Joel Campbell has finally started a few games for Arsenal, and he’s not ready for that to end just yet.
The Costa Rican scored in the 3-0 Premier League defeat of Swansea City before starting in games against Bayern Munich and Spurs, and is now ready to keep battling for his place despite the impending returns of Aaron Ramsey, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Theo Walcott.
“I’m an Arsenal player and I’m very happy here,” Campbell said. “I’m fighting to achieve my aims and hope to stay here for a long time.
“We have lots of very good players here and I’m trying to take advantage of my opportunity, I’m just focusing on playing and performing as well as possible.”
With Jack Wilshere and Danny Welbeck also ahead of him in the pecking order when fit, you have to wonder how long Campbell’s resolve will last should he find himself out of the squad once again.
According to Fanatik (per Turkish Football), Turkish giants Galatsaray will look to sign the 23-year-old when the transfer window reopens in January. Arsenal sold Lukas Podolski to the club in the summer, so could Campbell tread the same path?
Various sources say Campbell’s deal at Arsenal will expire at the end of the season, so a move must be on his mind. The club must also be looking into the possibility of moving him on, especially if players can return and prove their fitness before the window closes.
Though he has featured more recently, Campbell will find himself a long way from the first team squad if more players are fit. With Ramsey, Walcott and Oxlade-Chamberlain to return in the near future, his days at Arsenal seem to be numbered whether he leaves in January or waits until the summer to go.