Arsenal have been forced to reject an approach from Liverpool this summer for in-form striker Joel Campbell, as the Reds joined a host of clubs wanting to take him on a season-long loan.
According to Goal the Gunners turned down an enquiry coming from Anfield for the services of Campbell, and it now looks as though the Costa Rica international could remain with Arsene Wenger’s squad until at least January. A scintillating showing at the World Cup, which topped off an eye-catching season with Olympiacos last term, has pushed Campbell into Wenger’s plans, but he currently finds himself behind Olivier Giroud and Yaya Sanogo in the pecking order for the striking berth.
As such the 22-year-old could consider a loan move away to continue his development by way of guaranteeing himself game-time, and a spell in the Premier League would certainly aid him in that respect. However it would appear that Wenger wasn’t keen on giving his rivals the upper hand, and thus turned down Brendan Rodgers’ advances earlier this summer.
The Frenchman confirmed recently that he believed his young forward had “matured a lot” and revealed that he intended to keep him on the books for this term. With neither Giroud or Sanogo having proved themselves overly prolific in England’s top flight thus far there may yet be a way for Campbell to force his way into Wenger’s starting XI, though the presence of Alexis Sanchez could also be a potential problem.
It’s clear to see why Liverpool endeavoured to try and sign Campbell, as they have yet to fully recover from the departure of Luis Suarez. Though a host of players have been brought in with the £75 million they received for the Uruguayan’s signature, they have yet to get their hands on a natural goalscorer.