Despite shining bright for Costa Rica in the World Cup this summer, Joel Campbell has failed to break into the Arsenal team.
The 22-year-old striker spent last season on loan at Greek giants Olympiakos and after his impressive form for the Athens based club in the UEFA Champions League, then adding to that at the World Cup with Los Ticos, many expected Campbell to kick on and ignite his Gunners career this campaign. Not so much.
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Even with injuries to Olivier Giroud, Theo Walcott and Lukas Podolski, Campbell has spent plenty of time on the bench for his parent club and according to the London Evening Standard he is on his way out of the Emirates once again.
Inter Milan is rumored to be his destination this time, as Campbell seems to be getting increasingly frustrated with life under Arsene Wenger. With Danny Welbeck arriving on Deadline Day, Alexis Sanchez smashing in goals for fun, Walcott back and Giroud close to returning, Campbell may find it even tougher to get any kind of minutes for the Gunners.
Campbell has made just five appearances in all competitions this season and has started just one game, a League Cup defeat to Southampton in September. The Costa Rican star joined Arsenal in 2010 from Saprissa in his homeland but is now looking at a fourth loan stint away from North London after spending time at Lorient, Real Betis and Olympiakos.
Just because there’s no room for him at Arsenal doesn’t mean he’s a bad player, as his goal against Uruguay and performances at the World Cup proved, but it’s just a case of being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Regular soccer elsewhere at a giant Italian club probably isn’t the worst thing in the world for an up and coming striker. At this point, Campbell just needs more minutes.
Let’s hope Wenger doesn’t live to regret letting him head out on loan once again.