Joel Campbell finally leaves Arsenal, Sporting Lisbon transfer


Joel Campbell, 24, is set to end his Arsenal nightmare with a move to Sporting Lisbon.

The Costa Rican striker has found his first team opportunities limited at the Emirates and is desperate for regular first team football.

Campbell made 19 Premier League appearances for the Gunners last season, his most yet. Injuries forced Arsene Wenger to include the striker in a wide role, scoring on his first competitive start against Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium.

Despite this, he found himself returned to the bench with the emergence of Alex Iwobi.

According to local media reports, the two clubs have agreed terms of a loan deal with Campbell set to move to the Portuguese capital.

Campbell has been heavily linked with moves to the Primeira Liga for the past two summers with a loan move to Benfica falling through due to the Gunners annual injury crisis last year.

This time, Sporting have landed the player who has previously had loan spells in France with Lorient, Spain with Real Betis and Villarreal, and with Olympiacos in Greece where he scored in their 2 – 0 Champions League win over Manchester United in February 2014, much to the joy of Arsenal fans.

Arsenal’s pursuit of Campbell in 2011 descended into farce with the Gunners negotiating team left searching the Caribbean for his agent to begin talks. It took a month for all parties to reach agreement over the move.

Now his time in north London appears to be over with Sporting acting more decisively to nab their man.


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