The international break has been rife with reports of players unhappy with life at Arsenal. Podolski and Rosicky have expressed concern over their lack of playing time and Costa Rica forward Joel Campbell was also believed to have done so.
But in a statement on his website, Arsenal forward Joel Campbell has insisted that he has not asked for a move away from the club.
The 22-year-old had been linked with a transfer away from Arsene Wenger’s side after reportedly growing frustrated with the lack of first-team opportunities available to him at the Emirates Stadium.
However, the Costa Rica international is adamant that the reports are untrue and is focused on developing his talent with the Gunners.
What they have been saying is not true, I’m very calm. I have not been furious. Obviously, yes, I would like to be playing, but that’s something that has to be earned day by day.
I have to keep training and waiting for the opportunity, I know it’s a very competitive team. Arsenal is one of the best teams in the world where there are many important players.
I have to be patient, keep training and I know my chance will arrive and I’ll have to take advantage of it when it comes. [I’ve learned] a lot [from Arsene Wenger]. He is a coach who has many years in football and with Arsenal. I am learning from him and from my peers every day in training.
This is good news for the Gunners, as we could use some stability right now. However it does not address the key issue about why Campbell has not been given playing time and that is something that Wenger needs to address soon.