Joel Campbell rubbishes Arsenal exit rumours

Joel Campbell showed massive improvement last season at Olympiakos and with Costa Rica at the World Cup, but since his return to Arsenal he has found it very difficult to persuade Arsene Wenger to give him some playing time in the Premier League.

This has led to many rumours that the youngster is unhappy at he Emirates and is desperate to leave in January, even if it is only on yet another loan deal, to get more first team experience on the pitch. This media-led frenzy has now fostered rumours that Benfica and Inter Milan (amongst others) are trying to lure him away from Arsenal.

But the player himself has now finally put those rumours to bed when he put out this official announcement on his own website: “What they have been saying is not true, I’m very calm. I have not been furious. Obviously, yes, I would like to be playing, but that’s something that has to be earned day by day.

“I have to keep training and waiting for the opportunity, I know it’s a very competitive team. Arsenal is one of the best teams in the world where there are many important players.

“I have to be patient, keep training and I know my chance will arrive and I’ll have to take advantage of it when it comes. I’ve learned a lot from Arsene Wenger. He is a coach who has many years in football and with Arsenal. I am learning from him and from my peers every day in training.”

I guess it is about time that Campbell told everyone the facts behind the rumours, but doesn’t this episode just go to show that the media will go to any lengths to criticise Wenger and Arsenal at any opportunity?

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  1. Amith says:

    Off Topic: How would Arsenal pick a current fully fit (Impossible) squad
    Debuchy – Chambers – Kos – Gibbs
    Walcot – Ox – Ozil – Sanchez

    Sub: Schez, Meter, JW, Ramsey, Cambell, Giroud, Arteta

    No choice on DM: Even though Diaby is not a DM, makes better 1st choice than Flamini/Arteta.

  2. SoOpa AeoN says:

    These days, No News from ArsenaL is ever True nor vaLid (untiL we all see it with our eyes or on Live TV)…… Even the said JoeL campbeLL quote above, might have been an act of forgery…… Perhaps there could be another quote from him in January, contradicting this very one stated today….. Smh ….. Wenger pLays poker with his press statements, the media plays poker with our transfer dealings and internal affairs …… Jeez! poker, poker, poker everytime……..where does the truth really Lie?

    1. KickAssFan says:

      Yeah, poker poky Wenger. Keeps poking guys like me and I don’t like it.

  3. KickAssFan says:

    Joel Campbell rubbishes Arsenal exit
    rumours? Sure!!! What do you expect him to say?

    Poor boy…

    1. SoOpa AeoN says:

      @ Kickassfan …….. Its Like he was held at gunpoint and made to say that …….. A.m bro

      1. KickAssFan says:

        Eggzactly, pal!

  4. SoOpa AeoN says:

    @ quantic dream …….. Lets not forget, wenger had been playing beach soccer with skinny bikini clad brazillian Ladies during the worldcup….. He couldn’t have watched campbell play …..A.m bro

  5. kia_SA says:

    Campbell needs game time, I think he’s the business!

  6. Zulu-boy-SA says:

    Campbell and Chamberlain should have been rotated

  7. davidnz says:

    Did we need campbell ?
    We have Walcott Ox
    Gnabry Sanchez Podolski
    Rosicky Ramsey Diaby Wilshere
    Ozil Cazorla Zelalam Giroud
    Sanogo Wellbeck Akpom Afobe
    and more in the academy.
    But he was free is young and has “some” potential.
    But there are no soft games till Boreham Wood in July.
    I think he should be loaned in January to an English side
    in the lower half of the Premier league then reassess in June.

    1. goldfish27 says:

      Hear urself….. Campbell over sanago any day…

  8. Bobshinery1 says:

    Some people are so fond of this Campbell Sanogo things. If you are talking about Campbell, then you talk about Players like, Ox, Podolski, Cazorla, Walcott, Sanchez, Gnabry… If you are talking about Sanogo, you talk about Welbeck, Giroud and Sanchez. Have you seen Campbell play as an out and out striker in club football? All the coaches that manages him in club knows his ability lies on the RW. He only play as a striker in Costa Rica, cos he’s the better player there if you ask me. Sanogo will never play has a winger in Arsenal which means Campbell will never play as a striker for Arsenal.

    You might prefer Loaning Sanogo before loaning Campbell, but loaning Sanogo is like loaning our 3rd or 4th striker and loaning Campbell is like loaning our 6th winger.

    Some might even say, he prefer Campbell has a striker than Sanogo. But have you ever ask yourself why Wenger dont prefer Walcott has a striker than Adebayor and Giroud? I rest my case.

  9. Tope says:

    @bobshinery, expect them to bash you cos you have just raised rational points. I dont what the comparism of sanogo and campbell is all about. Campbell is competing with ox, walcot, carzola, sanchez while sanogo competes with welbeck and giroud. Their hatred for some players will even make them say campbell should play instead of flamini.

  10. Bobshinery1 says:


    That is true… Some will even say, our keeper is out of form, that they prefer Rosicky to be in the team than him.

    People complain that if we buy Reus, Messi and Ronaldo, that Wenger will surely play them as a LB, DM and CB, it makes me wonder that expect injury occur, which player has wenger play out of position except Ozil and Cazorla? And even with both on the pitch, only one player is out of position. And this player practically plays as a winger.

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