Campbell to spend season with Real Betis

Joel Campbell, Arsenal’s 20-year-old Costa Rican forward, will be sent out on loan again this season to gain more top-flight experience. However, instead of heading back to France, where he spent last year with Lorient, he’ll be moving to sunny Spain to lace up his boots with Real Betis of La Liga’s Primera Division. Even if the Gunners wanted to hang onto Campbell this season it doesn’t seem possible since he’s reportedly been turned down for a British work permit for the second time.

Campbell played reasonably well with Lorient last season and scored four goals in 27 matches and set up another one. He’ll have his hands full this season when playing the likes of Real Madrid and Barcelona. He’s already a star back in Costa Rica where he’s regarded as one of the national team’s top players and thrilled the country last year when he scored against Spain in a 2-2 draw.

With Olivier Giroud and Lukas Podolski coming on board at the Emirates, manager Arsene Wenger wasn’t too concerned that Campbell wasn’t granted a work permit.

It appears that Campbell would probably be warming the bench this season if he was allowed to stay in London and there’s no better place to learn how to play football and gain experience than Spain. At least he’ll get some playing time and will hopefully gain even more confidence in his footballing skills.


From Peterborough, just about 60 minutes from Arsenal's ground. I remember going to Highbury when growing up and after my Uncle's stepson Mark Heeley joined the Gunners from Peterborough when he was just 17 back in the 1970s. Currently cover sports (mainly football, boxing, and ice hockey) for various sites and magazines. Still see most of the games when in Canada. In fact, they get more EPL matches there than in Britain.