Arsenal’s Costa Rican starlet could be playing Premier League football next season

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Could Joel Campbell be given a loan spell in England next season as his work permit issues dissipate.

Last summer Arsenal allowed Costa Rican international forward Joel Campbell embark on yet another loan spell away from the club at Spanish outfit Real Betis.

It came after what Jose Mourinho would probably describe as a ‘so-so’ experience at Lorient the season before but his time in Spain has been far more fruitful.

Campbell had a good season with the Seville outfit; qualifying for the UEFA Europa League in seventh place.

Campbell featured in 33 of the clubs fixtures and proved himself a dangerous player; usually playing wide on the right and cutting in on to his deadly left foot.

After such success last term the Betis manager is keen to keep hold of him for next term. Pepe Mel has good reason to want to bulk up his first team as soon as possible. At the moment the club only has 18 first team regulars one of which is Benat; who is widely expected to join Athletic Bilbao this summer.

But while Campbell was loaned out in part to get first team football the main reason remains his lack of a work permit.

Signed from Saprissa as an 18-year-old in 2011 at the time he had certainly not made enough appearances for his national team to consider him valid for a UK permit.

But he now has 24 caps for his country, which makes up over 75% of Costa Rica’s fixtures in the past two years; while Los Ticos are also in the world’s top 70 according to FIFA.

In short he should have no trouble receiving a Work Permit this summer should Arsenal wish.

And according to As that appears to be the case. 

The Premier League club want Campbell to sample English football next season according to the Spanish paper and a move to Crystal Palace on loan could be the tonic - as they seek a potential alternative to Wilfried Zaha not going back to Selhurst Park on loan.

He is currently away with his country on international duty against Panama and will then feature in the CONCACAF Gold Cup throughout July before his future is decided.

But it appears increasingly likely that a Premier League season may just be in the offing.

Should Arsenal send him back to Betis or keep him in England next summer?

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