Betis representatives to travel to London to talk Joel Campbell and more transfers

The future of Arsenal loanee Joel Campbell is up for discussion next week.

Arsenal youngster Joel Campbell is described as one of the most talented players ever to come out of Costa Rica, and earlier this year he was earmarked by Spanish newspaper Marca as one of seven La Liga players 'destined for greatness.'

Work permit issues have led to Campbell being loaned out since signing with Arsenal, first to Lorient in Ligue One and most recently to Betis, where he has been impressing in Spain.

20-year-old Campbell has made 17 starts in La Liga for Betis this season, and while his goal tally of just two is not especially headline-grabbing, it is because he has been utilised in a similar way to Danny Welbeck at Manchester United, played outside on the wing to support a central striker.

His versatility has seen him play on both the left and right hand side of attack for Betis, and the Spaniards are clearly impressed with his progress.

So taken with him, that the Spanish club are planning to send representatives to London next week to discuss Campbell's future with Arsenal.

Betis want to take Campbell on loan for another season, and want to take their relationship with Arsenal a step further.

Spanish newspaper report that Betis are sending their senior staff to London to talk with Arsenal, desiring to extend his loan by an extra season.

They also claim they want to strike up a structured working relationship with Arsenal, which would see the Spanish side take more young players from the Gunners on loan who do not fit into Wenger's immediate plans, under the selling point that Campbell has developed well at the club and more young stars can benefit in the same fashion.

Arsenal fans will likely be split on the option of loaning Campbell. If work permit rules allow him to stay, there is a strong case for keeping him at the Emirates, so he can finally integrate himself with the club and his teammates.

His versatility and ability to play wide fits into Arsenal's system, and would afford him more first team opportunities. By contrast, he would receive more starts at Betis, and if Arsenal could be patient enough to say 'one more year' then a season later they would be welcoming back an even better and more prepared player.

Arsenal fans, what should the club do with Campbell next season?


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