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.
— Joel Campbell (@joel_campbell12) August 21, 2016
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:
Scratching my head at Wenger's decision to loan out Joel Campbell (one of our best players last season) and keep the useless donkey Walcott.
— – (@Wheeler__AFC) August 21, 2016
Joel Campbell's better than Walcott and ox but the guy's been sent out on loan again loooool. Wenger in for life mate
— – (@TallestVillain) August 21, 2016
— Jacomus69 (@jacomus69) August 21, 2016
However, not all fans have found the news of the deal to be distressful:
Here are a few contrasting reactions:
Joel Campbell really is a stick to beat Wenger with for some fans, huh? Clearly not good enough, regardless of his professionalism.
— SlovenianGooner (@slovenianGooner) August 21, 2016
Glad Joel is gone. Decent player, nothing more. Never got the love affair with him that some have.
— Tom Gordon (@GoonerGordo) August 21, 2016
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.