Arsenal forward Joel Campbell has joined Sporting on a season-long-loan, following confirmation made by both clubs this afternoon.

Campbell, who hasn’t featured in any of Arsenal’s matchday squads in the Premier League this season, arrived in Lisbon over the weekend to complete the deal, with there being no indication as of yet of a buy-option.

Sporting’s reported interest in Campbell, who can also play as a winger, dates back to the 2014 season, with current boss Jorge Jesus, then manager of rivals Benfica, also being associated with a move for the Arsenal man.

In that time, the Costa Rica international has found his path to the Arsenal first team blocked by the likes of Alexis Sánchez, Alex Iwobi, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Theo Walcott.

Having joined the Gunners back in the summer of 2011 from Saprissa, Campbell was forced to spend three consecutive seasons out on loan to Lorient, Olympiacos and Real Betis, due to work permit issues.

His return to north London was intersected by another loan spell, this time with Villarreal in La Liga during the 2014/15 season, making his most recent adventure with Sporting his fifth loan move since signing for Arsenal.

Campbell did, however, play 30 times for Arsène Wenger’s side last season, as he scored four times in the 2015/16 season.

Written by Patrick Ribeiro

Freelance journalist. @P_SRibeiro

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