Stadium could be his destination next year.

The 20-year-old Swede grabbed 20 goals in 23 appearances in the Eredivisie last year and looks a real prospect for City.

And as Rodgers has proven this season, south Wales is as good a place as any for players with a point to prove or in need of game time.

Centre-half Stephen Caulker was excellent at the heart of the Swans defence this year, and it seems madness that Harry Redknapp might be considering bringing someone in to shore up his defence when he has Caulker at his disposal.

And if Caulker was impressive, that was nothing compared to Gylfi Sigurdsson, the Icelandic midfielder on loan from Hoffenheim.

The youngster notched up seven goals, including a couple of stunners after joining in January and looked a class act for Rodgers’ team.

So if City are adamant that they want Guidetti to get another season of first team experience under his belt, then they could do no better than sending him to learn under Rodgers.

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