Arsene Wenger runs rule over Joel Campbell’s Arsenal future
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says it is a case of now or never in Joel Campbell's Gunners career
Arsene Wenger has warned Joel Campbell that it is a case of now or never in his Arsenal career.
The Costa Rica international made a rare start in Arsenal’s 3-0 defeat by Sheffield Wednesday in the League Cup on Tuesday night.
The Arsenal manager opted to retain Campbell’s services for the 2015/16 season after loan spells at Lorient, Real Betis, Olympiacos and Villarreal.
However, the Frenchman warned the promising South American striker that he is running out of time to forge a career at Emirates Stadium.
“I wanted to keep him here, I felt he has been on loan two or three times and that it is now or never for him with us,” Wenger told his pre-match media conference on Friday morning.
“For him, as well, you belong to a club, you go one time out, two times out then after that you don’t know any more if you belong to the club or not.”
The 23-year-old shot to international prominence after a series of impressive displays to help Costa Rica reach the knockout stage of the World Cup last year.
Campebell scored Olympiacos’s second goal in a memorable 2-0 victory over David Moyes’s struggling Manchester United side in the Champions League in 2014.
However, the Costa Rican has failed to recreate that form for the north London side, although he has only made three appearances in all competitions this season.