Could a £12m January deal cost Arsenal one of their best young strikers?

Olympiakos may push strongly to sign Joel Campbell permanently this summer.

Not many Arsenal fans would have looked up from their newspapers or spat out their coffee when Fulham’s £12 million deal for Kostas Mitroglou was announced.

There may have been a little surprise but you’d be hard pushed to find a diehard Gunner who would have been upset over that deal.

What Fulham may have inadvertently done is make the chances of an extremely talented young player leaving Arsenal, slightly greater.

Joel Campbell has just become a very important player for Olympiakos as Mitroglou leaves the club to come and play in the Premier League. Campbell has bagged six goals and nine assists in the Greek Super League this season and is on loan with Olympiakos until the end of June.

That loan deal means that Arsenal retain the power if Olympiakos decide to push for a permanent deal to sign the 21-year-old when his current loan agreement expires.

However, Campbell has grown used to regular football and currently enjoys a level of importance to a top European side that he’d be unlikely to savour at the Emirates Stadium.

Arsene Wenger is going to be under big pressure to make a big money, high profile striker signing which would virtually eradicate any chance that Campbell would have of first team football at the club next season.

A situation similar to Chelsea’s Thibaut Courtois at Atletico Madrid is possible, where Campbell could be loaned out to the Greek team again, but they are likely to want a more permanent solution with Mitroglou out of the door.

Campbell is still a young man but he is going to start looking for that certainty and security fairly soon as he heads towards his mid-20s and the chances of him joining Olympiakos permanently are greater than they would have been if Mitroglou hadn’t moved.

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