Arsenal fans may have been hoping to see a host of big-name strikers being linked with moves to the Emirates Stadium this summer, but it would appear that Arsene Wenger is ready to place his faith in World Cup star Joel Campbell, as opposed to spending lavishly in the transfer market.
The Metro claims that Wenger will turn to the Costa Rican forward to solve the Gunners’ current crisis up top, and that he has already told him to report to pre-season training. This is in contrast to underlying speculation which continues to suggest Campbell could be sold this year, with a £16million price tag having been placed over his head.
The 22-year-old forward's stock has increased significantly this season thanks to his appearances for Olympiacos and Costa Rica. His performances on the domestic front were taken to new heights when he scored against Manchester United in the Champions League, and his showing at the World Cup in Brazil has done little to sate the appetite of Gunners fans wanting to see him be given a shot in the Premier League.
Of course there are those who would rather place their faith in tried and trusted hit-men like Karim Benzema and Loic Remy, and Wenger could evoke a degree of ire from the stands if he opts not to open his wallet this summer. Following on Arsenal's F.A Cup success last term the club is keen to challenge for major trophies, and a lack of willingness to spend money may be seen in some quarters as a lack of ambition.
If indeed the 22-year-old does end up leaving north London then there is hope for Arsenal in the shape of Barcelona star Alexis Sanchez.
The Chilean forward, coming off the back of a remarkable showing in the World Cup, is said to favour a move to the Gunners over Liverpool, and certain claims have been made that there is even an agreement between the player and Arsenal regarding a summer switch. If that's true then few supporters in north London will complain, as Sanchez is a bonafide goalscorer with plenty of experience at the top level.
The Catalan striker is also wanted at a number of other clubs however, and Juventus will likely make an attempt to stop Wenger from luring him to the Emirates Stadium.
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