Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Goal Goal Campbell Arsenal have had some Campbells down the years. There was Kevin. Striker (didn’t always get things Wright). Sol. Defender (hilariously nicked from Sp*rs). And before the days of the Rob the Chef there was Oxtail. Soup (served daily in the canteen). Now there might be another one on the horizon. Joel. Forward (makes Rio Ferdinand look statuesque). You might remember we spent half a summer in Costa Rica trying to find this guy’s real agent and when we did we signed him up and everyone was happy except our application for a work permit was turned down and then Cesc left and Nasti left and then everyone was glum. That was the summer we went on to get beaten 8-2 at Old Trafford, by the way (just to provide some context). So our only option was to loan him out. So, he went off on his travels: 2011-12: Lorient, Ligue Uuuuuuun – 25 appearances, 4 goals, 4 yellow cards. 2012-13: Real Betis, La Liga – 28 appearances, 2 goals, 8 yellow cards, 1 red card. Then, last summer, he was granted a work permit but instead of integrating him into the squad we sent him out on loan again, this time to Olympiacos. I have to say I thought that was pretty much that. Sending him away and keeping Ryo Miyaichi, for example, seemed implicit backing of one over the other, and as Miyaichi is a long, long way from ever playing first team football for us, I thought that might a measure of Campbell’s quality. Last night, however, he showed he might well have something to offer. That was his eighth goal of the season (just 2 yellow cards), and he did it on European football’s biggest stage against one of European football’s biggest clubs. Ok, so that club might be playing like Superman with Kryptonite boots who ate some bad prawns and spent all night spewing lava-hot bile from both ends, but still.