Joel Campbell flies to Spain on Ryanair to complete short-term Arsenal exit

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Arsenal striker Joel Campbell is flying Ryanair to Spain to complete a loan move to Villarreal.

In a modern world where football players are paid fortunes to ply their trade, it seems almost unthinkable that a Premier League forward would be forced to travel with the common man on a low-budget airline.

Previous loan impact

But that's the fate that has fallen upon Costa Rican international Campbell, who impressed in the World Cup but has failed to make an impact for the Gunners after returning to the club following a successful loan with Olympiacos.

He'll be looking to repeat the trick with the Yellow Submarine, and revealed yesterday that he was excited at the opportunity that lay ahead of him.

"This means a lot to me, I am very excited with this new opportunity and I hope to sign the contract tomorrow [Sunday]," he said in a personal video blog posted online.

He's now a step closer to penning that deal - unless he's decided to take a mid-season break in Spain, of course - after catching a flight across Europe. Former Daily Mail world football editor Matt Fortune was one of the first to Tweet the image of the striker on board the plane, which is spreading fast across the social media site.

His short-term switch to El Madrigal comes at the same time as Gabriel Paulista prepares to move to the Emirates Stadium. The centre back has been drafted in to compete for a place at the heart of defence in the Arsenal side.

Campbell, meanwhile, hasn't been able to get past Olivier Giroud when the Frenchman has been fit for Arsenal, whilst Danny Welbeck is the other main option in attack. Chuba Akpom also appears to have been promoted into the first team fold, whilst Theo Walcott could do the job if required.

Lukas Podolski has left Arsenal for pastures new in Italy, and now Campbell is another striker to move on to make the trip away from north London in a deal until the end of the season.

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