Joel Campbell sounds out AC Milan over Arsenal exit

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Arsenal forward Joel Campbell is concerned that he may only be a bit-part player at the Emirates this season and is open to the prospect of joining AC Milan on loan if consistent first-team opportunities aren't forthcoming at the Emirates this season, according to The Mirror.

Campbell finally made his Arsenal bow in the Emirates Cup on Saturday and was particularly impressive, scoring a volley and proving a constant menace in a 5-1 victory over Benfica.

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger is on record as stating that the Costa Rica hitman will stay and fight for a starting spot this term, but that hasn't stopped Campbell exploring his options.

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Exploring options

Wenger definitely has a job on his hands to convince Campbell that he'll get the chance to shine in the Premier League this season, but it looks like a case of now or never for the 22-year-old in terms of forging a career at Arsenal.

Campbell has consistently improved during three seasons on loan across Europe and also looked a force to be reckoned with at the World Cup finals, paving the way for his return to pre-season training with Wenger's squad.

News of interest from AC Milan comes as no surprise and Campbell's agent reportedly took a meeting with Rossoneri representatives in London last weekend, openly courting the idea of another loan stint if a starting spot at the San Siro is guaranteed.

Wenger's dilemma

Arsenal have the likes of Olivier Giroud and Alexis Sanchez standing in the way of Campbell getting the coveted lone central strike role from the off, but his pace and versatility are definitely assets Wenger will look to get the best out of if Milan's best efforts to complete a loan swoop are knocked back.

Campbell can play anywhere across the front and was used effectively by Olympiacos from the right last season, scoring 11 goals in all competitions.

Wenger now has a tough call to make, should he sign another striker that can directly replace Olivier Giroud, or give a raw talent in Campbell the platform to prove he can cut it at the highest level week-in week-out over the next 10 months?

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