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.