Joel Campbell is set to return to Arsenal FC after shining for Costa Rica in the World Cup opener.
The 21-year-old winger was signed by Arsenal in 2011, and he arrived with lot of potential and expectations linked to his name. But having failed to obtain a work permit in England, he was loaned out to Lorient for the rest of the season. The work permit issues persisted at the start of next season and the former Saprissa forward joined Spanish side Real Betis for another loan spell.
Campbell did finally obtain his work permit with Arsenal at the start of last season, but Arsene Wenger felt that the youngster will need regular first team action to continue his development as a footballer, something he will not receive at the Emirates. The Costa Rican international was loaned out to Olympiacos and it where he began to show signs of fulfilling his promise with some eye catching performances, in the domestic league as well as in Champions League.
The Arsenal forward has now announced his arrival on the big stage with an amazing performance against Uruguay in Costa Rica’s opening game in the World Cup. The youngster scored a goal and provided an assist for another as Costa Rica produced a shock win over a much higher ranked opponent. The Arsenal fans are now eager to see him at the Emirates next season, especially with fitness concerns of Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
Campbell has now confirmed that he will return to Arsenal next season, although presently he is concentrating on the World Cup.
“Of course I have to go back, because I have a contract with Arsenal.
“The most important thing just now is my country and the World Cup.
“Today was excellent for me, but it would have come to nothing without the contribution of my team-mates.
“Everyone lived up to their responsibilities. I tried to do my best to score goals and my colleagues supported me.
“We have to take one step after another. We have difficult matches ahead, but this will give us impetus.” – The Arsenal winger said in an interview.