Arsenal’s Joel Campbell speaks out on impending Villarreal move

Villarreal have signed Joel Campbell on loan until the end of the season as part of Gabriel Paulista’s move to Arsenal.

Arsenal striker Joel Campbell has spoken of his delight at his impending loan to Villarreal until the end of the season, Spanish paper AS confirm.

The Costa Rica international will join up with the Yellow Submarines as part of a deal which will see Gabriel Paulista move to the Gunners on a permanent basis, the BBC report.

It has been a bit of a rollercoaster for Campbell since signing for the North Londoners in 2011 and his move to Villarreal will be his fourth loan spell in as many seasons.

However, the young striker is accustomed to being on the move and his experience of La Liga makes it an exciting new phase in his career.

“This opportunity means a lot. I’m very happy for this new opportunity, I hope to sign the contact tomorrow, it is a good team in a good league,” he was quoted as saying by AS.

“I come to a good team that is well positioned in the table. They have a good style of play, similar to what I’m used to, so hopefully I can adapt well and show them what I can do.”

The 22-year-old has been a victim of an influx of new talent and the ensuing heavy competition for places in the attacking ranks at the Emirates this season.

Despite his evident talent, he has been restricted to just four substitute appearances in the Premier League and a couple of contributions in the cup.

He will be the third Arsenal striker to leave the club on loan this month, with Lukas Podolski moving to Inter Milan and Yaya Sanogo signing with fellow Premier League side Crystal Palace until the summer.

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