Arsenal make mistake by loaning out Joel Campbell

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Arsenal's need for a striker is becoming more and more desperate by the day, but were they asking for trouble when they loaned out Joel Campbell?

Olivier Giroud has been in great form for the Gunners, but his form is starting to waver as the demands of being Arsenal's first choice striker weigh heavy on the Frenchman's shoulders.

So far Giroud has started 17 games for the Gunners - more than any other outfield player - and he cut the shape of an exhausted figure against Manchester United.

In his opening five games, Giroud scored four goal in five games but hasn't found the back of the net in his last four, signalling his need for a respite.

He needs support and in the form of Nicklas Bendtner and Chu-Young Park, he isn't getting any.

As a result, Arsene Wenger has been left sweating over Giroud's fitness because if he does need a spell on the sidelines, he is left with little option but to play inadequate reinforcements that won't be able to support a title challenge.

But it could have been so different for the Gunners as they have the perfect back-up for Giroud out on loan to Olympiakos in the form of Costa Rican international Campbell.

Campbell, who joined Arsenal in 2011 from Deportivo Saprissa, was granted a work permit last summer following a season on loan to Real Betis, but Wenger still decided to send him to the continent for another term.

He has now proved to Wenger that he was wrong to doubt his ability to contribute to the Gunners title push this season.

The 21-year-old has been one of the stars of the Greek side, who currently top the table by an impressive six points having taken 31 from a possible 33 so far.

That is partly thanks to Campbell who was named man of the match as Olympiakos beat title rivals Panathinaikos 4-0 with Campbell assisting two and scoring one.

Overall the player has scored three goals and assisted six, helping star player Konstantinos Mitroglou to the top of the scoring charts in Greece with 14 goals in eight starts.

The situation echoes that of Romelu Lukaku, who was shipped out on loan to Everton despite outscoring all of Chelsea's strikers whilst on loan to West Brom the season previous.

He has once again proved to be Chelsea's most in-form striker, outscoring Fernando Torres, Samuel Eto'o and Demba Ba in the Premier League.

Jose Mourinho has come in for criticism for such a decision and he is suffering the consequences. Chelsea lie four points behind Arsenal in the title race following defeats to Newcastle and Everton.

It is evident that both Wenger and Mourinho underestimated how effective both Campbell and Lukaku could be to their respective teams.

And as their loan rangers continue to flourish, the two managers could soon be ruing their decision to send them out of loan.

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