Two key passes, five crosses, four dribbles: Arsenal's Joel Campbell shows some promise

Arsenal forward Joel Campbell looked rusty at times in the 4-1 Champions League win at Galatasaray, but there were certainly a lot of positives to be taken from his performance.

Two goals from Aaron Ramsey helped Arsenal get back to winning ways with a 4-1 Champions League win at Galatasaray on Tuesday night.

Criticised after Saturday's 3-2 defeat at Stoke City, Lukas Podolski got Arsene Wenger’s side off to a flying start with a thumping strike in the third minute, before Ramsey doubled their advantage eight minutes later.

The Welshman added a third just before the half-hour mark with a stunning left-footed 35-yard volley, before Podolski netted his second at the death after Wesley Sneijder had pulled one back for the hosts in the 88th-minute.

With Wenger picking an experimental line-up for the match in Istanbul, forward Joel Campbell was handed a rare start on the right-hand side of the attack and showed obvious moments of promise, almost grabbing a goal of his own in the first-half after breaking through the Galatasaray defence, only to be denied by a fine save from goalkeeper Sinan Bolat.

  Total ShotsShots On TargetTotal Key PassesTotal PassesPassing AccuracyTotal CrossesAccurate CrossesTotal DribblesSuccessful DribblesTouchesDispossessedMins Played
Joel Campbell 2 1 2 53 87% 5 1 4 3 84 4 90

The Costa Rican youngster impressed with his pace and power in spurts, particularly on the counter-attack and, while it was clear that there was some rust left over from the lack of first-team football in recent months, it was an overall positive outing.

Having previously made just seven appearances this season for a total of 132 minutes, frustration clearly got the better of him on a few occasions in the second-half as he tried desperately to get on the scoresheet, but a solid run of games would certainly help improve his somewhat questionable decision-making.

However, whether Wenger will give him that remains to be seen, with the Frenchman clearly not yet convinced that the 22-year-old is ready for a sizeable role in the team, despite his starring World Cup displays this past summer.

Nevertheless, amid rumours of a January loan move to Southampton or Galatasaray themselves, the Gunners boss has seemingly ruled out a temporary switch, telling after the match: “Campbell will stay with us.”

It therefore looks like he will need to work especially hard over the second half of the season in order to work his way further into Wenger’s plans.

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