Photo: Arsenal’s Joel Campbell makes final appearance for Villarreal

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Arsenal loan star Joel Campbell endured a difficult final game with Villarreal.

Arsenal loan star Joel Campbell ended his Villarreal loan spell on a sour note as his side crashed to a final day 4-0 La Liga defeat at Athletic Bilbao.

The Costa Rica international struggled for games with the Gunners and was restricted to just a handful of substitute appearances in the Premier League and League Cup.

Boss Arsene Wenger made the decision to loan him out during the January transfer window – Campbell’s fourth loan spell in as many seasons.

Joining Villarreal seemed a smart move, as the Yellow Submarines were going strong in the Spanish top-flight, the Copa del Rey and the Europa League.

However, despite showing promise as a striker during Costa Rica’s fabulous World Cup campaign in Brazil, the 22-year-old has largely been placed out wide in a conventional 4-4-2 formation at Villarreal.

He has made a total of 16 La Liga starts at the El Madrigal Stadium, yet with only one goal to his name it’s looking increasingly like a wasted loan spell and a hindrance to his progress.

On Saturday, his time at Valencian outfit came to an end in rather dramatic fashion as his side were swept aside by an Athletic Bilbao side buzzing ahead of their Copa del Rey final showdown with Barcelona.

It signals the conclusion of a rather dismal run of just five wins in their last 18 league matches, a stark contrast from their early season form which for a while had them challenging for a Champions League spot.

Campbell and the Gunners have a tough decision to make this summer, as for a player of such potential he can’t afford another wasted season like the one he has just undergone.

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