Joel Campbell could make first Premier League start for Arsenal


Joel Campbell has been with Arsenal since 2011, but has yet to start a match in the Premier League.

That could change this weekend, as Campbell looks set to start in Arsenal’s match against Swansea City on Saturday (Watch live, 11 a.m. ET on USA and online via live Extra).

The Gunners are battling injuries, with Theo Walcott, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Aaron Ramsey all ruled out for the trip to Wales.

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Manager Arsene Wenger said Campbell has looked strong in training, and could play a big role in the side with all the injury problems.

I have been very impressed with Campbell, his attitude is outstanding and his daily dedication in training and his desire to improve is absolutely outstanding.

I think he can be a big help for us, and he can play centre forward don’t forget that. In the coming two to three months he can be a very important player for us.

Campbell left Costa Rica for Arsenal in 2011, but has failed to hold down a place in the first-team. He has made just 14 appearances for the Gunners, spending the past four seasons on loan.

Arsenal is on a run of four-straight wins in the Premier League, tied with Manchester City on 22 points at the top of the table. If Campbell can come in and put in some strong performances and help the Gunners maintain their form, he could become a more consistent figure in the first-team.