Arsenal loanee starlet scores first goal of Greek adventure

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Joel Campbell scored his first goal on loan at Olympiakos yesterday.

As a number of Arsenal’s young and fringe players took on West Brom in the Capital One Cup yesterday, another Arsenal player who would fit both categories was also in cup action - but in Greece.

Arsenal sent Costa Rican forward Joel Campbell out to perennial Greek powerhouse Olympiakos this season - after a similarly effective deal with Real Betis last term.

The 21-year-old was supposed to return to Betis this summer - but a disagreement on how much the Seville-based club would pay for his services left Arsenal cold, who then renegotiated with the Greek champions.

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Yesterday Olympiakos were in action in the Greek Cup against Greek second tier outfit Fokikos (don’t snigger) who have a striker called Randy (stop it) and the home side were fully expected to win the game comfortably - which they did, 5-1.

And it was Campbell who got the ball rolling, scoring in the fourth minute - a goal that was his first for his current club. He scrambled the ball home after a six-yard box melee, in what was admittedly probably not the best goal he has ever scored - but they all count don’t they?

Campbell started the season in the club's starting line-up, but has more recently found himself on the bench - so a goal will hopefully help him push on and claim back a spot in the starting XI.

But at least he is off the mark.

Here is the goal below, and be warned, it is not pretty defending:

image: © wonker

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