Photo: Arsenal’s Joel Campbell makes Villarreal debut

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Joel Campbell joined Villarreal on a six-month loan as part of a deal which saw Arsenal sign Gabriel Paulista.

Arsenal striker Joel Campbell made a swift Villarreal debut as he is named in the starting XI to face Getafe in the second-leg of the Copa Del Rey quarter-final clash.

The Costa Rican international joined the La Liga out this week on a six-month loan as part of a deal which saw Arsenal sign Gabriel Paulista, the Gunnersofficial website confirmed.

Campbell featured sparsely for Arsene Wenger’s side this season, struggling to stand out among heavy competition in the attacking ranks at the Emirates stadium.

The 22-year-old is expected to get more game-time at Villarreal and his new boss Marcelino Garcia Toral suggested that he was brought in to play and not fill up the numbers.

“Campbell is in the list, he’s ready to play. He can participate for some minutes or he may even start the match,” Marcelino told AS when quizzed on Campbell’s likely involvement at Getafe.

Well, the Yellow Submarines’ coach certainly wasn’t joking around as rather surprisingly he named Campbell in the XI in place of regular striker Luciano Vietto who in turn dropped to the bench.

The forward spent much of the first-half out on the right wing, using his pace and ability to cause the hosts' defence problems as the Valencian-based outfit seeked an important away goal.

Campbell's apparent lack of match-fitness, however, seemingly caught up with him in the second period as he was replaced by winger Denis Cheryshev just after the hour mark.

But that said, it wasn't a disappointing debut and new teammate Gerard Moreno's goal ten minutes before time sealed a 1-0 win for Villarreal and set up an exciting semi-final showdown with Barcelona.

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