Arsenal striker hints at permanent exit

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Arsenal striker Joel Campbell, who is currently on loan with La Liga club Real Betis, says he would be happy to stay in Spain were the opportunity to present itself.

Campbell has yet to feature for the Arsenal first-team since his transfer to the club in the summer transfer window of 2011, and has twice been sent out to further his education on loan.

After a spell with Lorient last term, the 20-year-old Costa Rican joined Real Betis in July and has benefited from a sustained spell of senior football; scoring three times in 15 appearances this season.

Campbell's form, however, is unlikely to mean a regular place at Arsenal with the likes of Theo Walcott, Olivier Giroud and Lukas Podolski to further delay his progression into Arsene Wenger's side.

The youngster, though, is content with his current situation, it would be delighted to continue his time with Real Betis beyond the initial terms of his one-year loan, should Arsenal allow him to make a permanent transfer.

"To be in a country like Spain, playing in this league, means a lot," he told El Desmarque.

"I want to keep playing well and keep progressing as footballer. I’ll focus until June and see what happens after that.

“I’ll give everything on the pitch for Betis and see what happens when the time comes.

“Arsenal are in charge of what I do. I’d also like to play for them but I’m very comfortable here and I’ll defend Betis with all my heart."

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