Monday, July 4, 2022

Optimistic Campbell sees Arsenal future after Villarreal loan

Joel Campbell says that he’ll be going back to Arsenal after this summer’s Copa de Oro (CONCACAF Gold Cup) to continue what he calls an ‘important’ stage of his career.

Despite featuring rarely in the first half of the season, the Costa Rican forward signed a new contract before joining Villarreal on loan in January, and he clearly see his future in North London.

Speaking to his own website, Sports by Campbell, he said, “After the Gold Cup, I will return to Arsenal, that’s what I understood. Before going to Villarreal I signed for a few more year there, it’s something really important for my career.

“I hope to continue growing as a footballer, and becoming every more secure in European football.”

The issue, of course, is that it’s very difficult to see a place for him in the Arsenal team, and it’s not as if his loan spell at Villarreal has been a massive success.

By all reports he’s played decently for the Spanish side, but in 19 appearances he’s yet to score a goal.

It’s probably worth considering that the new contract he signed wasn’t to secure his Arsenal future, but to ensure that the club got the maximum return on their investment when it comes to a summer sale.

We’ll see.

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gooner for liiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiife

but… but… but… he should get out while he has the chance…

Stringer Bell

Very good sir. What an embarrassment those dopey fans, if they deserve that title, were. Although I could not stop the doubt that was growing in me, I never doubted the respect that Arsene has earnt. He has now had two years in which he has been able to compete financially and he has brought us the genius that is Ozil and the magic that is Sanchez. Not bad I would say.


Never write anyone off. Especially after what weve seen at the club this year. He just needs to take his next chance with arsenal by the balls… much like our coq this season.


How does a coq take a chance by its own balls?

just telling it like it is

Chamberlain, Walcott, Gnabry & Sanchez vying for just 2 spots. Even Ozil, Ramsey & Welbeck sometimes occupy these roles so I dont think we necessarily need him Podolski too. Offload them, Diaby & one of Arteta or Flamini then suddenly we free up a lot of transfer wages for incoming talent. Tbh as I look at the squad we are good in defence (Chambers being 4th CB), good at both full back positions, good in midfield (offensively), good in the wings, but we could do with an extra CDM to compete with Coquelin, an extra ST to compete with Giroud… Read more »


Hmmm. Welbz offers competition up top, I reckon we’ll be in for a Reus/Draxler/Schurrle style player for the right, potentially a new nifty CAM/Winger, and a controlling CDM.

Bould's Eyeliner

Let’s not forget the unicorn rider for our twelfth man, we need one of those too.


yes, ramsey and welbeck sometimes play on the flank, but the truth is Alexis, Walcott, Ox, and Gnabry are the only genuine wingers we have. Even Walcott’s not exactly a winger and considering his contract situation, his future is in some doubt, Ox’s future is being touted in midfield(with flamini, rosicky, cazorla and arteta ageing, we’ll need him there in a year or two) and we are yet to see how Gnabry develops. So the way i see it, we need at least one genuine winger to add to the sqaud this summer, even if Walcott Stays. If that guy… Read more »

Rambling Pete

Well he’s certainly confident in his own ability and you have to give him plenty of credit for that. I think the manager would have liked to see him score more goals to really give him something to ponder but as it stands I don’t think he’s done enough to have a career with us. It reminds me of the time I was sent to do a managerial up-skills course by more work some years ago. It was one of those interminable team building weekends and we had to do tests and trust exercises, presided over by some chap who… Read more »


It just had to be you, yeah?


The fuck?


Fucking brilliant, as always. Good to see you back!


Pete you’re back!
All is good with the world…:-)


With Walcott on the periphery, Podolski done, there just might be a chance for him as the number of competitors for the wide positions has gone down by a bit


That’s right, down from Massive to Large.


his future may probably be at sporting Lisbon if reports abt Arsenal’s interest in Carvalho is to be believed

Arsenal's Legend

Le Coq has thought me never to give up on a player who is currently on loan although with the exception of Poldi. In other news am just happy that Arsenal will be playing the last game and carrying the cup when Cheski’s cup has become obsolete. COYG

Andy Mack

According to transfermarkt, Poldi is out of contract this summer.

Policeman's Bangers 'N' Mash



Oh why didn’t he grip Ronaldo’s balls really hard. That would’ve guaranteed him a place back in the squad IMO

Anonymous Physicist

I’m not sure he’s saying anything more than “I’ve got a contract at Arsenal.” I would be extremely surprised if he was in our squad on September 1st, but I guess we could loan him out again if he and Wenger don’t yet want to give up on him playing for us in the future.


Chu-Young Park OUT!
Adnan Januzaj IN!

Coq Au Vin

No Manure rejects please.


You mean like Welbeck and Pogba?


Hey Campbell its not like we have Sanchez Welbeck Ozil Cazorla Theo Chambo Rosicky Gnabry and Ramsey ahead of you. Good luck.


Glad Coquelin doesn’t share your loser mentality. Fuck, Arteta, Flamini, Ramsey, Wilshere, Rosicky, Ozil, Cazorla, etc …How the hell would I have a chance in center midfield?


Just cant see it working out for this Nice Joel guy.
Wenger has followed a path, from Highbury greatness, to a project called the Emirates, which is now , at last, complete. Part of the project was a return to financial muscle, and that part , really only finishes this summer.
He has hinted that buying from now on will be at the highest quality, and I just dont see how Campbell comes back and gets into this team.
A team that is going to win the title.


you’re probably right, but what do people want? Would rather he show up with confidence to give it a go rather than follow popular opinion and throw in the towel.

Springbank 1962

Campbell might have been useful to us in previous seasons, but we’ve moved on.

Anyone who thinks he’s a part of our future is living in the past.

Springbank 1962

If Joel Campbell makes it at the highest level at Arsenal or any other club, I’ll eat my hat.

Andy Mack

You’ll need to define ‘highest level’.
Do you mean winning a domestic cup or winning the CL?
Also what type of hat is it (please note; a beany hat isn’t made out of beans!)?


I like this guy. Seems like a down to earth, hard working and humble player. I wish him all the best, with or away from Arsenal.


Chilean Don Draper well established, central Welsh Jesus & Super Jack & Danny Boy forced wide, Ox looks promising. But still Theo keen to stay, and Poldi and Joel believe they have future here. What’s happening here? Love all of them but really confused now.


Wellington silva is coming back too, don’t forget. He has been much more impressive than joel this season, so look forward to what he might bring.


I’ve seen quite a few Villareal matches this season, and I’ve yet to see the kind of performance from him that is needed in order to get ahead of our current players. For once, Wenger is spot on when he’s talking about how we only need “top, top quality” right now (I think he even used the term “world class” in a recent interview) – we really don’t need numbers anymore, as we have several great players in every position. Bottom line: I just can’t see him get past someone like the Ox, who is a year younger (yep, Campbell… Read more »

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