Arsenal youngster Joel Campbell will let Arsene Wenger decide his future after his loan spell with Real Betis ends.
The 20-year-old striker joined the La Liga club on a season-long loan after his application for a work permit fell through once again.
The Costa Rica international has netted two goals in 20 appearances in all competitions for Betis and is enjoying life in Spain thus far and hopes to progress with each game that passes.
He told Spanish paper Diario de Sevilla:
‘Being in a country like Spain and to play in this league means a lot. I want to keep playing well to keep progressing as a player.
‘I will concentrate until June and see what will happen after. I’ll give everything on the pitch until June, until we reach that date, to see what happens with me.’
Campbell went on to say:
‘Arsenal are in charge of my career and I am longing to play with them, but I’m very comfortable here and I play for Betis wholeheartedly.
‘I’m trying to give my all for Betis because they opened the doors for me. We can go ahead and we believe make Europe.’
So what does the future hold for Campbell after he returns to Arsenal at the end of the season?
Well this fully depends on whether or not he is granted a work permit or not. If he is successful then he could well feature for the first-team next season, in the minor competitions.
But I think, regardless of whether or not he attains a work permit, Campbell should be loaned out again.
He has great potential and a bright future ahead of him, but is there any point of him sitting on the bench or playing reserve team football next season when he can ply his trade abroad?
He was shipped out to Lorient last season and earned rave reviews for his performances for the French club. He has gone to Betis and although his goal to game ratio doesn’t make for good reading, Campbell has showcased what he is capable of and has helped the Spanish club progress with his displays and form.
It would be great to see him play for us next season, but how many games would he actually play?
I just hope Campbell is a patient guy and respects Wenger’s decision, whatever it may be.
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