Why Arsenal must sell Joel Campbell in January

The Costa Rica international must leave Arsenal permanently for the good of his career.

Arsenal’s players signed off before the latest international break with a brilliant performance against Manchester United on Sunday.

Two goals from Alexis Sanchez and one from Mesut Ozil gave the Gunners a 3-0 victory that lifted them to second in the Premier League table, just two points behind current leaders Manchester City.

But the international break also allows us a chance to consider what may happen a little further down the line, namely in January when Arsenal may well bid farewell to some of their fringe players, and there is one in particular that the club should sell.

Joel Campbell is now 23 and he appears to be no nearer to a first-team breakthrough at the Emirates Stadium.

In fact this season the Costa Rica international is yet to play for a single minute in the league and he has only played a total of 95 minutes in the cup competitions.

With no goals or assists in 13 senior appearances for Arsenal, surely it is time he moved on in order to find a club where he can settle for the long term and feature regularly.

Constant loan moves are not the answer and with the likes of Sanchez, Theo Walcott, Olivier Giroud and Danny Welbeck at the club what chance does Campbell have of breaking through?

This January he should be sold; because no matter how much he may want to make it at Arsenal, the odds are heavily stacked against him.

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