Joel Campbell’s father backs Benfica move

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Benfica are again being linked with a move for striker Joel Campbell after missing out on the player last summer.

The Costa Rican international, who scored against the Portuguese giants in the Emirates Cup, looked set for a permanent move to the Estadio de Luz only for Arsene Wenger to kill the deal at the last minute. It was a decision that angered the player’s agent.

A year on, it looks as though Benfica might try again and Campbell’s father, Humberto, thinks the club is a good fit.

“It’s a good team,” Campbell Senior told Portuguese media. “It gives many opportunities to young players, they are always in the Champions League and they’ve just been crowned champions.

“It is an important club, where you can play, grow and eventually return to a club like Arsenal in a stronger league.”

Campbell, 22, spent the second half of last season on loan at Villarreal and has also garnered experience at Olympiakos, Real Betis, Lorient and homeland side Saprissa. He’s also been linked with Real Sociedad and sides in Turkey. The Gunners are expected to hold out for a fee around the €6 million.

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Cornelius P. Snuffington III
Cornelius P. Snuffington III
4 years ago

I’m kind of sick of hearing from players’ parents.

Rohith J
Rohith J
4 years ago

Thought the same. But think about it, they’re still kids. Protective parents prefer to take care of their kids on their own rather than some slimy agent.

CB
CB
4 years ago
Reply to  Rohith J

From the link given it sounds like he has a slimy agent too.

Tybo
Tybo
4 years ago
Reply to  CB

I’m suprised Szczęsny snr. didn’t have something to add…

Madin
Madin
4 years ago
Reply to  Tybo

Would have been hilarious if Wilshere Snr had come out in his defence when the FA passed judgement.

CB
CB
4 years ago

Unless it was Petr Cech’s dad…

Paul
Paul
4 years ago
Reply to  CB

Nice picture of two players that SADLY are not good enough for this Arsenal team at present.

David C
David C
4 years ago

oh come on, it was Father’s Day!

You should see what it’s like being a high school teacher now and coach of teenagers. I get parents calling me asking “Why didn’t my son make the team?”. I usually just laugh it off, but the parents are getting crazier every year.

CB
CB
4 years ago

A good move for him. I don’t think he is going to get much game time at Arsenal, best for him to be playing somewhere decent.

Some cash for us, let’s spend it!

CB
CB
4 years ago
Reply to  CB

On Petr Cech!

Paul
Paul
4 years ago
Reply to  CB

Looks like that has happened! Yipee!

David C
David C
4 years ago
Reply to  CB

i think we will at least double our investment in Joel. Not bad business for a guy who rarely featured. My highlight of him was when he scored that cracking goal against Man URE!

RoDZz
RoDZz
4 years ago

Bye

RoDZz
RoDZz
4 years ago

Bye!

Sacha
Sacha
4 years ago

We could have got between €15m and €20m for him last summer…Massive shame

Me So Hornsey
Me So Hornsey
4 years ago
Reply to  Sacha

Sacha shame?

ZA Gunner
4 years ago

Good luck Joel! I’d personally rather see the minutes invested in Gnabry who I think has serious potential!

Runkeball
Runkeball
4 years ago
Reply to  ZA Gunner

Speaking of Gnabry, is he back from injury now?

d7g7
d7g7
4 years ago
Reply to  Runkeball

Yes he is. He’s currently with the Germany U21 in the European Championship.

Arsepedant
Arsepedant
4 years ago
Reply to  d7g7

And playing very well for them too.

LvL 3 Pidgey
LvL 3 Pidgey
4 years ago
Reply to  Runkeball

Diabry

I’ll fuck off now.

NewSeason
4 years ago

If the money we get from the sales of Podolski and him covers the transfer cost of Petr Cech, I will be delighted.

It doesn’t look as if either of them will get more than a few minutes per week and it would be better for their careers if they went to a different club.

SoqedHozi
SoqedHozi
4 years ago
Reply to  NewSeason

I thought Cech was out of contract and therefore free?

Geefive
Geefive
4 years ago
Reply to  SoqedHozi

Nope. If you believe all the BS papers, 10-14 mil.

AllGunsABlazin
4 years ago
Reply to  SoqedHozi

You are incorrect, sir

Goonersaurus
Goonersaurus
4 years ago

Get out while you can, Joel!

Goonersaurus
Goonersaurus
4 years ago
Reply to  Goonersaurus

Feel like this has been majorly lost on my thumb-downers.

David C
David C
4 years ago
Reply to  Goonersaurus

was this what that loser was yelling on the subway/train when AW was booed?

PS. love your name!

Stringer Bell
Stringer Bell
4 years ago
Reply to  Goonersaurus

Hehe you mustn’t operate on such a high level, always consider the minions.

Stringer Bell
Stringer Bell
4 years ago
Reply to  Stringer Bell

There having a go at me now. Don’t shoot the messenger. Gru told me tell ya.

Stringer Bell
Stringer Bell
4 years ago
Reply to  Stringer Bell

Ok sorry to all those that are a little slow in the uptake.

SoqedHozi
SoqedHozi
4 years ago

It’s a shame that last summer, with 1 year left on his contact, he was worth almost twice as much as he is now.

kaius
kaius
4 years ago
Reply to  SoqedHozi

Him and Podolski should have gone then, but the market was in some weird post-World Cup funk. They have a title-winning squad now and an outside bet would see us push for one of Eduardo Salvio or Anderson Talisca in a swap-deal and add some creativity Joel should have given us.

And about that 6M estimate – Benfica wouldn’t let a big European club sign their tea-lady for less than 25M so we shouldn’t do them any favours here.

ziz
ziz
4 years ago

I think he’s a good player but he doesn’t cut the mustard for us!. Get rid of Pod, sanago, flamini,diaby gone,ospina and Campbell . We get cech, a dm, a wc striker and a Cb.
IMO I’d go for
Cech
Kondogbia
Howdes
Jackson martinez
And you might think I’m nuts but I think Bolasi from Palace will be a top notch signing!

