Arsenal set for talks over future of Joel Campbell

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The agent of Arsenal star Joel Campbell has arrived in London to hold talks over a possible exit from the club, reports ESPN.

Joaquim Batica has been outspoken in his criticism of Arsene Wenger after the Frenchman refused to let Campbell join Benfica in the closing stages of the summer transfer window. The agent arrived at London Colney on Thursday in an attempt to get his client out of north London.

Campbell, 22, arrived at Arsenal amidst much fanfare in the summer. He had spent several seasons on loan to Lorient, Real Betis and Olympiakos, but it was only at the Greek club where he started to show his potential. That great form continued at the World Cup where Campbell was arguably Costa Rica's best player as they made it all the way to the quarter-finals.

Lack of first-team football

But Campbell has not been able to work his way into the Arsenal first-team. He has played in just four Premier League games so far this season. According to his agent, Campbell was expecting more of a chance to prove himself and feels he is yet to get it.

Despite his lack of first team football, plenty of European outfits are interested in taking Campbell off of Arsenal's hands. Real Sociedad, managed by David Moyes, seem to be most keen but Villarreal are also interested.

With Wenger admitting talks with Villarreal over a deal for Gabriel Paulista are ongoing, it gives the Yellow Submarine a chance to get Campbell included in any deal. But Wenger has insisted that he rates the Costa Rican highly and does not want to let him leave.

Instead, it seems Wenger is happy to educate Campbell on the training ground, whilst allowing him snippets of game time as a substitute. He may get a chance to impress on Sunday as Arsenal travel to Falmer to take on Brighton and Hove Albion in the FA Cup.


However, should Batica get his way Campbell may not be an Arsenal player by the time the fourth round tie kicks off at 16:00. He would be the third player to leave the Emirates Stadium this month after Lukas Podolski was allowed to leave for Inter Milan on loan and Yaya Sanogo sealed a similar deal with Crystal Palace.

Whether Campbell would prefer a loan or a permanent deal remains unclear but Wenger is likely to want the chance to bring him back to the club should he again impress away from Arsenal.

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