North London club Arsenal have confirmed, on their website, the transfer of attacker Joel Campbell to Sporting Lisbon on a season-long loan.
Campbell moved to Arsenal in 2011 and was sent on loan to three different countries where he featured for Lorient, Real Betis and Olympiakos respectively. The Costa Rica international also lined up for Villareal in 2015, as he was sent on loan to the Spanish La Liga once again. The Costa Rica international made thirty appearances and scored four goals in the process, but Arsene Wenger had other plans.
The 24-year old has so far looked surplus to requirements at the Emirates as he was not included in the squad that lost to Liverpool in Arsenal’s opening Premier League defeat. The presence of Alexis Sanchez, Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has kept Campbell on the peripheral at Arsenal.
Benfica boss is a known huge admirer of Campbell and that could mean ample game time for the left-footed winger, with Champions League football also available. The presence of camptriot Brian Ruiz at Benfica will also help Campbell settle well in Portugal.
Should all go well for Campbell, it could mean an Arsenal future for him or a permanent move to Benfica.