The young Costa Rican striker Joel Campbell was a big surprise signing by Arsene Wenger in August 2011, but the youngster had already started to impress for his national team and was obviously full of promise.
Surprisingly though his talent wasn’t enough to impress the board that gives out the work permits, so he has had to start his Arsenal career with three loan moves at Lorient, Real Betis and now in Greece with Olympiakos where he has finally started to blossom at age 21.
With 30 national performances under his belt he should have no problems getting a work permit this summer and he is very keen to return to the Emirates for next season.
So far this season Campbell has managed 7 goals and 11 assists in his 23 games for Olympiakos, and he is hoping that Wenger is taking note of his progress. He said this week: ‘As soon as Arsenal came, I wanted to join them and I believe I am ready to play for Arsenal next season,’
‘I know I have the capacity to play there. I am only waiting for the opportunity. With hard work I know I can get there.’
Is it possible that Wenger will not be looking for a new striker this summer if Campbell carries on knocking in the goals? It will certainly be interesting to see how he copes against the English defenders in the World Cup Group Stages…..