Saturday, July 13, 2024

Sociedad weighing up Campbell deal

Joel Campbell may have netted just once in 18 appearances on loan at Villarreal, however, the Costa Rican continues to turn heads in La Liga.

Real Sociedad, managed by David Moyes, are again sniffing around the 22-year-old having reportedly had a bid for the player rebuffed back in January.

Speaking to Teledonosti, club president Jokin Aperribay hinted that the Gunners winger, who signed a contract extension at the Emirates six months ago, could be back on the shopping list at the Anoeta.

“It’s an interesting player for Real [Sociedad], but right now there is no talk of a transfer.

“I think that’s a result of not coming to Real in January when he came to taste Spanish football, but we’ll analyse the financial conditions that a transfer would pose.”

Aperribay admitted that Sociedad had approached Danny Ings only to be told early in negotiations that the England under-21 striker would prefer to stay in England. He’s since signed for Liverpool.

“There will be no signing in the coming days,” noted Apperribay when pressed on the board’s work in the transfer market.

“We’re not necessarily in a hurry to sign players, the important thing is to get value for money for Real Sociedad. You have to have patience.”

Sociedad finished 12th at the end of Moyes’ first season in Spain, but the Scot has the backing of the board to get them back into the European positions next year.

Given his age and the experience he’s gained in Spain – Villarreal was his second spell in La Liga following an earlier stint with Real Betis – Campbell and Sociedad seem to be a decent match.

He’s very much in the Carlos Vela mould; a player who lost his way at Arsenal but has gone from strength to strength in San Sebastian.

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Getso gunner

Better for Him because He has no future in Arsenal


Thanks to CB for initiating this.
Please vote Ramsey NOW for best CL goal…
Barca rigging us out of this again with Messy’s goal slightly ahead.
He’s now up to 35%. Process is a bit of a hassle but defo worth it for Ramsey’s sweet strike.

Robbie Rob

50 Cent’s son or brother?


Get out while you can Joel!


Ha! Always nice to mock all of these morons


all that time wasted by Dick Law in one summer in signing this guy!


I heard that Dick went out there for paid holidays, but the club was so broke that they had to get one of those Ryan Air holiday packages. Unfortunately, Dick’s return flight wasn’t for a month so he thought he might as well sign a player while there.


Vela was far more talented than joel. Just don’t see where he’d fit in with the team. I think he might turn out to be a good striker…the fast, pacy type. I’d still take him over sanogo though.


Sanogo WILL come GOOD!


As I have mentioned, Campbell has two options :

Likely Wenger will offer him a place in the first team with no guarantees till January to see if he does a Coquelin.

OTOH should he receive a decent offer to play regularly at his age at a decent club, it will be up to him if he takes it.

Considering the wealth of talent in midfield in the squad at the moment, the later will be a tempting option, should wages and terms of contract be competitive.

Nacho de Montreal is tasty

Agree, it is up to him. Lukaku and Studridge had to take that decision at Chelsea. Bojan did at Barcelona. Also, clubs have to ponder before letting young players go. Real let Samuel Eto’o go too quickly, I think. He hurt them bad during classicos after he landed at Barcelona. You never know.


I’m fine with him leaving to Real Sociedad, just hope we include a buy-back clause and structure the deal similar to the Carlos Vela package.

This way both teams win if he plays well and if he turns out to be a flop at San Sebastien then at Real Sociedad will be paying his wages.

Always rated the guy, though. Think he’s as good as Vela.


Carlos Vela was not suited to England. Too soft. Campbell is more robust and his use of the ball is actually very intelligent. Joel’s problem really is he needs to score to impress because we already have others who can do what he promises to do at the moment in a wide area. So his utility for us would have been as a front man. He hasn’t scored enough in Spain to suggest he will step up but you never know how the boss feels. Coquelin did not have a spectacular campaign by any means in Germany but it was… Read more »

Nacho de Montreal is tasty

The toughest time in a footballer’s career is when he has to break into a senior team. Good for him if Sociedad is the team who gives him that opportunity. Campbell, Wellington, Gnabry and Akpom, hope one of these guys turns into world class.


He hasn’t got suitable hair for AFC, unfortunately….good luck Joel hope it goes well for you.

Merlin's Panini

I still don’t know what to make of him. He looked alright at the World Cup. Scored one great goal. He didn’t seem to do much when he got his chance with us though. He just seemed to go missing and seemed scared to take anyone on.
Would be a shame if he didn’t make it what with all the effort that went into signing him ahead of Real Madrid et al.


There’s so long we can keep letting him go out on loan. If they want him and the price is right we can let him leave. At most we find a way to insert the fabled buy back clause/first-option blablabla if we feel the need to remain subconsciously close to him


I for one hope he sticks around next season. Alexis is bound to start the season late after the copa America. With Podolski and Ryu certain to leave I think he could get some game time. Not really seen enough of him to say if he is good enough but would like to see him given a chance.




He must defeat Shane Long to stand a chance.

Debuchyt You Not

Double double doubellll JOEL CAMPBELL’LL WIN THE DOUBLE


He just doesn’t seem ready for the Arse. Highly likely he’ll opt to go. All the best Joel

Gus Caesar

A decent offer from anyone and we’ll be packing him off as quickly as we can. Good player but not at our level.

Arsenal's Legend

I think Arsenal has moved beyond bedding players although as a player you will be given a decent chance in which you have to prove your worth and if you allow that fast paced train to pass you by, then you are on your own. case study; Le coq and sanogo

Headless chicken

Is Aperribay serious or is he just Jokin?

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