World Cup sensation wants Arsenal exit after playing just 37 minutes - report

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Arsenal forward Joel Campbell wants to leave the club having barely featured this season.

Joel Campbell is reportedly looking to leave Arsenal in the January transfer window, according to the Daily Mirror's report on Wednesday night.

The forward joined Arsenal back in 2011 after impressing with Costa Rica at the Copa America championships, where he was the star of the show for a young Costa Rica side.

Having failed to gain a work permit, Campbell was subsequently loaned out to Lorient, Real Betis and Olympiacos in successive seasons, before finally returning to North London this summer.

Campbell, 22, became a star over the summer with a number of fine displays for Costa Rica as they defied the odds to reach the World Cup quarter finals.

Yet that hasn't been enough to get him a regular place in the Arsenal team, as Campbell has played just 37 minutes in the Premier League this season. 

The likes of Alexis Sanchez, Santi Cazorla, Lukas Podolski, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Theo Walcott are all ahead of him in the pecking order, and given his limited playing time, it's no surprise that Campbell is reportedly unhappy.

With ten goals in 38 games for Costa Rica and 11 in 43 during that loan spell with Olympiacos, Campbell has shown that he can contribute either as a winger or even as a centre forward, and whilst it seems the Gunners aren't that enamoured with him, somebody else will be.

After impressing for Costa Rica in Brazil, the likes of AC Milan and Galatasaray were linked with moves to sign the youngster, but Arsenal seemingly wanted to keep him.

That makes his repeated absence that much more confusing, but as is often the case with young players, Arsenal have to either use him or lose him - and in this case, it seems it could be the latter as Campbell seeks to make his escape from North London in January.

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