Joel Campbell was the third best player in the 2015/16 season behind Sanchez and Ozil.
Simple as that, with no doubts. However he was seemingly caught talking shit about Wenger whilst he could here him because he was inexplicably dropped for the 2nd half of that season. This was also for an out of form Ox and In form Iwobi at the rim with not even a bench place possible. Anyone who watches Joel knew he was a special play with the close control of a Cazorla and the workrate of an Alexis, he was an invaluable member of the squad. But a loan at Sporting has left him all but forgotten by most the Arsenal faithful but not me. I still believe he holds a role in next years title charge.
Arsenal’s bench has no game changers apart from Oliver Giroud and this will be a problem going forward. Welbeck adds energy but not goals, the Ox should be starting, Iwobi is still young and defenders are defenders. Campbell can take the ball left or right, dribble round you or swing in a cross, hold it on the wings or burst past you. Despite a seemingly poor year only 7 starts and 12 (pitiful minutes of) substitute apparences he managed 3 goals and 4 assists. Campbell is an impact player that can adapt to all situations.
Versatility and Consistancy
Campbell is also so versatile that he can fill all attacking roles. Family as a LM, RM, CAM, Winger and even ST he is a player can fill the gaps that need filling. Arsenal’s wing issues have been profound with an underperforming Iwobi, inconsistent Walcott and repositioned Ox all not making the role there own leaving a shunted out Ozil to try his best in a cramped corner of the pitch. Joel could have taken up the mantle of creative winger with consistent effect if he were here just like Wilshere during our Centre Mid crisis mid season but unlike Jack, Joel didn’t need a whole season to get back to his best, he already was.
This is probably my No.1 reason for it is he is the perfect back up for Bellerin at wingback. Now before you cry Oxlade-Chamberlain we all know as good as he is wing back is a waste of his potential. What makes him such a good backup is he has the talent to do a good job (unlike Jenko) but not too talented that he will hinder Bellerins progress (unlike Sidibe). His whoscored.com shows his strength to be in defensive contribution and for a LM he managed a 1.1 tackles per game and considering his 756 mins (or 8 full games and 36mins extra) of football that along with a nice stat line to base his future as a wingback…hopefully?
I think Joel is an invaluable squad member that in the long run will be vital but whether he stays or goes is up to Wenger. And unfortunately if he didn’t prove in the 2015/16 season he likely never will.