Arsene Wenger says it's "now or never" for Costa Rica forward Joel Campbell

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Arsenal have been plagued by injuries for well over five consecutive seasons.

Every year, the Gunners' start the campaign promisingly, only to be halted with key injuries towards the main stretch of the season. Sadly, this year is proving no different.

Arsene Wenger's long list of injuries includes: Jack Wilshere, David Ospina, Mikel Arteta, Danny Welbeck, Tomas Rosicky and now Aaron Ramsey, Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain have recently joined the list.


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With the latter three sidelined for at least three weeks and bound to miss two important matchups - against Bayern Munich and Tottenham - an impending sense of panic looms across the minds of fans and quite possibly within the club.

But there is one person who can benefit in the midst of this injury-plagued crisis: Joel Campbell.

“I have been very impressed with him (Campbell), his attitude is outstanding,” Wenger told the media last week. “He can be a big help for us. In the coming two to three months, he can be very important."

Reports say Oxlade-Chamberlain will be out approximately 20 days and Walcott will be out "a little more than that". But the Arsenal boss believes Campbell is fit to fill their positions perfectly.

“He has two ­positions – right side and centre-forward. He is a mixture of Walcott and Olivier Giroud.”

Campbell did not disappoint on Saturday against Swansea. He played a very solid first half and capped off his performance with the third goal to seal the game for the Gunners, placing them atop the Barclays Premier League tied at 25 points with Manchester City.

He will have to be on the top of his game if he wants to see more playing time for Arsenal. The next few weeks will be crucial, especially the Champions League away clash against Bayern.

How will Joel Campbell perform during the next month? Is he a good solution to the Walcott and Oxlade-Chamberlain injuries? Tell us what you think!

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