Arsenal’s under-21 clash against West Brom last night produced three huge positives for Arsene Wenger to mull over in relation to the first team.
Firstly, Abou Diaby featured from the start. Secondly, Joel Campbell was on top form and proved that he can play up front. Thirdly, the youngsters (and a couple of more experienced players) won the game 4-2.
Diaby has the attributes to be the midfield general that has been missing from this Arsenal team over the last couple of seasons but his injury problems have been well documented.
It’s encouraging for Gunners to see him mixing with the younger players at the club and he showed no hesitation in celebrating Dan Crowley’s goal, which was the only Arsenal strike not converted by Chuba Akpom.
For Campbell the aim is clear, put as much pressure on Wenger not to go and sign another striker before the close of the transfer window this Monday.
Obviously the step up from under-21 football to Premier League and European football is massive but Campbell is doing everything he can to try and get a chance in the first team.
There aren’t too many negatives from the game last night.