Joel Campbell has reportedly rejected the prospect of going out on loan again this season and he is ready to claim his place back in the first team.
The Costa Rica international joined Arsenal from Deportivo Saprissa in 2011, aged 19 and has been farmed out on loan five different times. He couldn’t break in the Gunners first eleven until two seasons ago during which he scored four goals and assisted another six in 30 appearances for them but had to spent last season on loan at Sporting Lisbon.
He has also had loan spells at FC Lorients, Real Betis, Olympiacos and Villarreal. And with Arsene Wenger trying to trim his squad, the 25-year-old has been earmarked for another loan spell away from the club.
Wenger currently has 28 senior players, which is three in excess of what the Premier League required, and among them are 17 non-home grown players.
And as per the Guardian, Campbell doesn’t want to go another loan as he wants to play at the Emirates Stadium this season.
The report says the attacker returned to the club’s Colney training ground this Monday in an attempt to rebuild his fitness after sustaining a knee injury while on international duty earlier in the summer.
Campbell remains contracted to the Arsenal until 2019 but his place in the Gunners first-team is still uncertain with Theo Walcott and others ahead of him in the pecking order.