Joel Campbell has confirmed that he will be returning to Arsenal at the end of the season when his loan spell at Sporting is up.

Speaking to A Bola, the forward confirmed that he would be returning to north London this summer.

“There’s no buying option,” he said.

“I have to fulfill my loan at Sporting in the best way and then return to Arsenal.”

Since joining Sporting on loan at the beginning of the season, Campbell has only managed 15 Liga Nos appearances and while he’s scored three goals and assisted four, he’s struggled to really cement himself in Jorge Jesus’ side.

“I have given the best of myself, sometimes I play, other times not, but that’s football,” the forward added. “But I hope I can play again when I return.”

Just recently, the 24-year-old insisted that he was motivated and happy to play for Costa Rica during the upcoming international break, despite his poor form and bad attitude.

“Thank God for one more call,” Joel said on his own website. “It is always a blessing and a pride to represent the country. Happy and motivated for what is coming, now to give everything to take the six points away from home.

“I arrived well, motivated and happy. I hope I can contribute to the selection. We have a hard time and we rely on our individual and group capacities to win the victory in both games.

“They will be tough matches, they will be at home, with their people but we focus on ours. Let’s give everything to Mexico and Honduras.”

Campbell’s Arsenal contract runs out in 2018, the same as Jack Wilshere, Aaron Ramsey, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Kieran Gibbs, Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez. However, for whatever reason, the Costa Rica international has only made 23 Premier League appearances since 2011 and has been sent out on loan five times. It’s hard to see how he fits into Arsene Wenger’s plans. Therefore, his future with the Gunners seems doubtful.

You can read more about Campbell’s loan spell at Sporting here.

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