According to the Guardian, Joel Campbell has told Arsenal that he does not want to spend another season on loan away from the club.
The report doesn’t outline what the Costa Rica would prefer, but as far as we can make out the alternatives are to stay at Arsenal, and risk not being registered for Premier League and Europa League action, or seal a permanent move elsewhere.
The 25-year-old international is currently recovering from a knee injury sustained on international duty at the Gold Cup earlier in the summer. It was initially suggested that the attacker would be ruled out for six months but his rehabilitation appears to be going quicker. Whether he’s recovered enough to pass a medical elsewhere is unknown.
Campbell has already been loaned out five times since moving to London from homeland club Saprissa in 2011. He’s spent time in France, Spain, Greece and most recently Portugal where he played for Sporting Lisbon. His only taste of Arsenal action came in the first half of the 2014/15 season when he played ten games.
He was rewarded with a new contract before spending the second half of that season at Villarreal. The Guardian suggests that his deal lasts until 2019, we (and Transfermarkt) think it’s until the end of this season, meaning he’s on the cusp of becoming a free agent.
Arsene Wenger has spoken repeatedly in recent weeks of his need to trim the first team squad. He still has work to do on that front despite selling Wojciech Szczesny and Gabriel, releasing Yaya Sanogo and loaning Carl Jenkinson and Cohen Bramall. Lucas Perez, Mathieu Debuchy, Kieran Gibbs, Jack Wilshere and Calum Chambers could also move before the window closes on 31 August.