If there has been an unlucky player in the Arsenal squad, then it has to be Joel Campbell.
The Costa Rican star was brought at The Emirates in 2011 and since then he hasn’t settled himself at all. With a massive potential, Arsenal brought him in that turmoil period and a lot was promised fro him.
The young Costa Rican couldn’t manage a work permit and was loaned to Lorient. Since then he has been loaned out as several clubs like Real Betis, Olympiakos, Villareal.
Last season was his first where he stayed the whole season with his parent club and to be honest he performed pretty well. But this season again he has been loaned at Sporting CP.
Despite performing decently in the limited chances he has got, Joel can be considered as a bit unlucky as he has constantly found himself down the pecking order. But even this season he has continued his form at his new home. Joel so far has been brilliant for his new club and has scored 2 goals.
There was always a major section of Arsenal fans who wanted him to stay, but Arsene Wenger still opted to loan the Costa Rican. However, the latest display of Campbell has enhanced the urge from Arsenal fans to call him back from the spell. Joel scored a brace in the last world cup qualifiers match for his country against USA. He came on as a late substitute but managed to score two magnificent goals to secure a 4-0 victory over Klinsmann’s USA.
Arsenal supporters were focused on their star and took social media to voice their complaints against Campbell’s loan. Some Gooners even demanded and urged Wenger to call him back from Sporting and loan Oxlade Chamberlain instead.
One wrote: “Joel Campbell scored a brace vs USA in a 4 nil win, yet Wenger won’t give the kid a proper chance at Arsenal.”
Another tweeted: “Bring back Joel Campbell and loan Chamberlain @Arsenal.”
And a third added: “Why’d we let Joel Campbell go?”
It remains to see whether after all these the Arsenal boss choose to give a callback to his former soldier.
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