Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has confirmed that he would like to keep striker Joel Campbell at the club this season.
The Costa Rican forward has made just ten senior appearances for the Gunners since joining in 2011, with work permit issues initially forcing Arsene Wenger to send the 23-year-old on loan to Lorient and then Real Betis.
Continuous loan spells
Despite receiving the necessary paperwork, Arsenal then sent the player to Olympiacos for a season - where he scored against Manchester United in the Champions League - before a spell at Villarreal at the end of last term.
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Wenger insists he is still a big fan of Campbell, irrespective of the fact that he's predominantly plied his trade away from the Emirates Stadium, and the Frenchman would be 'very happy' if he stayed in north London by the close of the transfer window.
“At the moment he is here and personally I would like to keep him,” said Wenger, according to the official Arsenal website.
'I rate him highly'
“I will have to sit down with Joel because I rate him highly as a player and personally if he stays here I am very happy.”
Palermo are among the clubs to be linked with a move for Campbell this summer, with the Daily Mail claiming in the last fortnight that it would cost in the region of £7.1million for the Italians to land the player before the end of the month.
Despite not featuring in either squad so far this season, Wenger's comments suggest the player does have a future with Arsenal if he wants to stay and fight for his place. A conversation looks set to happen in the coming days, and the situation will almost certainly become clear before deadline day - will he stay or will he go?