According to Marca, Joel Campbell could be heading back to La Liga with Valencia apparently ready to sign the attacking midfielder on a permanent basis.
The Costa Rica international established himself as a regular in Arsene Wenger’s first team last season, scoring four goals in 31 appearances. At times he was picked ahead of Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, but appeared to fall out of favour in the run in as Alex Iwobi came to prominence.
For all his pace, trickery and willingness to put in a defensive shift, there’s always been an underlying suspicion that Arsene Wenger doesn’t really rate Campbell as a long-term option. As such, we’re not entirely surprised to hear that he could depart this summer…even if it would leave us further short of attacking options.
Campbell is under contract until 2018 meaning the Gunners could command a reasonable transfer fee while Valencia would be getting a man who knows all about Spanish football; the 24-year-old has previously played for Real Betis and Villarreal on loan, in addition to spells in France and Greece.