WTTGT Writer: Matt Mace
Last month, Arsenal F.C announced that they had reached an agreement to sign promising youngster, Joel Campbell from Costa Rican side Deportivo Saprissa. Richard Law, a club executive for the Gunners recently flew out to South America in an attempt to clinch the £900,000 deal for the 19 year old striker who has recently represented his country in both the CONCACAF Gold Cup and the Copa America. Despite stumbling points over wages it has been announced that Arsenal are in pole position to sign the centre forward.
Whilst it is unlikely that this signing will satisfy fans in terms of transfer activity, it at least shows intent on Mr. Wenger’s behalf. And, as Arsenal fans wait impatiently for more arrivals at the Emirates, they are left to wonder just what the young South American can bring to Arsenal.
Well much like young attackers Carlos Vela and Wellington (who had to spend seasons on loan in Spain), Campbell will probably have to wait to ply his trade at the Emirates as a work permit is likely to be denied due to the fact that he has failed to make the adequate amount of appearances for Costa Rica.
These loan moves will be used over the next few years to develop the youngster’s already impressive attributes, and when he finally graces the Emirates’ turf, Arsenal fans can look forward to some energetic performances. Despite failing to score a senior goal at club level (for both Deportivo Saprissa and Puntarenas F.C) it is at international level where Campbell has been catching the eye.
With a ferocious left foot as well as demanding control over set-pieces Campbell, possesses a similar playing style to current Arsenal hero Robin van Persie. He has also demonstrated natural finishing instincts for Costa Rica at Under 20 level, whilst proving that he can step up against tougher opposition after netting on his debut for the adult side.
Goals against Bolivia and Cuba, as well as a hat-trick against the Cuba U20 team show promise, but it is undeniable that the Premier League will provide much tougher opposition, but Campbell’s speed, dribbling and eye for the odd spectacular goal means that Arsenal may have found another bargain that could well be lighting up the Premier League in the very near future.