While everyone was waiting with baited breath for the official confirmation of Gabriel Paulista’s transfer to Arsenal, Joel Campbell’s loan move in the other direction had to take something of a back seat.
His contract situation was unclear initially, with his original deal set to expire this summer. Arsenal have revealed that the 22-year-old signed an extension before joining Villarreal on loan however, and is set to return to the club at the end of the season.
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Although he has struggled for game time at the Emirates this campaign, he is undeniably a talented young player. To lose him for free after investing so much time in him would have been shameful, so the fact that he has penned a new deal is excellent news.
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He may prove never to be of the required standard to make it at Arsenal, but he certainly has a bright future ahead of him. After a fantastic showing at the World Cup he was highly coveted, and hopefully this isn’t the last we’ve seen of Joel Campbell in an Arsenal shirt.