Come on you gunners!
FORGOT TO SAY TOTTENHAM ARE SHIT AND JOHN TERRY IS A CUNT! HAPPY MONDAY PEEPS

Stringer Bell
Stringer Bell
4 years ago
Reply to  ziz

Hhmm popular!!

Paul
Paul
4 years ago
Reply to  ziz

I only thumbed up the last bit…btw

WengersNoseHair
WengersNoseHair
4 years ago

Yes, should be a good move for him. Sociedad would be good also. He’s done himself no harm with his time with us, plucked from relative obscurity to being chased by a club like Benfica, so I hope he has no ill feelings towards us. And there’s still plenty of time and opportunity for him to improve and maybe get a move to an even bigger club. A transfer where everyone is happy??!!!?!?!? Where’s the blood, where’s the tears aaaarrrrghggghghghgh!

WengersNoseHair
WengersNoseHair
4 years ago

Oh and Kondogbia has signed for Inter. Try not to committ mass suicide please guys. It’s a shame he didn’t want to test himself in a real league.

Rozza the samourai
Rozza the samourai
4 years ago

Is Kondogbia already a world-class player because of one good game against Arsenal ? The guy is not even starting XI with french national team yet ?

Trezy
Trezy
4 years ago

Anyone who watches the ligue un knows he’s clearly talented. Find it weird that wenger despite being interested in him from his lens days missed out on him.
Maybe Wenger has someone else in mind.

Kanonier
Kanonier
4 years ago

starting XI with national team yet ? Szczesny,Mert,Belerin,Coq, Nacho,Santi,Walcott, or Giroud are in starting XI? NO! SHUT UP man!;-)
world-class? not yet but good prospect I think.
We got Coq so we dont have to spend too much for this position. Keeper and striker are more important.

DialSquareGoon
DialSquareGoon
4 years ago

I think its safe to say if AW wanted him, he would have got him. As such, nobody’s too bothered about it.

WengersNoseHair
WengersNoseHair
4 years ago
Reply to  DialSquareGoon

I never said the club wanted him. I never said I wanted him in the team. I just know lots of you guys wanted him (vehement denials ensue).

WengersNoseHair
WengersNoseHair
4 years ago

I was just commenting that if he’s really all that, why didn’t he go to a proper league. He went from the French league to the Italian league, really stretching himself there.

chippy's chip
chippy's chip
4 years ago

Nice weather, nice food, nice vino plus a nice easy game with nobody trying to break ya legs. Hmmmm a tough one that.

chippy's chip
chippy's chip
4 years ago
Reply to  chippy's chip

Oh and as for the atmosphere at games, in italy they leave us well behind thanks to health and safety and political correctness.

Rozza the samourai
Rozza the samourai
4 years ago

Ok, we are on the same page then. Agree, italian league is no more the big league it used to be. QPR or Burnley would be 4th in the italian league, I think.

skinnyarse
skinnyarse
4 years ago

That’s a shame he’s not been part of our squad, he showed a lot of promise, the World Cup showed glimpse of that, I like the lad but I can’t see him breaking into the first team with the quality we have. Good luck Joel.

AN Other
AN Other
4 years ago

What about his mother then? Has she got a say in it as well?

MegaJulz
MegaJulz
4 years ago

BUT DADDY I WANT TO GO TO BENFICA ! WAHHH !!!

SubP
SubP
4 years ago

Need to get more orphans.

Barry wickings
Barry wickings
4 years ago

Another loan deal wouldn’t harm us he may blossom ref the coq

Stringer Bell
Stringer Bell
4 years ago
Reply to  Barry wickings

Well we let Semi go cos he wasn’t as hard as Coq!!

docciavelli
docciavelli
4 years ago

I really hoped after his showing at the World Cup that he’d kick on for a place in the first team. Unfortunately, he’s just not polished enough for the Premier League. If Wenger thinks Gnabry is a better option going forward, I’m fine with that. It’s not as if we’re hurting for options on the wing, and Campbell doesn’t seem like a “top quality” CF. Certainly not someone who will push Giroud/Welbeck/Theo down the pecking order.

santori
santori
4 years ago

As mentioned, if Campbell gets a decent offer to play regular football at a decent club, he may opt to move on bc of opportunity for regular games.

It will mean we have opportunity to add in the forward line regardless of Walcott’s contract and room for Gnabry.

santori
santori
4 years ago

Pity about Kongdogbia.

He would have really strengthened our midfield. Plenty of power and height plus very tidy feet.

Not a player you will come across often these days in terms of package and still only 22/23yrs which is perfect.

We miss that sort of authority (He had Coquelin in his pocket over BOTH legs) and driving run from deep.

Paul
Paul
4 years ago

Looks like we have Cech!!! Boom!

Paul
Paul
4 years ago
Reply to  Paul

Hey thumb downer you heard it here first and it’s 11 million.

flash
flash
4 years ago

heard it on the daily mail website first tbh. Although you are probably a more reliable source

Paul
Paul
4 years ago

Some people will be eating Cech’s hat!

Ex-Priest Tobin
Ex-Priest Tobin
4 years ago

I rate Campbell higher than Welbeck. I don’t know why Welbeck is being given a chance and Campbell isn’t; because he’s English I suppose.

GoonerN16
4 years ago

@ Tobin, why do you always get it wrong?

GoonerN16
4 years ago

@ Tobin, why oh why do u always get it wrong?

Trex d' Gunner
Trex d' Gunner
4 years ago

good move for all parties