Galatasaray interested in Arsenal's Joel Campbell as replacement for Lukas Podolski

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Turkish giants Galatasaray are interested in acquiring the services of Arsenal forward Joel Campbell, amidst rumours that Lukas Podolski is eyeing a move back to Germany in January.

The Costa Rican has largely struggled to establish himself at the Gunners since signing in 2011 but has recently secured a place in the starting line-up, owed largely to the injuries of his team-mates.

Theo Walcott, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Aaron Ramsey are all considered to be above Campbell in the pecking order at the Emirates, but injuries to the trio have given the 23-year-old a chance to shine.


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He has since failed to impress, though his goal against Swansea two weeks' ago somewhat silenced his critics.

As a result, according to talkSPORT, Galatasaray are keen to prise him away from the Gunners in replacement for the seemingly outgoing Podolski - a fan favourite during his time in north London prior to his move.

However, Campbell is unlikely to favour the move due to his determination to prove himself in an Arsenal shirt.

He told "I'm an Arsenal player and I'm very happy here. I'm fighting to achieve my aims and hope to stay here for a long time".

It's more than likely, though, that Campbell will lose his starting berth once either Walcott, Ramsey or Oxlade-Chamberlain - three of Arsene Wenger's most trusted men - recover from their setbacks.

The Emirates outfit have looked far more impressive and yielded positive results with the aforementioned three involved, including stellar 3-0 and 2-0 victories over Manchester United and European giants Bayern Munich respectively.

Campbell, on the other hand, has offered very little since his introduction, and could face yet another spell away from the Gunners should Wenger see his services as surplus to requirements.

Arsenal fans: how highly do you rate Joel Campbell, and do you want him to stay? Let us know in the comments below!

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