The Costa Rican World Cup star has been relatively unused by the Frenchman this season, despite claims that his impressive loan spell with Olympiakos and heroics in Brazil over the summer has won him a spot in the Gunners’ first-team plans.
However, with Danny Welbeck having failed to fight off a thigh problem, Olivier Giroud suspended and youngster Yaya Sanogo also out of action, Campbell is now the Londoners’ only fit and experienced option in the role.
And Wenger is ready to hand the 22-year-old his first Premier League star for the viral game against Southampton, with a win set to be enough to lift Arsenal into the top four.
Theo Walcott, Lukas Podolski and Alexis Sanchez can also occupy the striker berth, but Wenger prefers all three in wider roles.
Campbell himself has been linked with a January move away from north London, and could use the opportunity to attract suitors or justify his spot at Arsenal.