After years of being accused for settling with mediocrity , Arsene Wenger has wasted no time this summer in going for proven quality. He has specifically targeted players who will improve his first team , and has shown a previously unmatched ruthlessness in showing the door to players who he believes will not be able to carve out a career at the Gunners.
The next in line to depart is reportedly 22-year-old striker Joel Campbell , who according to several reports , is on the verge of joining Turkish club Besiktas after agreeing terms over a five-year deal.
Despite being on the fringes of the Arsenal first team for quite some time , the Costa Rica International has failed to convince Wenger with his displays and has been loaned first to Olympiakos and then to Villarreal in the past two seasons.
Hark back to a few years ago and Wenger would have chosen to persist with the talented but limited player in the hope that he would realize his potential one day. But this is a different Wenger. After finally letting Diaby leave this summer, he has sent out a clear message that he will not carry the burden of incompetent players any longer.
The forward is reportedly close to a switch after the two clubs agreed a £3.5 million fee for his services. Besiktas manager Senol Gunes is hopeful that the young forward can be a success at the Turkish club , and had also identified the 22-year-old as a top transfer target last month.
An announcement of the move is imminent in the coming days. The Gunners fans , however, won’t be losing any sleep over losing a player that was , in truth , never good enough for their club.