Arsene Wenger has heaped praise on Joel Campbell, saying that the 23 year old is this season’s Francis Coquelin.
The French midfielder was almost surplus to requirements last year, sent to Charlton on loan until an injury crisis saw him recalled, at which point he absolutely nailed down a place in the side with some fantastic performances.
Similarly, Campbell was very much on the fringes of the squad when this season began, but an unprecedented injury list [/sarcasm font] provided him with an opportunity that he too has taken with both hands. He’s now scored 3 goals and his all-round performances have been hard-working and effective.
Speaking after the game yesterday, the Arsenal manager said, “Joel was very good. He is kind of in Coquelin’s position last year. Nobody expected him, and now he is taking his place in the team and he is ready to fight for the position and he is efficient.
“I agree [that he is playing with confidence]. That comes out of his game. Compare one month ago to today, he believes he belongs there and has a right to play.”
Not only did he score yesterday, he got himself a Hlebtastic pre-assist too with a lovely ball to Hector Bellerin.
All in all a souper day for Joel.