Official: Forward pictured in club jersey, as Arsenal finalise deal

Sporting Lisbon have confirmed the signing of Arsenal forward and Costa Rica international Joel Campbell on a season long loan, according to BBC Sport.

Joel Campbell


Sporting Lisbon have confirmed the signing of Arsenal forward and Costa Rica international Joel Campbell on a season-long loan, according to BBC Sport.

Here is the pic.

Campbell, who joined Arsenal in 2011, has been loaned out for the sixth time in the last 5 seasons. He made 30 appearances for Arsenal last season, scoring 4 goals. Despite signing for Arsenal in 2011, Campbell was able to receive a work permit only 3 seasons later.

It was only then that Arsene Wenger confirmed Campbell’s involvement in the Premier League and in Europe for Arsenal.

The deal has come of as a surprise to many Arsenal faithful, many of whom have become very fond of the Costa Rican, primarily because of his work rate and his loyalty to the club, playing with utmost dedication and conviction both while starting in games as well as in games where he has come on as a substitute.

Many fans have taken to Social media criticizing Arsene Wenger for loaning out Campbell while simultaneously retaining Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, of whom the former has in recent times come under a lot of criticism for not delivering and not being up to the mark.

Ever since the deal was confirmed, Fans have taken to twitter and the deal has evidently not gone down well with many of them:

However, not all fans have found the news of the deal to be distressful:

Here are a few contrasting reactions:

For a player who has made just about 30 appearances for the club, Joel Campbell’s qualities divide Arsenal fans rather vividly. How good, or average, is Joel Campbell? He was in actual fact very good last season, and in many ways, resembles a standard Premier League winger/midfielder, the ones we got to see regularly when 4-4-2 was still a thing.

Nevertheless, he is not going to play for Arsenal this season. One can only hope he delivers for Sporting, and proves to the world just how good he is.


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