Is Wenger to blame if Joel Campbell doesn’t make it at Arsenal?

Should Arsenal have sent Joel Campbell on loan at the start of the campaign rather than using him so sporadically?

As last season drew to a close it looked like Arsenal’s Joel Campbell had a bright future at the Emirates Stadium.

A loan spell at Greek club Olympiakos saw the Costa Rica international score 11 goals and set up a further 12 and Gunners fans grew excited at the prospect of seeing the young winger back in North London.

Yet with Christmas fast approaching, rumours abound that Campbell could be set for the Emirates exit, having made just six appearances for Arsenal and enjoying just 131 minutes of senior football in the process.

Campbell has played more for his country than for his club this season so it would be no surprise if he did leave, but did his manager Arsene Wenger do him a disservice by not sending him out on loan in the summer?

Fresh off the back of a fine season on loan and having enjoyed a great World Cup, Campbell was riding the crest of a wave and there would have been plenty of top flight clubs keen on the 22-year-old.

Instead Wenger said he would use him at Arsenal, only to do so only sparingly.

Now the player has seen his form dip and is without a goal all season, meaning any chance he had of proving to Wenger that he could perform in the Premier League may be lost.

Of course Arsenal could opt to send Campbell out on loan next month rather than wave goodbye to him for ever, and he could turn things around in the second half of the campaign; but one wonders what would have happened if he had been sent on loan back in August.

Instead we may never know…

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