Gunnerblog broke the story earlier that we are in negotiations to sign Costa Rica striker Joel Campbell. A name that wouldn't be out of place in a league two side. Before coming across the news I was thinking about our squad and in particular our striking options. With Bendtner trying to find himself a new home and Chamakh very probably going away with his national team in January then our need for a striker will probably be quite high on the list of priorities.
I would go as far as to say our need for another central striker to join the squad is more important than another center back. Whatever you think of our center backs, we have four of them. Three of them who are in my opinion, more than good enough to play for Arsenal and Squillaci if used at the right time would be the player to come in and give others a breather.
While we have plenty of attackers such as Walcott, Gervinho and Arshavin none of those players to my mind, have not played well consistently as a striker in a 4-3-3. Assuming that Bendtner is offski then we are very thin in that area.
Campbell is only 19 years of age and has no top league experience so I would be very surprised if he was bought and then brought straight into the first team set up and with a potential lack of forwards, we will need to add someone who can contribute to the first team straight away.
That being said, I didn't expect Carl Jenkinson to be a part of the first team but judging by his debut on Wednesday, it looks as if he may well be part of the first team set up and not in the reserves.
I do go a little 12 year old ish when a signing is potentially on the cards even if it is for a young player. Upon reading both Gunnerblog and YoungGuns who both have information on the player, I decided to do some top class scouting via two top class contacts that I know around the internet. You and Tube have given me tons of data on players and they showed me what Mr Campbell was all about.
Well, I like.
Those who have been brave enough to have endured my waffle over the last year may remember me continuously banging on about the need for Wenger to include a quick striker who can play on the shoulder. Since Henry and then Adebayor left the club our striking options have all been relatively slow.
Campbell looks like he has pace but he also has very good feet. He looks to have the ability to dribble past defenders as well as using his pace to get away from challenges but what looks impressive in the footage is his finishing. He looks to be a side footer and I like side footers. Instead of smashing the ball at the midriff of an out rushing keeper he looks the type of player to open up his body and guide the ball into the corner of the net in the way that Eduardo does so well.
With the arrival of Gervinho and hopefully Miyaichi and potentially Campbell, it looks as if we could have one of the quickest front lines in Europe and that would be exciting.
The only person who may not be too excited about his possible arrival would be Benik Afobe who is roughly the same age but competition is good. Speaking of which many of the reserves are in action right now against Woking.
The team looks a little like this..
Hajrovic Bartley Boateng Meade
Emmanuel-Thomas Afobe Watt
Aneke, Afobe and Emmanuel-Thomas ripped teams to shreds before both Afobe and Emmanuel-Thomas two of them were loaned out. The gap between our young players and first team players is growing smaller so these games for the reserve players are very important. Good luck to all of them and perhaps they will be joined by Mr Campbell.
Here are a few clips of the man.