Could the World Cup be the chance this forgotten Arsenal man needs?

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Joel Campbell is yet to make his Arsenal debut after signing for the club in 2011, but could the World Cup be the opportunity he needs to impress?

Arsenal’s persistent problems with finding a striker are the source of much annoyance around the Emirates currently.

Despite ending their trophy drought, with victory in the FA Cup, there is still a sense of frustration around the London club about their Premier League campaign.

Up until the turn of the year, Arsenal had established themselves as title contenders, but they fell away after the January transfer window and ended up finishing in fourth spot.

One of the major factors behind this decline was their lack of a striker. Arsene Wenger’s prudence in the transfer window is one of his greatest strengths, but also one of his biggest weaknesses and if he been more care-free and splashed the cash on a potent centre-forward then Arsenal may have maintained their early season form.

Olivier Giroud’s record in England is credible, but his profligacy in-front of goal is often what prompts him to face such criticism.

It is in the lack of depth in this position that Arsenal have that the problem really lies, though. Nicklas Bendtner has left the club this summer, but he played the role of understudy to the Frenchman last year – despite his struggles in England for a sustained period of time.

In the end, Yaya Sanago overtook him in Wenger’s pecking order, but there is a rawness to his play that needs to be developed before he can be considered a regular first-team pick for a side with title ambitions.

It has meant that Arsenal have already been linked with making a move for a clutch of high-profile front-men – with Karim Benzema and Carlos Vela just two who have been rumoured to be making a move to London.

But could there already be a solution to a problem that has plagued Wenger’s side for a considerable amount of time?

Joel Campbell has been farmed out on loan ever since signing for Arsenal in 2011, but he has impressed at every side he has been to.

Last season he was one of Olympiacos’s key players as they secured the Greek title once again.

He announced himself to English fans by scoring against Manchester United in the Champions League, too, proving that he can find the net against Premier League opposition.

In that game he was a threat because of the pace and strength that he possesses and he will be hoping that he can show that in Brazil this summer.

Campbell is set to be a prominent member of the Costa Rica’s World Cup campaign and that could be the perfect platform for him to impress.

Costa Rica are in a group against some high quality opposition with Italy, Uruguay and England all vying for the two qualifying spots alongside them.

And if Campbell can prove he can trouble the defence of three sides that will have ambitions of going all the way he may just do enough to convince Wenger that he is better off spending his money elsewhere and giving him a chance to lead the line next campaign.

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