Costa Rican starlet Joel Campbell has confirmed that he is set to sign on loan with La Liga outfit Real Betis for the 2012/13 season after having another work permit application denied.
The 20-year-old had been hoping to join up with the rest of the Arsenal squad this summer, after impressing during his previous loan with FC Lorient last year.
However Campbell revealed his move to “the best league in the world” through his official Twitter account (@joel_campbell12) on Monday afternoon.
This second season-long loan for Campbell represents another chance for the young striker to continue his footballing education, and after four goals and one assist in his previous campaign, he will surely be eager to show his worth against the likes of Barcelona, Real Madrid et al.
Already a starter for his national country, Campbell is regarded as one of the brightest young forwards in today’s game and has even done something only one team at the European Championships could do, score against Spain.
After signing Montpellier striker Olivier Giroud last week, Arsene Wenger won’t worry too much about Campbell having his work permit application denied.
But with the future of a certain Dutch striker still in doubt, it remains to be seen exactly how Arsenal’s front line will look come 18th August against Sunderland.
However, one thing that is certain is that it will be a curious couple of months for lovers of the red and white as the transfer window gets into full swing.