Why Arsenal mustn't bring Joel Campbell back to England

Arsenal cannot allow youngster Joel Campbell to come back to the Premier League just yet.

There seem to be two teams interested in taking him on loan next season in the form of West Ham United and Crystal Palace but Arsenal may be better off if they leave him in Spain.

Campbell had a big impact with Real Betis last season, scoring goals and putting in big performances which suggest he could definitely feature for the Arsenal first team in the near future.

There are a few risks involved if they bring him back to English football right now, which could affect his relationship with the club.

The biggest threat is that he’ll get so hungry for first team football at West Ham or Palace that he’ll put pressure on Arsenal to either play him or to move him on.

Arsene Wenger is already under enough pressure now the fans will be expecting silverware because of the cash that Arsenal have been boasting about over the last couple of weeks.

It’s also a move which could see a wedge driven between him and the club that eventually, would only mean a negative outcome for both parties.

Arsenal have to be very careful over when they decide to feed Premier League football to Campbell because it can be very addictive to players at such a young age.

With the likes of Podolski, Walcott, Giroud and possibly Higuain all fighting for a starting place in attack, Campbell is not going to get anywhere near that frontline any time soon.

Campbell is also a small striker, which means he’ll be a target in those lower profile Premier League sides.

The Hammers and Palace won’t always play a pure brand of football next season, using the physical side of the game to level the playing field where possible against better teams.

The old saying of fight fire with fire may apply, which puts Campbell in the firing line, increasing the chances that he’ll pick up a bad injury which will only see him sent back to the club in a worse condition.

Leaving him with Real Betis is a better option because of the general style of football in Spain, how protected he will be in that side and the generally less physical nature of Spanish football.

Style of play is very important for the player’s development and Wenger will want him to continue playing in a way that suits Arsenal’s fluent style of football and the tactics they conventionally use.

He’s only 20-years-old and doesn’t have to make any big decisions just yet.

What do you think? Would it be a mistake for Arsenal to bring Campbell back to England?

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