Joel Campbell left Arsenal in 2018, so how has he done since leaving the club he was once famously told to ‘get out’ of ‘while you still can’?
Joel Campbell never really got a chance at Arsenal under Arsene Wenger and, when he was given one, seemed to do enough to warrant a longer run in the side.
For whatever reason, Wenger, despite signing Campbell, disagreed.
A series of loans saw the Costa Rican exhibit more patience than many other players would have managed but, when Wenger finally left, Campbell was shown the door as well.
A £1.35m move to Frosinone in Italy saw him make only 17 appearances for the Serie B side before he was sent on yet another loan in the January window. This time, Campbell found himself in Mexico with Club Leon FC, where he finally seems to have found a home.
Signing permanently for Club Leon last January, in a deal worth £1.8m, Campbell signed a three-year deal and has made 83 appearances – his most for any of the 10 teams he has represented. Campbell has scored seven and assisted five, so he’s not exactly banging them in in ways that should make Arsenal fans have many regrets. Nor are those stats likely to make the person who shouted “get out while you still can, Joel,” on that train platform feel like they nailed the situation, although that would probably require the ability for self-reflection which I doubt they have.
Campbell is still leading the line for his country after making his debut a decade ago aged just 18. He should pick up his 95th cap on Sunday when Costa Rica play Honduras. He’ll also be hoping to add to his 18 international goals as well.
In all, Campbell played 40 times for Arsenal, scoring four and assisting six in stats that are deceptive. He only ever started 11 league games for Arsenal and who knows what might have happened had he been trusted more in the side.