Campbell receives work permit but further loan spell still a possibility

Almost two years since he officially became an Arsenal player, Joel Campbell finally received the news that he had long been waiting for when it was confirmed last night that he has been granted a work permit enabling him to play in England.

The Costa Rican winger, who has scored seven goals in 25 senior outings for his country, has spent the ensuing period out on loan, first with Lorient in France and then with Real Betis last season. Despite being a regular on the right flank for both of his temporary sides, the athletic and powerful youngster failed to find the scoresheet with regularity, scoring a combined total of just five league goals in two years.

However, many other aspects of his game have improved considerably since he departed on temporary transfer. The 21-year-old’s close control has improved markedly, whilst his decision making is also far more accurate than it was two years ago. Campbell is already officially part of Arsenal’s first-team squad despite the fact that he has yet to be allocated a squad number, but manager Arsene Wenger will face a difficult decision upon the team’s return from Asia regarding how, if at all, Campbell will fit into his plans for next season.

Much could depend on the situation concerning another flying young winger, Ryo Miyaichi. The Japanese international travelled with the club on the Asia Tour, but didn’t feature against an Indonesian XI as he is still not fully recovered from an injury sustained last season. There have been murmurings that Ryo could return to Feyenoord on loan, where he spent part of the 2010/11 season, but there does appear to be a space for a young winger in the first-team squad following the departure of Andrey Arshavin over the summer.

Who will fill that vacancy remains to be seen, and there is indeed the possibility that it could be neither Campbell or Ryo, but instead 18 year old Serge Gnabry who takes the spot. Gnabry has already made four appearances for the senior side and was largely impressive against Indonesia, and his vast potential further complicates the decision concerning the immediate futures of the other two.

There have been suggestions that Campbell could spent at least part of the season on loan at England, possibly at newly-promoted Premier League side Crystal Palace, who could utilise a player of Campbell’s type following the departure of Wilfried Zaha to Manchester United. Campbell himself is desperate to play for Arsenal, having not pulled on the red and white since his hastily-arranged press conference two years ago in which he, rather prematurely, announced that he had joined the club.

After a long wait, he finally took a step in the right direction last night. Whether he will have to wait even longer for an opportunity to prove himself at Emirates Stadium is at the discretion of Wenger.


  1. There are a number of players who are now in their early 20s and need to be pushing first team places or leave.

    Campbell / Wellington /Galindo / Ryo even Eisfield. Big year for a number of these or cash in

  2. Campbell has been been playing as a central striker for his country in some matches. He was particularly impressive against Mexico in a World Cup qualifier in Mexico City recently, running constantly and doing a very good job in his hold up play. He missed a scoring chance because he hurried his shot too much, but looks much better than he did two years ago.

    Campbell still has a lot of little things to work on (Sanogo is much smoother and more composed in front of goal), but is big, fast and rugged. If he can continue to improve technically, he could be well-suited to the physical English game. I’d like to see him stay at Arsenal awhile to work on the technical side of his game before going out on loan again because I think that would ensure that he would get more playing time once he went on loan.

    I’m glad that he finally got his English work permit. He has lots of potential and still is very young (19, I think). He just needs time to develop some more.

  3. Joel Campbell he should play in the emirate cup then send him onloan 2 crystal palace…as for betis if silva does nt get a work permit send him dia or eisfeld as campbell replacement

  4. Campbell is a very good player, it is better if he is given a time in the Arsenal squard, he should be used as substitute for soft matches for him to rise confidence by playing for the big team like Arsenal. He reminds me of Henry when he was young. He uses two feet as Thiery. Match preperations are enough for making him stronger if he is not included in the first eleven.

  5. Arshavin’s exit leaves a vacume which AW isn’t ready to fill with a new player. If Gervinho also uses the exit door, two (or one) of Campbell, Ryo or Gnabry fills those spots. Whoever misses out gets farmed out on loan.

  6. congratz…..hope v can secure a loan move 2 a premier league side…..hope he shines lyk lukaku did…would lov westbrom 2 take him….
    players hu are/shall b playing in wings -theo,pod,ox,gerv(if he stays)…ryo,serge,cambel fighting 4 a place…..if ryo nd cambel leaves on loan v vil b cing a lot of serge dis season…..can all change if a certain Uruguayan is bought in……!!! 😉

  7. Reblogged this on A word in your shell like and commented:
    I’m actually quite excited about this.
    Since we first signed Campbell I have been hopeful that he actually might make the grade in the red and white.

    I really wouldn’t mind it if we kept him around the club until January and gave him playing time in the cup competitions.

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