Real Betis loanee Joel Campbell has said he wants to make his move permanent, touching on his unhappy spell with Arsenal.
The Costa Rican international has been out of action for four months with hamstring problems, seeing him make just three league appearances since arriving on loan from the Premier League side last summer.
“My idea is to stay here for many years but those decisions are not mine, I have been lucky enough to enjoy lots of different clubs and leagues but I like it here,” Campbell told Radio Marca Sevilla last week and his comments have been backed up by the London Evening Standard, who say he is now forcing a move.
Having signed initially as a 19 year old prospect in 2011, it was hoped Joel Campbell would soon be a regular Arsenal player and fight with Theo Walcott for his starting position. Things have not exactly gone to plan however. The Costa Rican was sent out on loan to Lorient, Real Betis and Olympiacos three seasons in a row.
After impressing in the World Cup in 2014, it was at that point expected the fast winger would develop into the Arsenal squad. Instead, he was loaned out to Villarreal that season where he played 15 times, scoring once.
The following season, he was given a chance with Arsenal, but failed to break into the first team. After scoring 4 goals and providing eight assists in only 40 Arsenal appearances since 2011, following a further five loan moves, it is now thought it is time for the now – 25 year old – to cut ties with London.