Joel Campbell linked with Galatasaray switch

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Joel Campbell is on the brink of a move to Galatasaray, say Honduran outlet Diario Deportivo Diez.

The 25 year old is off to the World Cup in Russia with Costa Rica, and it’s suggested his move to the Turkish side could take place before the tournament begins.

Campbell has led a nomadic footballing lifestyle since signing for Arsenal way back in 2011. He’s had loan spells with Lorient in France, Real Betis (twice) and Villarreal in Spain, Olympiacos and Sporting Lisbon.

Despite some good moments with the Gunners, he never fully convinced Arsene Wenger and it seems that new boss Unai Emery is looking elsewhere as he prepares his squad for next season.

Campbell is likely to be one of a number of fringe players moved on this summer. Lucas Perez has been strongly linked with Lazio after a disappointing loan spell with hometown club Deportivo la Coruna, although perhaps the Spanish connection might work in his favour with Emery.

The likes of Carl Jenknison, Cohen Bramall, Chuba Akpom and Emi Martinez are likely to be allowed leave, while David Ospina’s future is also in doubt with the club in the market for a new goalkeeper this summer.

It’s shaping up to be a busy summer.

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Rob67

“The likes of Carl Jenknison, Cohen Bramall, Chuba Akpom and Emi Martinez ” – if you throw in Campbell, there is a decent pile of money in the offing for that lot. Certainly enough to make one ‘impact’ signing.

thw14

Cohen Bramall cost forty thousand pounds. We’d struggle to get 15 million for the lot.

Dre

Agreed!

Prof Wenger to Emerytus

Cohen Bramal got zero chance to prove himself at Arsenal. It is very tough for young kids at Arsenal whereas senior players lack cojones on the pitch all year long.

Bould's Eyeliner

He did get one chance, and what we saw was that he couldn’t take it, not yet. It’s not a surprise when you lack the experience, yet he seemed a player in good physical condition–he can go on to a mid-table club and I’m sure he would still be thrilled at the opportunity.

Godfrey Twatsloch

Jenkinson and Martinez must be worth something surely? Add Campbell and either Perez or Welbeck to that and we should be getting a good return.

Homer

Selling Perez would be silly. Excellent player there.
Very good finisher, quick, good hold up play, and – unlike our boy Welbz, Lucas Perez CAN hit water when he falls out of a freaking boat.

The notion of keeping Welbz as a forward and letting Perez go is insanity.

Prof Wenger to Emerytus

I would like to know the emotional beloved starting XI of Arsenal fans. I am already including Santi, Perez, Campbell, Corporal Jenks, I am adding Eduardo on my own. Now retired BFG will be the coach.
Wenger’s near miss recruits XI is known in the media and internet. This emotional starting XI will be as popular as Wenger’s near miss team.

Dan

Rosicky and Eboue have gotta be in there too

Aminu

But then you have to fill in the English quota with the like of Welbeck such a pity.

Faisal Narrage

Jenks is currently on a stupidly long contract with high wages and hasn’t even been able to get into a Birmingham side in the Championship. We’ll be lucky to recoup the £1m we spent to get him. Likely have to pay him off for the rest of his contract, as he obviously doesn’t want to walk away from his £70k a week. So that’s a loss. Why would Martinez be worth anything? He’s a 25 year old keeper in an age of young keepers dominating their leagues. He hasn’t been able to break into any of the first team for… Read more »

Goonerink

That’s a very accurate but pessimistic opinion.
If you factor our new negotiating team we have more chance of getting the money.
Optimisicly;
2m jenks
5m martinez
12m campbell
13m perez
1m chuba
34m in total

Gets you 1 first team player out of sorts at his current club.
Getting you one at the top of his game in form at a club that has no reason to sell and your looking closer to 70m now sadly

Faisal Narrage

It’s not pessimistic, it’s the fact, sadly. We had to buy off an established French-capped fullback in Debuchy, who was wanted by the likes of United, because no one else could afford his £70k wages. How the heck are we going to do that for Jenks who’s on the same wage, has 3 more years on his contract, is considerably worse with a worse injury history and wasn’t even good enough for Birmingham? We struggled to sell him for £5M the last time, now as an asset he’s depreciated even further. He’s currently a Championship level player on high PL… Read more »

D ceee

Lol if wages are the problem imagine trying to move Ozil on!

Martin

Why sell Welbeck. He still does a good job for us.

Twatsloch

I’m not knocking Welbeck but it feels like his time with us is coming to a close. We still have Perez on our books and I think he’d be an exciting third option to Lacazette and Aubameyang.

Faisal Narrage

Eddie should be our third option.

Roof-attack

If any transfer and subsequent career summed up arsenals transfer policy over the last ten years , this is it.

