Joel Campbell is ‘very happy’ to be at Frosinone after agreeing a three-year deal to sign for the Italians.
Frosinone were promoted ahead of this season to Serie A for only the second time in their history.
They reportedly tried to bring in Lucas Perez this summer, but it was clear from his agent’s comments that the Spaniard wanted to remain in London and the Premier League. The Serie A side have now taken advantage of the connections they built up with Arsenal during that negotiation to move for another out-of-favour forward at the club instead.
Unai Emery confirmed last week that Campbell was one of three players ‘with the possibility to leave’ this summer. The other two were Carl Jenkinson, who doesn’t seem close to a move at this stage due to his injury, and David Ospina, who has been heavily linked with a transfer to Besiktas but could now be off to Napoli on loan.
Campbell struggled last season with a number of injuries that restricted his playing time to just 142 minutes with one goal and one assist to his name.
A knee operation last summer kept him sidelined until October. That was followed by a sprained ankle just a couple of weeks later that kept him out even longer. He only returned to action at the start of March after 126 days out.
Campbell has never really complained about being shunted around Europe by Arsenal nor about the lack of opportunities afforded to him by his parent club.
He would be right to think he did enough in the 15/16 season to at least warrant a place on the fringes of the first team. Three goals and three assists in 19 Premier League appearances tell only half the story of a man given, on average, 46 minutes per game.
I don’t think that Joel Campbell is an exceptional player but he is better than he gets credit for and I’m glad he’s finally found a new home.