Arsene Wenger explains decision to send striker out on loan

Arsenal striker Joel Campbell has joined Villarreal on a six-month loan deal.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has explained to reporters that striker Joel Campbell was in need of first-team football and that wasn’t possible at the Emirates Stadium, The Daily Star reports.

The Costa Rican international agreed to join La Liga outfit Villarreal on loan until the end of the season last week as part of a deal which saw Gabriel sign for the Gunners, confirmed.

In many cases it would be deemed strange to allow such a talented player to leave on loan – not least to a side who is challenging at the right end of Spain’s top flight.

However, Campbell saw his opportunities for a regular starting spot limited this season, and Wenger admits that he needs to be playing in order to gain top level experience.

“Joel has extended his contract so he will go to Villarreal and he needed games. Here was a bit obstructed for him because there were too many players in the same position,” The Daily Star quotes the Frenchman as saying,

“After six months, he worked very hard every day and didn’t get enough chances to play, so I wanted to give him a chance to continue to get experience at the top level.”

The 22-year-old striker made his debut for his new club on Thursday as the Yellow Submarine defeated Getafe 1-0 and progressed to the semi-finals of the Copa Del Rey.

The Valencia-based outfit are in action again on Sunday where they take the trip up north to face Catalan giants Barcelona in a much-anticipated La Liga clash at the Nou Camp.

Campbell is likely to feature again, although boss Marcelino Garcia Toral will probably start him on the substitutes' bench and look to utilise his pace later on in the match.

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