Another La Liga club keen on Arsenal's Joel Campbell - report

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Villarreal are said to have joined La Liga rivals Real Sociedad in the hunt to sign Arsenal striker Joel Campbell on loan.

Villarreal are keen on bringing in Arsenal striker Joel Campbell on a six-month loan, according to reports in Spain.

Signed from hometown club Saprissa in August 2011, Campbell, 22, was expected to be given a regular role at Arsenal this season following his impressive showing at the World Cup, but the Costa Rican has so far found his first-team opportunities limited.

Still to start a Premier League game, he has continued to be linked with a short-term move since the start of the campaign and a host of clubs from both England and abroad are reported to be courting his signature.

Real Sociedad are said to be among the potential suitors but, according to Marca, fellow La Liga outfit Villarreal are also are eager to reach an agreement with the Gunners for the remainder of the campaign.

Campbell has previous experience in Spanish football, having spent a season-long loan at Real Betis during the 2012-13 campaign, where he recorded just two goals in 33 total appearances.

Wenger remains a keen admirer of his promising front man's abilities, and is even said to be looking to hand him a new deal at the club, but the Frenchman is still open to offering him the chance of regular minutes elsewhere for the moment.

Nevertheless, Campbell himself has been vocal about wanting to remain at the Emirates Stadium to fight for his place, telling the Costa Rican press after starting in the third-round FA Cup tie against Hull: “I just dedicate myself to train, right now I am at Arsenal and I focus on this.

“Only God knows the future and I just leave that to him. I’m working hard every day, today [Sunday] I got the chance and now I must continue working to give me another chance.”

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