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Arsenal fans, perhaps the most fickle collection of people on the planet, are enamoured with Joel Campbell at the moment. The Costa Rica forward can do no wrong and must be manager Arsene Wenger’s first choice on the right side of the club’s attack.
But the fanfare for Campbell wasn’t always so positive. When he was signed from Deportivo Saprissa as a 19-year-old in the summer of 2011, many dismissed the move as yet another unknown youngster Wenger wanted but who wouldn’t help the club compete for major prizes.
But it’s the manager’s faith in youth, so often used to deride him, that has helped Campbell change the mood.
It took just one game to remind Aaron Ramsey exactly why he should embrace a position he doesn’t exactly like. When the Welshman used a typically impish flick to open the scoring for Arsenal in the north London derby against Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane, it was vindication for his return to the right wing.
Now it’s time for Ramsey to take to the change and run with it. Now’s the time for Ramsey to become Arsenal’s new Freddie Ljungberg.
There was a moment, the 86th minute to be exact, of Manchester City’s 3-1 away win over Dynamo Kyiv in the UEFA Champions League Last-16 when the value of an angry man was shown.
It came when Kyiv substitute Miguel Veloso received the ball on the half-turn. Before the Portuguese midfielder had chance to turn all the way he felt the full force of City’s grump in the middle, none other than forgotten angry man, Fernando.
Returning the ex-FC Porto man to the starting XI was a necessary move for City chief Manuel Pellegrini.
Arsene Wenger has finally done it. No, I’m not talking about beating Jose Mourinho for the first-ever time after 14 games.
Instead, I’m referring to Wenger ignoring the Chelsea manager’s attempts to shake hands after Arsenal beat the Blues 1-0 in the FA Community Shield at Wembley.
As he now just loves (yeah, right) to do when he loses, Mourinho made sure he was seen shaking hands with every Arsenal player who picked up a winner’s medal as they trotted off the Wembley steps.