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Look at him now: Joel Campbell and Arsenal

Look at him now: Joel Campbell and Arsenal - Look at them now

Arsenal fans, remember Joel Campbell?!

You would be forgiven if you had forgotten the Costa Rican was ever a part of the squad. Having arrived in 2011, the versatile forward found life rather difficult in London for various reasons and appeared to be living out of a suitcase for the majority of his time at the Emirates Stadium.

He spent time on loan at Lorient in France and Real Betis in Spain before obtaining himself a work permit to give him an opportunity in Arsene Wenger’s side, however, he was shortly sent out on loan once again, this time clocking up the air miles to Greece and Olympiakos.

Campbell made a name for himself in the 2014 Brazil World Cup finals with Costa Rica that summer, as did his country, as he put in a number of impressive performances for the CONCACAF nation as they reached the last eight of the tournament.


Those showings convinced Arsenal to give him a chance to show what he could do in the Premier League, however, that was well and truly short-lived as he struggled to make a name for himself and made a swift return to the airport after being labelled anonymous by BBC Sport.

He boarded a plane back to Spain and joined Villarreal for six months before spending the whole of the 2015/16 campaign in north London, making 19 Premier League appearances.

But, as had become the norm for Campbell, he was back clocking up the air miles and was sent to Portugal, as he joined Sporting Lisbon for a year before heading back to Betis for another loan spell the following season.

The Costa Rican finally ended his association with Arsenal in the summer of 2018 when he joined Frosinone on a permanent deal, however, the loan spells do not appear to have stopped coming for him.

Still only 26-years-old, the versatile forward has left another huge carbon footprint on the earth with his air travel as he currently plays his football in Mexico with Liga MX side Leon.

Arsenal fans, what did you make of Campbell? Let us know below!


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