There has been a lot of speculation around the future of Arsenal winger Joel Campbell the last number of days with him being strongly linked with a return to Andalucía and Real Betis; as reported by Spanish newspaper AS.
Given Arsenal have agreed to sell Oxlade-Chamberlain to Liverpool, it would have been thought this would be the Costa Rican internationals last hope to make a career at the Emirates Stadium. Instead however, it looks as though he’s headed to Real Betis once again.
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 3 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 8 assists in only 40 Arsenal appearances since 2011, following a further 5 loan moves, it is now thought it is time for the now – 25 year old – to cut ties with London.
There are a few issues regarding Campbell leaving the London based club however. One is that his contract is finished at the end of the season, so a loan move is very unlikely. As well as this, it is believed the Costa Rican international is earning €65,000 a week at Arsenal; which rules out a lot of clubs offering such a salary.
Worst case for any potential suiter is that Campbell will be out of action for a few more months after suffering a serious knee injury whilst on duty with Costa Rica at the Gold Cup during the summer.
Realistically, Arsenal would have to terminate their contract with Joel Campbell in order for him to make any such move to Real Betis or any other team.
With 14 goals in 74 appearances for Costa Rica under his belt, there is definitely still potential in the winger. Should Real Betis take the chance, it is not guaranteed Campbell would start in what is now looking like a very decent team. He would provide adequate cover for the likes of Joaquin, Nahuel, Tello and Boudebuz however. With the Spanish transfer deadline at 5pm Friday, there is little time left and a lot of transfers to be made.