Joel Campbell is expected to complete his loan move to Sporting Club de Portugal next week after the media in the country reported that he has already arrived in the country and is expected to undergo a medical some time after the weekend.

With Arsenal desperate for a striker it would seem incredibly odd that they would let a productive one leave before they’d managed to secure another, but this is Arsenal, so probably not as odd as it should be.

Speaking to the media ahead of their Premier League game against Leicester, Wenger mentioned Campbell as one of his options up front even though we all know that he was never going to use him unless he had zero other options.

Regardless of the reservations many had about Campbell when he first arrived, and there were many, he has made a lot of people (myself included) eat a lot of our own words with impressive displays that demonstrated passion, pace, an ability to finish and a refusal to shirk the defensive side of the game.

Wenger, however, still remains to be convinced and A Bola now report that a deal has been agreed between Arsenal and Sporting Lisbon, with O Jogo reporting the same (that a deal was struck on Friday) with their source from Costa Rica who also claims there is an option to buy included with a price of €20m mentioned.

I guess we will know later today when the squad is announced for the Leicester City game. If he’s on the bench, then he’s clearly not in Portugal, although that, in itself, tells us nothing much really.

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