In quintessential Arsene Wenger style, with Arsenal struggling for goals, he’s decided to loan out young striker Joel Campbell to Sporting Lisbon.
Arsenal fans had plenty to say on Twitter as the club announced the deal.
JOKE OF A CLUB!!
Making the squad smaller and smaller to cover the cost for those 600 staff…. Joke of a club
— Jimmy Chilides (@jimmy_chilides) August 21, 2016
Cannot believe we let Joel Campbell leave on loan.
— Le Grove (@LeGrove) August 21, 2016
Arsenal have loaned Joel Campbell to Sporting Lisbon.
"We've got too many players, got to get rid of a few" said Arsene Wenger.
— Paddy Power (@paddypower) August 21, 2016
Theo Walcott was the subject of some (probably justified) criticism from the Gunners’ fanbase.
so talented. Loan out Walcott to the Qatar league or the Free Agents
— Joe (@ffsJoeAFC) August 21, 2016
You spelt Theo Walcott wrong
— James Vella (@jvella7gooner) August 21, 2016
How he can be sent on loan when we have Sanogo & Walcott still taking wages is a joke!
— Jon (@Jonnyarsenal) August 21, 2016
Theo Walcott over Joel Campbell is the funniest joke to ever happen at Arsenal after we signed Silvestre.
Am so disappointed
— Mohamed Not ElNneny (@ElNnenyM) August 21, 2016
Scratching my head at Wenger's decision to loan out Joel Campbell (one of our best players last season) and keep the useless donkey Walcott.
— wow, somebody actually (@3xceptional_) August 21, 2016
Arsene Wenger, not exactly popular with supporters at the moment, also took the brunt of Twitter’s rage.
— S Wimbledon Gossip (@riomegan) August 21, 2016
The club broke the news on their official account today, much to the chagrin of the fans.
— Arsenal (@Arsenal) August 21, 2016
“The 24-year-old scored four times in 30 first-team appearances last year, having joined the club in 2011 and enjoying previous loan spells at Lorient, Real Betis, Olympiacos and Villarreal.”
It’s the most recent in a long line of vexing decisions from the club this transfer window. From somehow botching the seemingly inevitable move of Jamie Vardy to dragging their heels over a few million euro in the negotiations for Shkodran Mustafi.
Wenger now faces a simple task. Sign a striker or come next May, his erratic tenure will surely be over. Without a proven goalscorer, they might finally miss out on the Champions League qualification that his kept him in the hot-seat this long.
Rory Murphy, Pundit Arena