Thursday, May 30, 2024

Campbell wants to be souper in Spain

Joel Campbell says he’s looking forward to getting regular playing time with Villarreal as he makes his return to La Liga on loan once more.

He played a full season for Real Betis in 2012/13, scoring twice in 28 appearances, and he’s ready to take his chance in the Spanish top flight having been deemed surplus to requirements at Arsenal.

“Playing at Villarreal for the rest of the season means a lot to me,” he said. “I’m very happy for this opportunity.

“They have a defined way of playing and it will be a pleasure as they are a great team that is well placed in the table. They have a style of play that will suit me.

“I hope I can settle in as quickly as possible and I am able to prove my worth. I can only say I’ll give 200 per cent in an attempt to win over the fans.

“I can do it through hard work and that is my intention.”

Although not officially part of the deal to bring Gabriel Paulista to Arsenal, the Gunners were open to letting him go to help sway the deal, and the Brazilian will undergo a medical in London today before signing his contract.

Meanwhile, Campbell’s current deal runs out in the summer of 2016 and good performances for Villarreal should, at least, increase the amount of suitors vying for his signature in the summer – assuming he doesn’t rise again like Francis Coquelin.

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Good luck to him.

Not sure he’ll come back, too much competition here.


He seems a decent chap. Good luck!

Edu's Braces

I really don’t mean this as a back handed compliment because I like the guy too but he is part of a new breed that are very media savvy.

Henry! Chance!! Goal!!!

Good luck, Joel!

Nacho de Montreal is tasty

Hope he comes back for showing great quality not due to injuries in the squad. Succeeding at the highest level is really really though. To get where he is, you have to be discovered as a great talent at youth level. When you finally get to the first team, you need to score goals within the occasional 10 mn you get. You may even loose your selection for your national team for not playing.

Closet mc

Rice again like the Coq lol


He has more reason to fell hard done by wenger than podolski does tbh, was never given a chance, showed decent enough potential and (most importantly) execution during the WC which is arguably the biggest stage in football, at the very least, he surely deserved more game time.

Gooner Gary

Wenger and the rest of the coaching staff see him in training every day – if they didn’t feel that he deserved game time then that’s good enough for me. As for doing it at the World Cup, he played well to be fair, but there are numerous examples of players who had good World Cups (even better than Campbell’s) and turned out to be duds so I think you need to judge over a longer period than that.


I’ve never understood Arsenal fans who bang on about Campbells performances during the WC, he was outstanding in the 1st game against Uruguay but apart from that he really wasn’t that great, I think his performance in that game mixed with Costa Rica’s overall team performance has some what exaggerated how well JC done. He obviously has talent but I personally don’t think he will ever be good enough for Arsenal but I would love to see him prove me wrong

Yankee Gooner

This is exactly right about Campbell’s WC.


Best of luck, man. I really like you.


in my opinion a very honest player, was given a chance and worked very hard for the team. further along than sanogo, but looking like he might not get to the level demanded at arsenal. absolute best of luck to him.

offbeat madoda

prefer Sanogo to him TBH… Sanogo might be raw, but i reckon there’s a really, really good striker lurking in there under the gangly-youth exterior.


Sanogo is 22 years old. At what age will be people stop referring to him as ‘raw’ and ‘young’?


Though he seems like a nice guy, He´s simply not good enough to start for Arsenal, and will never be.. good solution for everyone – especially if this can increase his value in the summer


Comparing Sanogo’s and Campbell’s loans with Wenger insisting the former stayed in the league, difficult to think Campbell has a future. So, good luck.

Clock End Mike

A likeable young man and a real talent, who suffered from not getting a work permit. Under Wenger’s influence from the moment we signed him, I think he could have been a really exciting player. As it is, a good prospect is all he remained, and sadly didn’t get the goals that would have advanced him when he finally got to play in the red and white. Wish him luck, and we’ll see what the boss’s thinking is in the summer. WIll he go? Will he want to stay if he’s offered the chance?

Good luck Joel, you deserve it.


Seems he got out while he could. Lol


Campbell’s a bit of a one trip pony. He’s got that cut to the left and shoot move but that’s about it.

Wish him all the best in Spain, hopefully he makes 1 gazillion dollars for Arsenal from his end of season sale.


I don’t agree, he also put in a shift defensively and is also a good team player.


Also don’t agree, he is good dribbler, passer, got a good thru ball on him and can score goals. Far from a one trick pony but to be fair we have better players out wide and I think physically he cannot be our loan striker. Maybe he might come back, may be not. Any ways good luck to the guy

DE Gooner

I think its still too early to say he couldn’t play for us. How many other young wingers do we have (that is essentially what he is)? Ox isn’t a winger. I say we have him back in the squad again next year and he does. Lord knows with our injury history we will need him.

I want to see what Akpom can do… if Wenger gave Sonogo chances, hopefully Chuba can too?

Is that a Chuba Coq in your lineup or are you just happy to see me!?

Thierry Walcott

Bendtner doesn’t know shite!


I’m assuming Arsene sees more in the young Gnabry than Campbell. Joel has been a good team player when he’s been on the pitch for us, so I wish him all the best in La Liga.


Lots of talks about Akpom leaving on loan. Must be bullshit right?


It’s a shame we never got to see him have a go this season. But with Gnabry slowly coming back, it’ll be even harder for him next season

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