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.