Joel Campbell is shaping up to be a very exciting prospect for Arsenal ahead of next season, as he continued his good form for Olympiakos with a stunning goal against Manchester United in the Champions League earlier this week.
There has been a lot of pressure on Arsene Wenger in the recent past to go out and find a striker to bring in during the summer but there are several reasons he should give Campbell a chance and reasons he could thrive at the Gunners next season.
He’s scored seven in the Greek Super League this season and that strike against United was his first in the Champions League.
He’s showing that he’s got great composure when he’s put into high pressure situations in front of goal. That composure could make the difference in a tight and important Premier League game.
He has ten in the Greek league already this season and could improve that number substantially by the end of the season.
That that suggests is that he has great awareness of those around him and isn’t an overly selfish striker, playing the simple pass to someone in a better position.
Again, that could help Arsenal win a tight game.
Analysing his goal against Manchester United last Tuesday, he showed a lot more intelligence than many will give him credit for.
After making Michael Carrick look foolish, he used Rio Ferdinand as a shield to curl the ball around, which made it slightly more difficult for David De Gea to get near the shot.
That sort of intelligence shows that he can improvise in difficult situations to try and give himself the best chance of scoring.
He’s playing with an average passing success rate of 75% in the Champions League this season.
Arsenal are a passing team, one of the best in the world, so his performances in the Champions League (generally higher quality than the Greek league) suggest he shouldn’t have any problem fitting in with the tactics and conventional way that Arsene Wenger likes his teams to play football.
Discipline and Fitness
His discipline is superb this season; he’s only been booked twice in all appearances for club and country.
His fitness has also been superb as he’s not suffered from any serious problem, only missing games for Olympiakos because of international duty.
What that all means is that he’s reliable and available, with Wenger not having to worry too much about him becoming needlessly suspended or having a long history of persistent injury problems.