Joel Campbell has more or less confirmed that he’ll return to Arsenal this summer after revealing there’s no option in his loan contract with Sporting Lisbon to give the Portuguese club the option to make the deal permanent.
The 24 year old is currently with his fifth loan club having joined the Gunners in 2011, and it seems even if that option were there, Sporting wouldn’t be inclined to take it up.
Campbell has had very mixed reviews since going there in August, and has just four goals from 21 appearances.
Speaking to the press in Portugal, he said, “There is no purchase option. I have to fulfill my loan to Sporting in the best way and then return to Arsenal.
I have given my best, sometimes I do not play, but football is like that. But I hope that when I return [from international duty] I can play again.”
Campbell’s workrate and effort endeared him to Arsenal fans last season, and while he did show some moments of real quality, he has never fully convinced Arsene Wenger who dispatched him to Portugal last summer.
It seems unlikely he’s got any long-term future with the club, but he still has some years left on his contract so it’s a matter of wait and see this summer.