And so ends Joel Campbell’s time at Arsenal. The Costa Rican is on his way to Italy, joining newly promoted Serie A side Frosinone on a three-year contract. In his seven years with the Gunners, Campbell only managed 40 first-team appearances. He spent most of his time out on loan, doing spells at Lorient, Olympiakos, Villarreal, Sporting Lisbon, and Real Betis (twice).
Signed by the Gunners in 2011, Campbell was unable to obtain a work permit until 2013 and did not make his Arsenal debut until 2014. In the 2015-16 season, helped by injuries to Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Campbell made 19 Premier League appearances and scored his only three goals for the club.
Campbell is the latest addition to the roster / wage bill trimming list. He joins David Ospina (loan to Napoli), Lucas Perez (West Ham), Chuba Akpom (PAOK), and Jack Wilshere (free to West Ham) who’ve all also left the club this window.
Hopefully, a permanent move allows the still relatively young Campbell (26) to realize the potential that never really came good at Arsenal. Best of luck!
Now if only that newly created wage space could be put to good use...**cough cough Aaron Ramsey cough cough**