According to a report from The Metro this weekend, Joel Campbell will leave Arsenal at the end of the season, with a permanent move to Spain the most likely option for the Costa Rican striker.
After joining Arsenal as a teenager and hoping to get a place in the first team, Campbell was loaned out several times to clubs across France and Spain including Lorient, Betis, Olympiacos and Villareal and had limited chances to try and impress Arsene Wenger at The Emirates.
The 25-year-old has finally decided to quit Arsenal at the end of the season when his contract expires and with less than a year on his current contract he wants to make his loan move at La Liga club, Real Betis a permanent move.
Campbell joined Arsenal in 2011 but had only had one full season where he enjoyed consistent playing time, that was in the 2015/2016 season as he helped Arsenal qualify from our Champions League group stage. He will be best remembered for scoring for Olympiacos against Manchester United in the Champions League in 2014 as the Greek side won 2-0, but despite his heroics, they still lost the return leg 3-0.
It now looks likely that the Arsenal board are not considering extending his contract at the end of the season and the player wants stay at Real Betis, Campbell said:
“I will try to give my best this season. In the end the club is happy with what I do and they want to bet on me…”
Good luck JC!