Campbell joins Koscielny in lauding Lorient

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Joel Campbell has heaped praise on the set-up at loan club Lorient after his season long spell at the Ligue 1 club drew to a close this weekend.

The Costa Rican international, who was denied a British work permit after being snapped up by Arsene Wenger last summer, looks set to return to London in the coming weeks after a year garnering valuable experience under Christian Gourcuff’s tutelage.

Speaking to Arsenal.com, Campbell drew comparisons between his time in France and the couple of months he spent training with the Gunners first team squad last summer.

“The philosophy here at Lorient is the same as Arsenal’s. The way they train, the way they play is all very similar to Arsenal. That makes it easier for Arsenal to send players to Lorient because they’re going to learn the same things that they learn there.

“I came here just before the fourth round of games in Ligue 1 and they gave me the best possible welcome. They helped me and got me settled down quickly in the team so I could help them and the side. Lorient play a very similar game to Arsenal and that’s helped me for what lies ahead.”

Arsenal have forged a close link with Lorient in the last couple of years with Gilles Sunu and Francis Coquelin making loan moves last year and the former, along with Jeremie Aliadiere, making a permanent switches to the Stade du Moustoir after a personal recommendations from Arsene Wenger.

Confirming that he sought advice from Sunu, after following in his footsteps, Campbell continued:

“Gilles Sunu told me that when you come on loan it’s difficult because you know you’re not going to play the whole season or the following season, which makes it very difficult to keep your place. We have to show everything we can to play the maximum number of games.”

While Lorient have benefitted from an assortment of Arsenal Academy graduates, it is the move made by Laurent Koscielny to N5 which has proved the most high-profile bit of business between the clubs.

Speaking to the official matchday programme ahead of the Norwich game, the French international stressed that time spent by young loanees at his former club would be very beneficial.

“It’s great for the players to go there. When they arrive at Lorient nothing changes for them – it’s the same kind of football, the same philosophy, a good atmosphere to work in.

“It’s straightforward for them to adapt and play for a club that has a lot in common with this one. I learned a lot in my time there, and the two managers have similar views on the game. It’s an excellent place to develop.”

It remains to be seen what happens to Joel Campbell next season. Facing a nervous wait to find out if he qualifies for a work permit, you can’t help but think he still lacks the necessary experience to slot in as a back-up to messrs Van Persie (presuming he stays) and Podolski.

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El Blondo

I like the look of Campbell from the limited times I’ve seen him play – need to see a lot more of him to judge but the potentials there.

On a side note there’s been a lot of unfortunate celebrity deaths this weekend…Ramsey must have put one away in his garden!

gunner16

Ramsey tucking one away? must have been a tidy own goal

Cygan's Right Foot

Another dig at Ramsey…. They are getting very tiresome now

Cygan's butt

Cygan’s Right Foot – boring on duty Ramsey defender!

Nick

Good to hear good things coming out of the loan.

Also with everything being so similar makes you wonder if Gourcuff would ever be in the running to replace Wenger.

IndianGooner

“Also with everything being so similar makes you wonder if Gourcuff would ever be in the running to replace Wenger.”

Wouldn’t be surprised at that.

welly

how did he get on there?

StrongTackleBacarySagna

Campbell did well enough. I watched him play yesterday and he was solid: very active, involved and eager to shoot. He did struggle with PSG’s centerbacks when competiting for headers as he looked drastically undersized. Overall, he did well.

I’d like to see him get his work permit and be loaned out for the next campaign at a PL side. There’s a lot of potential there.

James Hutkins

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Cygan's Right Foot

Something doesn’t add up here….. A man making a sandwich himself and finishing work at 3:30

Crispy

I second that but the thing that really threw was the whole ‘had a bath’ rubbish. Very very suspect.

aa

dafuq i just read?

MJB

Looking forward to the next update James….

Nothing like a bit of randomness to lighten the mood.
🙂

munya

shutup MJB

argonaut

Love to see Campbell replace Park and Chamakh as understudies for RVP.

master floda

and don’t forget afobe, he seems to be another talented youngster.

Fatcunt

Had nothing to do yesterday so I caught up with the lorient game.
Campbell was at his menacing best in the first half,hovering about the attacking third and displaying magic playmaking skills for his teammates. The kid was on the end of every ball I tells ya, very calm on the ball very astute at taking freekicks.

oh wenger seems you did it again.

badaab

I have no issues with Campbell taking park’s spot on the bench if he can get his work permit. He brings a level of energy and willingness to shoot.from distance we don’t really have in the squad right now. If we sign or promote another front player, though, I think he’d do well on loan someplace like wigan (providing martinez remains).

Koechner

He’s been playing? How regular/assists/goals, I mean tell us how useful to the club he’s been

EboueForPrimeMinister

We all dream of a team of Aliadieres!

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count

Can’t say I’ve seen him play, but, if I were to go with the comments here, I’d say its nice to have a loanee we actually want back and we can only hope he can add to the team as I feel we still need another striker (assuming RVP stays, if not I’ll think we need two) but overall, its great news to know we might have unearthed another diamond in the rough