Joel Campbell was getting a lot of Arsenal love this week after the former Gunner showed off some silky skills.
While I can’t agree with the ‘better than Pepe’ sentiment that many Arsenal fans expressed after seeing Joel Campbell beat players not once but twice with a lovely spin, these sorts of glimpses of talent are what made so many hope Campbell could make it at Arsenal
Watch this whole sequence from Joel Campbell 😯🔥
— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) September 23, 2021
Joel Campbell, once told by a few Arsenal fans to ‘get out while you still can’ to save his career, signed for Club de Fútbol Monterrey in Mexico during the summer.
Two summers ago, Campbell left Europe to sign for Leon in Mexico on loan before his move was made permanent at the start of 2020. Leon paid £1.8m for him.
18 months later, the former Arsenal forward, who never really got a fair shake in London, was on the move again.
Campbell became a Rayados player in July on loan for the season.
Campbell made 83 appearances for Leon over the past two seasons, more than he’s made for any other side. He scored seven and assisted five and currently has two years left on his deal.
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.
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.