Arsenal on-loan forward Joel Campbell has admitted he is happy to remain in Spain next season if the Gunners feel he requires further loan experience.
The 20-year old joined Wenger’s books in August 2011, however has been unable to link up with the side after failing twice to acquire a work permit for England. Campbell was then consequently sent to Lorient on loan, and managed three goals in 25 appearances.
Then in the summer the Costa Rican international was still failed to gain a working permit and was then loaned to La Liga side Real Betis for the 2012/13 season. So far he has two goals in 15 apperances and is happy with how his spell is developing in Spain.
Betis are fighting hard to gain Europa qualification for next season and the youngster is eager to be a part of their immediate future as he feels he is developing well, however his main goal is to become an Arsenal first team player and is happy to return as soon as Wenger gives him the nod.
Campbell told Spanish paper Diario de Sevilla:
Being in a country like Spain and to play in this league means a lot. I want to keep playing well to keep progressing as a player.
I will concentrate until June and see what will happen after. I’ll give everything on the pitch until June, until we reach that date, to see what happens with me.
Arsenal are in charge of my career and I am longing to play with them, but I’m very comfortable here and I play for Betis wholeheartedly.
I’m trying to give my all for Betis because they opened the doors for me. We can go ahead and we believe make Europe.
Arsenal are struggling with depth in the striking department, so Campbell’s .presence will perhaps be welcomed in the summer to provide some competition and for the youngster to adapt to English football, however five goals to his name in a season and half is hardly prolific. But he is a talented, developing forward that will be one for the future, for now the next step for the Costa Rican next season is to gain a permit and start gaining Premier League or even Championship football experience rather than remaining in Spain. But if he again fails to suss a work permit then remaining in La Liga certainly is not a bad option.
Campbell along with Chuba Apkom, the talented 17-year-old who is scoring for fun in the reserve league, have big futures in football if their development continues successfully, however the duo will not be first team contenders next season so Wenger will still need to invest in the striking department this summer. But the up and coming youth will bolster options and diversity within the squad, the future looks healthy.