Are Arsenal about to repeat their Carlos Vela mistake all over again?

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Arsenal look set to virtually give Joel Campbell to Inter Milan - which would be a big mistake.

Arsenal fans are on the verge of mutiny this season, with an underwhelming start to the campaign already putting the Gunners 12 points behind league leaders Chelsea.

Some already believe that Arsenal are out of that title, and that the deficit is already insurmountable despite being just over a quarter of the way through the season.

Manager Arsene Wenger is not only under pressure from the supporters, but is now expected to spend in the January transfer window in order to sort out his side's issues.

Departures are expected too, with Tomas Rosicky and Lukas Podolski both unhappy at the lack of first team opportunities this season, but one fringe players looks closer to the exit.

Reports this week have suggested that forward Joel Campbell is on the verge of a January loan deal to Inter Milan, with Arsenal willing to let him move to the San Siro free of charge.

Campbell has played just 37 minutes of Premier League football this season despite starring at the World Cup in Costa Rica's run to the World Cup quarter-finals, and his situation feels eerily similar to that of Carlos Vela at Arsenal.

Both are CONCACAF forwards with great pace, dangerous left feet and have been stifled by a lack of playing time under Wenger at Arsenal.

Vela, now 25, was allowed to join Real Sociedad on loan back in 2011, and despite tallying 12 goals and seven assists, the Gunners let him go permanently.

Since then, the Mexican has scored 37 goals and made 24 assists, becoming one of the most dangerous players in La Liga - and would've been a valuable player in the Arsenal attack if he was just handed more of a chance.

In fact, with a £4m buy-back clause in his contract, you could argue that not bringing him back was worse than letting him go in the first place, particularly with the continued roles for Lukas Podolski and Yaya Sanogo in the Arsenal attack.

Now, Arsenal run the risk of making the same mistake with Campbell. He showed in Brazil that he can trouble defences, but he even carried the workload of the Costa Rica side in a lone striker role, largely feeding off scraps - yet still impressing against some of the world's top defences.

37 Premier League minutes isn't enough to judge Campbell on, and few would be surprised if he ends up leaving permanently and enjoying a similar career to Vela - and leave Arsenal to rue another error.

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