Joel Campbell leaves Arsenal for another loan spell

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Sunday, August 21, 2016

On August 21, 2016 Arsenal announced that they have let their Costa Rican forward, 24 year old Joel Campbell to leave on a loan spell to Portuguese club Sporting CP for the season 2016-17. There he will be participating mainly in the Premeira Liga where they came second last season behind Benfica and also take part in the elite European club championship UEFA Champions League.

Joel had joined Arsenal in 2011 but didn’t meet the criteria for attaining a work permit to play in England. Consequently he was loaned out the next three years to FC Lorient, France, Real Betis, Spain and Olympiakos, Greece. After an impressive performance for his country in the World Cup 2014, he was retained in the Arsenal squad but despite making a few starts struggled to get sufficient opportunities and was shipped again to Villarreal, Spain in January, 2015.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has often praised Campbell for his technical qualities, fighting attitude and his defensive work but both he and the player felt at 24, he needed more playtime to develop further and felt the best way to do that was to go out on loan again. This would be his fifth loan spell away from Arsenal since joining them in 2011.


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