Joel Campbell made his league debut for Villarreal on Saturday.

The Costa Rican forward, who is on loan with the Spanish side until the end of the season, was involved in a  number of moves for his new side, many of which almost resulted in a goal and he has every reason to be happy with how things went as Villarreal won the game against Granada 2-0.

Joel Campbell plays for Villarreal against Granada
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Speaking to Diario Marca after the game, Campbell said

“This game I found much better, I was much more participatory and therefore had better feelings.

“It was a great experience to debut in league with a team like Villarreal and do it with a win.

“I’m in the process of adaptation, I’m picking up the pace gradually and every day I’m better.”

“[my main aim is to] improve and make things even better.

“I must work every day to keep improving and growing, and I’m confident I can help the team at this time.

“The team is still immersed in the struggle for the spaces above and this win helps

“So I’m happy. We have options to do important things and that is a great motivation.

Signing a new Arsenal deal before leaving the club for yet another loan spell, it’s not clear what Arsene Wenger plans to do with the forward when the loan spell is over.

The cynic in me thinks that the new deal was nothing more than Arsenal ensuring that they can get a decent transfer fee for Campbell when they sell him in the summer given that he would have only had one year left on his current deal.

With Alexis Sanchez, Theo Walcott, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Danny Welbeck, Oliver Giroud and, lest we forget, Yaya Sanogo as well as Chuba Akpom, who has also signed a new deal, it is impossible to see where Campbell fits in this side.

The player also knows that he is good enough to be a starter at any one of a number of top European clubs so it’s unlikely that he will agree to return to the club to be nothing more than a bit-part player.

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