Joel Campbell's agent: He won't be happy on the Arsenal bench

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Will Joel Campbell stay at Arsenal or go?

With Arsenal in need of striking reinforcements, it does seem somewhat farcical they have talented goalscorer Joel Campbell out on loan at Champions League side Olympiakos.

The Costa Rican was granted a work permit last summer yet was still loaned out after two seasons in Lorient and then Real Betis.

He has been a huge success at Olympiakos to date, scoring nine goals and providing 10 assists.

The 21-year-old has played predominantly as a right-winger, but can also feature up front, and with the side losing Theo Walcott via injury, and using Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in the centre, Campbell would have been a useful player to have at their disposal.

Olympiakos are keen on signing him permanently next season, and already there are noises from the player's camp that he is happy to stay in Greece.

His agent has been speaking out, stating the player does not want to return to Arsenal to sit on the bench.

Joaquim Batica told reporters: "His future at the moment is a matter between the two clubs.

"It was difficult for Joel to arrive at a top club like Arsenal, from the beginning, but now he is happy in Greece.

"If he would return to London? He would not be happy sitting on the bench, even at a big club."

You only have to look at Ryo Miyaichi to see how a talented player who has enjoyed positive loan spell, as he did at Feyenoord, can stall upon his return to Arsenal if he does not get regular game time.

Campbell was bought as a long term investment by The Gunners, and has a chance to showcase what he can do when Costa Rica face England at the World Cup.

To sell him without him even playing a friendly game in an Arsenal shirt would be premature, and the Gunners would do well to convince him his future does indeed lie at the Emirates.


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