Joel Campbell has revealed that he is enjoying the journey he is taking to becoming a top player following a series of loan moves around Europe.
The Costa Rican striker has been sent to numerous clubs after signing for Arsenal in 2011, but his initial inability to get a work permit meant he was unable to play for the Gunners first team.
What followed were numerous spells in Spain, France and Greece and the forward says he is enjoying the experience and his journey to the top.
“My experiences abroad helped me a lot,” he told Arsenal Player. “At Lorient I had my first spell in European football. I arrived in France aged 18 and I managed to play many games in the league,” he said to Arsenal.com
“One year later I went to Betis in Seville. It was a very positive experience. I played around 30 games in La Liga which is one of the best three domestic competitions in the world.
Campbell was a huge success last season at Olympiakos where he earned headlines and plaudits for his performances and goal against Manchester United in the Champions League.
It was thought he might finally break into the first team this season, but after struggling during the first half of the campaign has been sent on-loan to La Liga side Villarreal.
“Then last season at Olympiacos I competed in the Champions League. I got a lot of confidence from the manager. Michel helped me build my confidence and gave me plenty of freedom to show my game,” Campbell continued.
“So far I’ve enjoyed this journey. I’m just 22 years old but I’ve played in France, Spain, Greece and England. I still have a long way to go but I hope not to get any serious injuries so I can work hard and just continue to improve.”
Whilst it looks precarious, Campbell’s Arsenal career might not be over with the 22-year-old signing a new contract before heading off on-loan, which means an Emirates return could be likely in the future.
Or the cynic in you might say it’s because the club want to secure a sizable fee when he is eventually sold on in the summer.