The decision Arsenal's Joel Campbell must take to get back on track

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Joel Campbell’s situation isn’t likely to improve at Arsenal and links with Inter may be just the answer he needs.

Last week reports emerged that Joel Campbell is 'angry' and 'impatient' with his situation at Arsenal – and understandably so.

After a brilliant World Cup in which he helped lift Costa Rica to unprecedented heights, the 22-year-old looked set to finally get his chance at the Emirates instead of another loan.

Campbell has been handed that opportunity in some regard – Arsene Wenger opted to keep him at home base this term – but has barely featured as he would have liked.

A total of 37 minutes in the Premier League and 16 in the Champions League simply isn’t good enough for the young star by all accounts and a January exit is possible.

Sitting on the bench is doing the Costa Rican no good at this point in his career, having shown he’s a capable operator at the highest level and wanting to play consistently to maximise his potential.

Before Wenger made the final decision to keep him at the Emirates, a summer exit to Italy emerged as a possibility, with several top Serie A sides interested in his services.

Inter were listed as one of the potential suitors and have now entered the frame once more as Campbell has been mired on the bench at Arsenal in the past months.

And joining the Nerazzurri is quite possibly the best decision he could make at this point, should he force the issue and leave the Gunners in January.

Walter Mazzarri’s side have been in search of a dynamic forward that can inject pace and creativity into the attack, as well as presenting a threat in wide areas, for some time.

They failed to sign both Campbell and other alternatives such as Xherdan Shaqiri in the summer. As such, it’s quite understandable Inter would circle back to the Costa Rican given his lack of prosperity with the Gunners.

If Campbell were to make the move to San Siro, he’d likely find plentiful opportunities there. Rodrigo Palacio is on the wane at 32 – no goals in 633 Serie A minutes – while Pablo Osvaldo is only on loan and has constantly struggled with injuries.

Burgeoning star Mauro Icardi thus needs a consistent strike partner to play with in Mazzarri’s 3-5-2 - a versatile Campbell would be an excellent complement to the Argentine.

Campbell won’t be getting that opportunity at Arsenal with Wenger always intent on player a lone striker up front supported by attacking midfielders.

Arsenal will still be able to get a solid fee for Campbell in January as his World Cup exploits are still fresh, and there’s no reason to keep him around with no future at the Emirates.

Inter could prove a fruitful destination for him should he take the decision to agitate for a move come the New Year, a choice that would suit all involved based on the current situation - and give Campbell the launching pad he craves.

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