Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has angered Portuguese club Benfica by blocking a proposed Joel Campbell transfer while new signing Danny Welbeck’s comments have gotten him into a bit of trouble.
Arsene Wenger’s name is being taken in vain by Joel Campbell’s agent, Joaquin Batica, who feels the Frenchman has deprived his client the chance of a fresh start at Benfica according to The Mirror.
The Costa Rican striker, who put in heroic performances for his country in the World Cup, has never been a front line player at the Emirates and has only made one league appearance for the Gunners, coming on as a late substitute in the recent 2-2 draw with Everton.
He has spent loan spells at Lorient, Real Betis and Olympiakos but now Wenger thinks he needs the striker as cover for the 2014/15 season much to the chagrin of the player and the Portuguese club he was supposed to sign for.
Benfica claimed to have tabled a £10 million bid to land the 22-year-old and were also amenable to a loan move but accused the Gunners boss of pulling the plug on the deal at the last minute, leaving them short of striking options until the January window.
Meanwhile Danny Welbeck finds himself in hot water with his comments on joining Arsenal being interpreted in the press as the player having a pop at former club Manchester United. The Express characterised his remarks as a ‘huge dig’ and quoted the player as saying the following:
“It’s exciting times for me. It’s great to be a part of this club and it’s a team that I’ve always watched in the Premier League. I’ve envisaged myself playing in this team before. For it to finally happen is very exciting.”
Asked if he believed he was moving to a team on the up, the new signing replied:
“Yeah definitely. They’ve done well in recent years and last year we got the FA Cup and I feel like it’s time where we could really push on and try and challenge for the Premier League title. I’ve got one medal and it’s something that I really want to add to.”
“Things move on in life and I think you’ve really got to make the right decision in the situation that you’re in at that moment in time. I really do believe that coming to Arsenal is the right decision.”
It’s difficult to detect any note of bitterness in these fairly routine new signing comments but maybe the press corps are looking for something to keep the buzz going following the orgy of transfer news in the last few days.
Dan O’Mahony, Pundit Arena.