Joel Campbell is in Betis today to finalise his loan move for the upcoming season.
The young striker spent last season with French side Lorient and, due to work permit and squad size issues, will spend a further season away from the Emirates as part of his development.
Speaking to La Nación in Costa Rica, Betis president Miguel Guillén said, “Today the player will be here to arrange the final details and if all is well, sign the contract. From that moment I can talk about how we take the arrival of Joel.
“We are very happy with his arrival and he’ll be very important for us. We’re sure that if he’s got a space at Arsenal then he’s going to have that here in Spain.”
Guillén also spoke about how the deal came to pass, citing a ‘close relationship’ between Betis and Arsenal and revealed that the player’s contract would have clauses which saw him paid more the more he played.
“In any case, when Betis make signings we make them to improve the team and when someone comes it’s to become part of the first team”, he said.
It is likely that Arsenal considered a number of options for Campbell’s loan period and perhaps Betis were able to provide greater assurance that he’d be considered for first team football.