3 loanees compete for second chance at Arsenal

Lucas Perez

There has already been plenty of talk that Unai Emery fancies a bit of Lucas Perez.

The squad that finished the season last year was one attacker short. A wide man. We need someone to fill the talent gap between Alex Iwobi and Henrik Mkhitaryan. We need a winger who is also comfortable inside.

A budget solution will be Lucas Perez returning to the squad.

The 30-year-old Spaniard joined Arsenal in 2016 for £17.1 million from Deportivo, but struggled for game time.

7 goals in 21 games was not the worst, but 5 of those goals came in two games – against Nottingham Forest and FC Basel.

Last year, he was shipped back to Deportivo where he struggled to find the form that led to his big transfer to Arsenal.

His struggles back in Spain have been well document, with Deportivo writing “Get out of our club” on his former house in the Spanish city.

Despite struggling, he still contributed 8 goals and 6 assists in La Liga last season.

I would not be entirely happy if he returned, but we should not sell him until we get in that extra attacker.

Joel Campbell

Despite being told many years ago to “get out whilst you can Joel”, the Costa Rican forward is some how still on the books at Arsenal.

He created a lot of debate whilst at the club, with many claiming he should have got more game time.

Having struggled to get a work permit after agreeing to join the club in 2011, Campbell played 40 games in the two seasons he was part of the first team squad – scoring just 4 goals.

Since then, he has struggled on loan deals in Spain (for Villarreal & Real Betis) and Portugal (for sporting) – perhaps showing that he does not quite have it for the top level.

At all 3 clubs, he struggled to become a first team regular, scoring just 6 goals in 59 games. His career is pretty much 1 in 10.

For the same reason as we might keep hold of Lucas Perez, Joel Campbell might get a second life at Arsenal if we do not recruit the forward that we need.

It would take Arsenal to not sign anyone, and cash in on Lucas Perez, but there is an outside chance that he might still be at Arsenal when the transfer window shuts in early August.

No longer a youngster – he recently turned 25 – Campbell played 90 minutes against Switzerland (his first start of this World Cup). He looked quite impressive. Assisted the first goal and won the penalty for the second.

There is confusion as to whether his contract runs out in 2018 or 2019.

If it is 2018, today will be the last day he is at arsenal making these 281 word pointless.

Jeff Reine-Adélaïde

It is 3 summers since Frenchman Jeff Reine-Adelaide had an impressive pre season that got a lot of Arsenal fans exicted. He has since shown how hard it is to go from talented teenager to established senior pro.

Now 20, he spent the second half of last season on loan to Angers in the French Ligue 1, where he failed to score or assist in 443 minutes of football; his light being a man of the Match performance against Bordeaux.

In 2017 he looked on the verge of breaking into the first team squad, but an injury in January ruled him out for nearly 12 months.

Arsenal might decide that rather than spend big on a talented youngster to provide the width and competition, to give one of their own a chance.

Personally, I would like us to still sign someone between Iwobi and Mkhitaryan (Jeff is not as good as Iwobi) and then keep Jeff in the squad for the Europa League – at 20-years-old he does not take up a first team squad place.


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