Arsene Wenger has hinted he might not be tempted by the January sales and may well rely on the “quality” already in the Arsenal squad.
However, Wenger has now suggested that he may not need to spend in the winter transfer window with the emergence of Joel Campbell and the imminent return of Aaron Ramsey.
Wenger, who has been tipped to purchase a defensive midfielder, has been mightily impressed with the Costa Rican Campbell so much so that he is pondering giving the 23-year-old an extended run in the side by pushing the returning Ramsey in field.
“This season I didn’t want to loan him (Campbell) out because he has a genuine team attitude and he’s a fighter. What you want from him is to bring more offensively when he played, and recently he has shown, when he is confident, he can produce the offensive quality, said Wenger.
“I smelt something with him that is very interesting. The other night he had a positive attitude, he was not only playing safe. He’s creative. I could see that but the creativity is linked with the confidence.
“You open your eyes when you feel really free to take the initiative. That was a bit of his problem,” added Wenger.
Campbell was superb in the midweek win over Dinamo Zagreb and his emergence has come as a timely boost for Wenger with Ramsey (hamstring), Mikel Arteta (calf), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (knee) and Francis Coquelin (knee) all injured
“At the end of the day, you decide what’s best for the team. Ramsey is coming back of course… but it might be good to move Ramsey inside (in Coquelin’s defensive midfield position) during a game and give Campbell the opportunity.
“But the only danger we have is the combination of the injuries of Arteta and Coquelin, so it will all hang on (Mathieu) Flamini and Calum Chambers. who can play there as well.
“I’ve still got enough quality and players, if I did not manage to add to the squad in January, to deal with it, but we have an eye open,” added Wenger.