Arsenal will give debuts to summer acquisitions Alexis Sanchez, Mathieu Debuchy and Calum Chambers this weekend, although it will be the potential introduction of Joel Campbell that will provide the most interest for some.
Campbell is a fully fledged member of the Arsenal squad for the first time, despite signing for the club three years ago, and he too awaits his bow for the north London club, and is expected to make it in the Emirates Cup.
But it may well be that this is the only time Campbell does play in Arsenal colours. He has become a significantly more sellable asset since his performances at the World Cup, and the Gunners could get a hefty price for the peripheral figure in this transfer window.
AC Milan interest
As reported in The Telegraph, Campbell is a target for AC Milan, and representatives from the club will be in attendance at the Emirates Stadium this weekend with the brief of filing a report on the young Costa Rican upon their return.
Campbell performed well during his loan stint with Olympiacos last season, scoring a memorable goal against Manchester United in the Champions League, but it was his displays at Brazil that resulted in the most serious interest from potential suitors.
The 22-year-old was able to perform to distinction in a Costa Rica side that reached the quarter-final stage of the competition, and these displays have led to a price tag of £16 million placed upon the player by his representatives, although perhaps they have got a little carried away.
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Future in north London?
Earlier in the summer it had appeared as though Campbell may depart Arsenal before he was even afforded a chance to play for the club, but at least there will be an opportunity to prove his worth, even if it is futile in the long run.
It would have been a shame indeed if Arsene Wenger had taken the decision to sell Campbell before analysing him at close quarters, and the Arsenal manager and fans alike will be keen to see how he adapts on debut.
Realistically, however, a departure would still appear the most likely - whether that is a fourth loan move or a permanent transfer - given the number of players Arsenal already have able to operate in Campbell’s favoured positions.
The Sanchez signing has further damaged Campbell’s prospects at Arsenal, while the eventual return of Theo Walcott injury will provide even more competition for a place in the team, or even one on the bench.
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