Joel Campbell has admitted that he joined Sporting to become a ‘champion.’
Signing for a year on loan with the Portugal side, Campbell, 24 is happy to have a change of scenery which is not surprising given how little faith Arsene Wenger put him no matter what he did.
“I came to be champion! I will give my best and repay the trust that was placed in me. It is true that I talked with Bryan Ruiz, who spoke highly of the club.
“However, it was the support given by the President and the coach who weighed in my decision,” he told the official Sporting website.
“My only promise is a lot of work. Sacrifice. Deliver 100 percent and I think the results will come for you.
“I know what I can do and I hope everything goes well in Alvalade”.
It could be argued that Arsenal have shipped Campbell off again to make way in the squad for Serge Gnabry, a player who has more than caught the eye this summer at the Olympics, even if he was rather quiet during the final which saw Brazil win on penalties to claim the gold medal. But it still doesn’t hide the fact we now have fewer attacking players than we did when the window opened.
It’s unlikely that we will see Campbell back at the club and with Sporting allegedly getting an option to buy for around €10m in the contract. With manager Jorge Jesus a huge fan of the Costa Rican, this is likely to be farewell for good for Joel and Arsenal.