Damo Dinkum

Except that Campbell actually exceeded expectations when he got his chance, to be fair.

clins

one of the most dissapointing things about arsenal during past years is what happened to players like campbell and perez. players like them struggled alot with loan moves or something else to break in to arsenal team. and it takes a lot of time and effort for them to break in and even then only after an injury crisis or so will they finally get a chance. and when they do they give everything and played relativrly well . but come next season all of them will be cast aside and wengers favourites like walcot will be given the starts… Read more »

Myrtle

Thank you. You are so, so spot on.
Lucas and Campbell put in solid performances and completely bailed the team out on a number of occasions.

jon

I would add Podolski to that lot. A fantastic player that Wenger actually never intended ro use.

Faisal Narrage

It’s a travesty. Loved Poldi for years. We talk about Wenger not changing, but he actually changed a few bit. From a man who knew what he wanted and scouting for it, to a man that seemed to be winging it.

Poldi was limited but a goalscorer. But rather than play to his strengths, we shunted him to the wings.

What’s even worse is that all the justifications for not using him as a CF existed in Walcott and then some, yet Wenger persisted with Theo for a season as a striker but not Podolski.

Madness.

Bould's Eyeliner

It’s not madness–it gave Giroud the opportunity to bloom into the CF we never knew at that time he could be. It was clear that Giroud was benefitting from Podolski’s experience on and off the pitch, and that Giroud was a prospect that was still developing, rather than a complete product like Podolski. Maybe it’s admiration for a player who used his brains to pull himself into the footballing world. Or maybe it’s admiration for a fellow Frenchman, but it was clear Wenger saw something in Giroud, and the centurion payed him back. Transfer decisions are always a balance scale.… Read more »

Double98

But he was pretty terrible at getting out while he still could

Pedant

Get out while you can, Joel.

Boom Xhaka Laca

Get out while you can, Joel!

Bob

Joel Campbell is still an Arsenal player!?!

BringBackSeaman

Oh yeah, Joel still our player – forgot about that.

gooner

Lucas Perez underwhelming season.

8 league goals.

Yaya Sanogoal

6 league un goals.

Incredible Welbeck

5 league goals.

I’d give Lucas a proper chance ahead of you know who.
Hopefully he has a good world cup.

AW96

Voldemort?

Homer

Good post, but compare how many starts/minutes both of them had and Perez is by FAR superior.

gooner1981

Maybe we could sell him after the World Cup? Clubs pay crazy money for someone who shines at the WC. So, here’s wishing Campbell, and Ospina all the very best in Russia! As for the others mentioned, doubt we’re going to get much for them- get their wages off the bill, and sell-on clauses at most. Maybe Akpom, after his Belgium stint

Rich

Jenkinson has a contract until 2020?
Can’t see him being keen to go anywhere in a hurry, or anyone keen to take him off our hands after a big injury and on big wages.

Db412

I’ve always rated him as a solid 2nd choice winger with a good eye for goal and work rate. Don’t really get why he’s always been loaned out – wasn’t he valued around £15m at one point?

Kostas

I still believe in him. I would like to see him under Unai.

Magneto

I still believe in him too, and would also like to see him given
a fair chance at playing for the Arsenal regularly, under Unai.

I specifically watched the Costa Rica v Northern Ireland game
last Sunday, on the BBC red button, just to see him play.

It was clear that he still knows how to create & score goals,
despite being out of action for most, if not all, of last season
with injury.

Stephen

Dick law is a dick!

NW Gooner

Does this mean we can get a return of the ‘Get Out While You Can, Joel’ dance remix, extended edition for old times sake?

Merlin's Panini

Who’s Carl Jenknison and what about Carl Jenkinson?

Also, I had totally forgotten about Cohen Bramall. Seems Arsene wasn’t quite so good at buying from the lower leagues in England as he was France.

Merlin's Panini

I like Joel. I think he’s a good back up option and, although not a world beater, he is a hard worker and an asset to have, particularly when seeing out a game. He works his hole off, can create (remember that stunning champions league assist) and is a decent finisher too.

Tusikon

His contract runs out at the end of month, so there’s gonna be nothing in it for us… Too bad he never truely got a chance or was sold earlier.

santori

I’d expect some of our peripheral players have a final chance in the world cup to up their value before making a decision. Meanwhile I’m not sure where the club is going. If you ask a neutral, we are no longer an exciting club. Hate to say this but the City project is much more exciting even if it means they are spending petro dollars. We are adding older players which makes sense from a pound foolish point of view but it won’t be the sort of signings that will attract interest from neutrals and it certainly is riskier in… Read more »

Aminu

Sounds interesting for me I want all those players mentioned sold including Ospina if possible bring back Szcny. …. Lets revamp if Continues his lazy football lets cash in on him and stop having Lazy stars for all i care.

Rich

Get out while you still can

Tony Hall

Personally I would keep Campbell and Perez and give them a season with a good amount of playing time to see what they can do. Both very good players who always impressed when they got a chance and gave 100% as well as having plenty of pace. Pace being something somewhat lacking in the team right now.

Charles

Let’s all get out when we can.