Though not yet officially confirmed by Arsenal, we know Joel Campbell has gone off to Spain to spend the rest of the 2014/2015 campaign with La Liga club – Villareal, and while it has not been a pretty 6 months for him so far, the Costa Rican forward is still hoping to prove a good ambassador for the Gunners in his time at the El Madrigal.
The 22-year old was involved in the deal that sees Gabriel Paulista arrive the Emirates this January and while paper work is still being put through to make the defender’s move certified, Campbell has already began training with the Submarines, preparing for the challenge of Lionel Messi and company in the coming weekend.
He was one of the stars of the World Cup at Brazil, helping his national side to their first ever quarter-final appearance in the event, masterminding some major giant killings along the way which scalped Italy and England out of the Group Stages. Taking his place up in England’s top flight with his parent club has not proven so successful but he still wants to show he has learnt a good measure from his short time so far.
“I hope to work hard to do thing in the best way. I want to spend these four months well and succeed here. I am very happy” Campbell said, according to the Daily Star.
He’s also promised not to let the Gunners family down in a tweet posted on Tuesday.
“Thanks to the whole family of Arsenal for their messages. I hope to make them proud”
There was no lack of support for the young forward in his last six months at the Emirates and if he is leaving to get more footballing minutes other than training, it has less do with him not being good enough as the fact that the players ahead of him in his place have clearly offered more.
There remains the regret that he was never given the time to play as proper center forward as their seems to be a bit more trickery in him than Welbeck or Giroud have shown but Wenger uses a spell in the wing to test his player’s abilities to thrive well in central roles and it is fair to say Campbell wasn’t exactly stellar in his three starts, especially against Hull where he did not show cold bloodedness when he got his moments in front of goal.
Going by his previous loan outings, he should do well with Villareal provided he gets regular playing time. He should be more comfortable with his Spanish surroundings and should settle in immediately with his new teammates. Marcellino Toral already rates him as having something the current players do not have.
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