Joel Campbell is set to return to Arsenal, having flattered to deceive during a frustrating loan experience with Sporting this season.

The 24-year-old winger has scored three goals and created four assists for Jorge Jesus’ side, but has only started two Liga NOS matches in 2017 and has regularly been an unused substitute or not involved altogether.

His statistics from a disappointing season include:

  • 19 chances created
  • 15 key passes
  • 42.86% successful take-ons, 46% shot accuracy
  • 76% pass completion rate
  • Dispossessed on average at least once every match

Stats’ source: Squawka and WhoScored

Campbell (C) in action against Boavista during their fixture in April
Sporting’s Costa Rican forward Joel Campbell (C) vies with Boavista’s midfielder Renato Santos (R) and Boavista’s defender Edu Machado (L) during the Portuguese league football match at the Jose Alvalade stadium in Lisbon on April 8, 2017. (Picture source: Patricia de Melo / AFP / Getty Images)

There was an option to sign the Costa Rican international on a permanent basis but given his lack of consistency, this will not be taken up by the Lions in the summer. Instead, they will be focusing on younger prospects to help progress their development within the first-team.

Brighton have been recently linked with a move for Campbell, who has a year remaining on his current contract deal at the Emirates.

It’s highly unlikely that he’ll feature in Arsene Wenger’s first-team plans for next season, especially given the level of attacking depth within the squad currently as well as his lack of progress since this loan move.

With that in mind, it is possible that a cut-price transfer fee could be negotiated between the two teams if the newly-promoted side’s interest in him is serious.