Costa Rican striker Joel Campbell will continue his football education away from the Emirates again next season with rumours emanating from his homeland that the striker has sealed a year-long loan deal with La Liga side Real Betis.
The 20-year-old was signed by Arsene Wenger from Saprissa in August 2011 but failed to seal a British work permit and was immediately loaned to Ligue 1 side Lorient for whom he subsequently scored five goals in 25 appearances.
Having snapped up both Lukas Podolski and Olivier Giroud, and having failed (so far) to offload any of Nicklas Bendtner, Carlos Vela, Ju Young Park or Marouane Chamakh, it comes as little surprise that Campbell’s raw talent has been deemed surplus to requirement in the short-term.
There has been no confirmation that his work permit application for this season has failed, although it looks as though it too could have formed part of the decision.
A Spanish speaker, Campbell should be able to lean on his experience in France over the last twelve months to stamp his mark on the land of the reigning World and European champions.