While rumours of the likes of Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil potentially departing have rocked the Arsenal fans in the Transfer Tavern, it’s fair to say Joel Campbell doesn’t command quite the same gravitas.
Still, the Costa Rican winger emerged as a palpable goal threat when called upon last season and put himself in the good books of the Gunners faithful.
So, reports linking with him a move to Valencia still came as unwelcome news in North London, despite his relatively low standing in the pecking order.
Surely, he’d do a better job than Theo Walcott?
However, the 24-year old has reiterated his desire to stay at the Emirates Stadium this season and fight for his place under Arsene Wenger.
The French tactician has invested a lot of time into the forward, having signed him from his homeland in 2011, before loaning him out to the likes of Lorient, Real Betis and Olympiacos.
As a result, Campbell has announced on his official website that he intends to stay at the club and help their title tilt.
“I have had a good holiday and now I am happy to train, to return strong, to prepare myself well in this preseason for the new campaign for which I have high expectations and I will fight with everything to have the opportunity to play and to show what I can give.
“Last season was my first full season with the team from start to finish and to me it was a very productive time, I played 30 games and that was very important for me and made me mature a lot.
”I could show what I’m made of, and at last the team and the fans were happy with what I have done.”
Arsenal fans, do you think Campbell can blossom into a first-team regular over the next few seasons? Let us know below….
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