Joel Campbell joined Arsenal from Saprissa in the summer of 2011, but so far he has yet to make a single competitive first-team appearance for the Gunners.
Having initially failed to obtain a work permit to play in England, the Costa Rica international has featured on loan for three different clubs in the past three seasons.
Now 22 and having obtained the rights to feature in the Premier League, the striker is set to become a first-team member of the Arsenal squad.
The North London club's manager Arsene Wenger himself said so during a press conference on Friday, stating: 'Yes, he [Campbell] is part of my plans. He might play tomorrow against Benfica (in the Emirates Cup)’.
Campbell had a good 2014 World Cup campaign and was an important figure in Costa Rica’s march to the quarter-finals, but reports persisted that Wenger is not convinced that he is ready for the Premier League and wants to send him out on loan again.
If the French boss’s latest comments about the future of the youngster are not enough, then Galatasaray president Unal Aysal’s revelation of what Wenger thinks of Campbell should be.
‘Yes, I want him for our team’, Goal.com quotes him as saying. ‘But Arsene Wenger wants to keep him in the squad this season and benefit from him. Nothing's happening at the moment. Wenger won't allow this transfer’.
Campbell enjoyed a successful season with Olympiakos on loan during the 2013-14 campaign, and his displays in Brazil this summer attested his ability to make the first team for Arsenal this season.
Of course, the 22-year-old is not the finished article yet; he needs to improve, develop and continue to learn, but Wenger is willing to offer the opportunity to the youngster to prove himself in the English top flight, despite interest in the striker from 2013 Emirates Cup and 2000 UEFA Cup winners Galatasaray.
It is now up to Campbell to take the chances that will be offered to him.
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