OFFICIAL: Joel Campbell joins Sporting on loan

The Costa Rica ace, who scored four goals in all competitions for Arsenal last season, has moved to the Portuguese outfit in a bid to secure more first-team football

Portuguese side Sporting have announced the signing of Arsenal and Costa Rica forward Joel Campbell on a season-long loan deal.

Campbell, who scored four goals in 30 appearances in all competitions for the Gunners in 2015-16, has moved to the Estadio Jose Alvalade in a bid to secure more first-team football.

The 24-year-old joined Arsenal in 2011 from Costa Rican side Deportivo Saprissa and will now embark on his fifth loan spell.

.@joel_campbell12 challenge accepted! Welcome to Sporting CP! #BemvindoCampbell pic.twitter.com/NyA7vIv2aV

— Sporting CP (@Sporting_CP) August 21, 2016

Campbell spent the 2012-13 campaign on loan at Ligue 1 side Lorient, scoring four goals in 27 appearances, before being shipped out to Real Betis the following season.

The San Jose-born attacker enjoyed his most prolific loan spell to date with Olympiacos during the 2013-14 season, scoring 11 goals including a strike against Manchester United in the last 16 of the Champions League.


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Campbell found the back of the net just once in 20 games during a temporary spell at Villarreal in 2014-15, before playing a bit-part role for Arsenal last season.

He joins up with Jorge Jesus’ side ahead of their Primeira Liga match against Porto next weekend.

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