Agent Slams Arsene Wenger For Pulling The Plug On Deadline Day Deal

By on September 3, 2014

The agent of Joel Campbell has slammed Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger for pulling the plug on a deadline day move to Benfica at the last minute.

Campbell has spent the last three seasons out on loan at Lorient, Real Betis and Olympiakos but returned to the Emirates this summer with the aim of breaking into the Arsenal squad.

Arsene has always publicly insisted that the forward wouldn’t be leaving the club, despite speculation linking him with a move away from North London, and that he would be given a fair crack at the first team, but the Costa Rican has barely featured so far this season.

The Mirror claim that despite Wenger’s comments, we tried to use Campbell as a make-weight in a deal for Loic Remy – who eventually joined Chelsea – and we were in deep negotiations to sell him to Benfica for around £10m.

However, with a deal seemingly close to completion on deadline day, the youngsters agent, Joaquin Batica,, claims that Benfica got a last minute call to say the move was off, and the 22-year-old’s representative doesn’t seem too happy about it, telling reporters.

“Benfica fought until the last minute to sign Campbell but the operation didn’t happen because, in the last hour, Arsenal decided to keep him.

“Wenger says he did not want to sell him. But if he is not in his plans, then why not allow him to leave?”

With Danny Welbeck signed from Manchester United, it does look like Campbell has dropped even further down the pecking order, so you can understand his frustration.

I feel he should have been given more game-time this season and possibly should be starting ahead of Yaya Sanogo, but it’s going to be interesting to see exactly what Wenger’s plans are for the youngster now that he decided to keep hold of him.

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