Joel Campbell confirmed last night via Twitter that he’s finally received a work permit to play football in England.
The Costa Rican international, who signed for Arsenal two summers ago from homeland side Saprissa, spent his first year in Europe with French side Lorient before moving to Spain where he featured regularly last term on Real Betis’ right flank.
“Happy to have received my work permit in England…Still waiting for the best,” he revealed.
Having finally racked up the necessary international appearances to qualify for a visa, the 21-year-old could now partake in the Gunners pre-season preparations when Arsene Wenger’s men return from Asia.
Despite a raft of exits at Reserve team level, Campbell’s chances of securing first team football at the Emirates next season appear very slim. With the boss on the hunt for a big name striker to compete with Lukas Podolski, Olivier Giroud and new boy Yaya Sanogo the smart money is on Campbell consolidating his credentials with a season on loan at a Premier League rival.
Crystal Palace have been linked with the young attacker.