Lorient’s manager Christian Gourcuff offered a statement regarding Arsenal’s young prospect Joel Campbell. The striker who was just transferred by Arsene Wenger in the summer was then loaned out because he could not get a work permit in the UK. After a very short time spent in France at Lorient, the young striker is now wanted for good at the French team by his manager, and Gourcuff says he could improve the youngster furthermore if he would be allowed to stay for another year.
“It would be wonderful [if he could rejoin on loan], but I doubt it,” Gourcuff told Goal.com.
“We don’t have privileged relations with Arsenal, as opposed to what everyone thinks – just affinities on the level of the management of our clubs which we have in common.
“They released him because he did not have his work permit in England. Otherwise, they would have kept him. Anyway, I think they do not see such a dim view of the fact that he will progress with us. They have their interests and we have ours.”
“He’s just come to Europe – it is normal that he still has progress to make, but I don’t have a concern about him. He is a boy who is listening to the others.
“He is rigorous and he is disciplined. He can still progress on the level of the choices which he could make on the pitch, so that they are more relevant, but with the experience it will come.”
Joel Campbell was one of the first transfers of the summer for Arsene Wenger who brought the kid to Arsenal just after his debut for Costa Rica’s senior national squad. At only 19-years-old he already has 7 appearances for Costa Rica and 2 goals. He also managed to score a goal since his loan started at Lorient just 5 games into the season. He seems like a real talent and if he keeps up this sort of performances he might become just the player Arsenal needs.