Joel Campbell debuts for Sporting CP

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Sunday, August 28, 2016

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Joel Campbell made his first appearance for his new team Sporting CP when he came off the bench in the 69th minute to take on Porto on Sunday.

File photo of Joel Campell, 2014.
Image: Ultraslansi.

He had a successful pre-season with his owner club Arsenal after scoring three times in their five preseason friendly games and was considered fit enough to take part in this encounter. He came on to replace Gelson Martins and had a positive impact on the game, helping them to maintain their 2–1 lead. After beating Porto, they now stand first in the league at nine points having won all three matches so far.

On August 21 Arsenal announced 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. Apart from participating in Premeira Liga where they came second last season behind Benfica he’s also expected to 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 is his fifth loan spell away from Arsenal since joining them in 2011.


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