Young striker heading to the Emirates Stadium.
Arsenal Football Club has agreed terms with Costa Rican side Deportivo Saprissa to sign teenage striker Joel Campbell.
The 19-year-old who was in the Costa Rica squad for the recent Copa América and the Under-20 World Cup, has chosen the Gunners despite strong interest from a host of top European clubs.
Born in the Costa Rican capital San José, Campbell is predominantly left-footed and has made six full international appearances, scoring twice. He scored on his debut in a 5-0 win over Cuba at this year’s CONCACAF Gold Cup, helping his side to the Quarter-Final of the competition.
Campbell added a second to his tally against Bolivia in the Copa América. He has also scored ten times in twelve appearances at Under-20 level, including two goals in three appearances in the Under-20 World Cup in Colombia.
Campbell has had two seasons in his native Primera División, where he played for Deportivo Saprissa and on loan at Puntarenas, making a total of eight league appearances.
SOURCE: Official Arsenal Website
Whilst Arsenal supporters will be happy to see their side make new additions they would surely have issue with the purchase of yet another youngster who has no top level playing experience.
With Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri said to be close to agreeing moves to Barcelona and Man City respectively, there is growing pressure on Arsene Wenger to invest in established star players to help prove their ambition and improve chances of ending a six year silverware drought.
Thus far Arsenal have brought in Gervinho from Lille, Carl Jenkinson from Charlton Athletic and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain from Southampton, three additions that could not be considered earth shattering and arguably add little above what the club already possesses in their respective positions.
Many would suggest that fixing the club’s defensive issues should come ahead of yet more attacking talent.