Arsenal striker opens talks over summer exit

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Arsenal striker Joel Campbell has been the subject of an early approach from loan club Olympiacos over a permanent summer transfer and is open to the possibility of staying in Greece on a long-term basis.

Campbell joined Olympiacos on a season-long loan last summer in his third spell away from Arsenal since agreeing a move to the Emirates in 2011, with previous time spent with Lorient and Real Betis.

The 21-year-old is under contract with the Gunners until 2016 but is believed to be considering his options, with the Costa Rica international anxious not to become a bench warmer in the Premier League next season at a crucial stage of his career.

The forward's agent Joaquim Batica told Greek press last weekend that Olympiacos have been in contact with Arsenal over the possibility of a permanent summer transfer, but talks are very much at a tentative stage.

Batcia is quoted by Arsenal blog GoonerTalk as stating: “It is a matter between the two clubs. However, from the beginning it was difficult, since Joel belongs to a big club like Arsenal and this, as you know, makes things more complicated.

“It’s a critical year for Campbell. There is also the World Cup ahead. But, as I said, he is happy in Greece and Olympiakos.

“He would not be happy to be in one of the top leagues but to stay on the bench”.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger will be impressed with Campbell's statistics in Athens this season, with the versatile forward scoring seven goals and assisting another 10 in 22 Greek Super League matches.

The Gunners are short of recognised strike cover for Olivier Giroud and have a decision to make over Campbell's future this summer, particularly with Nicklas Bendtner out of contract at the end of the season.

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