Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger saw his side secure a 3-0 win over Swansea City on Saturday, with Joel Campbell playing a crucial role in the victory.
The Gunners have lost Aaron Ramsey, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Theo Walcott to injury in recent weeks, and that had forced Wenger to consider his options.
While the Frenchman had suggested that he may adjust his system by moving Santi Cazorla, as reported by Arsenal.com, he opted to bring Campbell into the starting line-up at the Liberty Stadium.
The Costa Rican international didn’t let him down as he was a threat throughout the game, as shown above, while he added the third goal to wrap up the victory.
Arsenal remain level at the top of the Premier League table with Manchester City following the win, although they still trail Manuel Pellegrini’s side on goal difference.
However, Wenger would have been delighted with the impact made by Campbell, who looked like a real threat cutting in from the right flank with his left foot.
Having waited for a chance for some time, as reported by ESPN last year, the 23-year-old took the opportunity with both hands as he worked hard for his teammates by tracking back while coupling that with a real offensive threat.
It is a timely boost for Wenger considering the personnel that he is without for the time being, although given Ramsey’s preference to play centrally and Oxlade-Chamberlain’s inconsistency, he may well consider giving Campbell an extended run in the side if he can continue to impress.
The Gunners face Bayern Munich in the Champions League on Wednesday night before taking on local rivals Tottenham next weekend as part of a crucial seven days for the club in their pursuit of silverware this season.