Joel Campbell will return to Arsenal in the summer


Costa Rican winger Joel Campbell has confirmed that he will link up with Arsenal once his loan spell with Sporting expires in the summer.

The attacker has struggled to cement a regular role with the Primeira outfit of late despite making a strong start to his temporary stint in Lisbon.

Campbell, still 24, opted to join to Sporting at the start of the campaign after manager Arsene Wenger admitted that he would only play a bit-part role at the Emirates.

He followed to net an admirable tally of four goals in his opening 10 outings for Sporting after which he has gone off the boil with none from his last 11 appearances – most of which have come from the substitutes’ bench.

Speaking to A Bola, the winger revealed that he would be returning to his London employers in the summer as he has no buy-out clause placed on his loan contract.

“There is no purchase option,” he told A Bola. “I have to fulfill my loan to Sporting in the best way and then return to Arsenal.”

He also wished to have featured more for the Portuguese outfit, but he is still hopeful he can leave him an impression during the final months of the campaign.

“I have given the best of myself, sometimes I play, other times not, but that’s football,” he added. “But I hope I can play again when I return (from international duty).”

Campbell, who joined the Gunners from Saprissa in the summer of 2011, had to wait until the 2014-15 campaign for his first-team debut owing to delay in attaining a UK working visa

In spite of playing backup to the likes of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Theo Walcott and Alex Iwobi last term, he managed to appear in 30 outings for Arsenal, netting four goals in the process.