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Transfer rumor: Joel Campbell off to Italy

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Just because the English transfer window is closed doesn’t mean the rest of Europe is done doing business. The rest of the continent closes its transfer season on Aug 31 as always, and while English teams cannot buy after August 9, they can sell. And sell Arsenal seems to be doing, with forward Joel Campbell in Italy to take a physical with Serie A Frosinone, a team I had literally never heard of until right now.

Frosinone are returnees to Serie A this season. Founded in 1912, their first ever season in Italy’s top flight was 2015-16, after which they were relegated, spending two seasons in Serie B prior to their return this season. And in their return to Serie A, they’re bolstering their squad a bit.

It seems weird to type the phrase “Arsenal forward Joel Campbell”, since he’s played less than 30 matches for Arsenal since 2011 (!). It took him a couple seasons to get his work permit sorted out, but then once that happened, he was loaned pretty much every season except 2014-15. It’s fair to say he never panned out at Arsenal, but not because he’s terrible - he just faced a ton of competition for places and never quite reached the level that would allow him to win that competition.

So now, seemingly, he’s off to Italy, and hopefully having a team buy him outright rather than just take him on loan will give him the stability that might mean he’ll be able to grow and develop more - he’s still only 26, so he’s got several more prime years ahead of him. Hopefully Italy treats him well and he is able to help Frosinone stay in Serie A.