Camp­bell signs for Sport­ing on loan

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ARSE­NAL winger Joel Camp­bell has joined Sport­ing Lis­bon on a sea­son-long loan af­ter fail­ing to find a place in Arsene Wenger’s first-team plans.

The 24-year-old was at the club last sea­son af­ter four pre­vi­ous loan deals in four years, and im­pressed in patches, but has not done enough to earn a first-team place.

And he has now joined the Por­tuguese side, who fin­ished se­cond in the top-flight last sea­son, in the hope of fir­ing them back to a first ti­tle since 2002.

The player re­vealed the deal on Twit­ter on Sun­day morn­ing, tweet­ing ‘you should sign Joel Camp­bell!! @Sport­ing_CP’, be­fore the club replied ‘chal­lenge ac­cepted’ with a pic­ture of him in their kit.

Camp­bell scored four times last sea­son in 30 games, start­ing 11 times in the Premier League as Arse­nal fin­ished se­cond be­hind Le­ices­ter.

But the emer­gence of Alex Iwobi, as well as a re­turn to fit­ness for Alex Oxlade-Cham­ber­lain, Theo Wal­cott and Santi Ca­zorla mean his play­ing time was likely to be limited at The Emi­rates.

And the club hope that the Costa Ri­can for­ward will ben­e­fit from an­other loan spell, play­ing Cham­pi­ons League foot­ball and fight­ing for a league ti­tle.

He has pre­vi­ously spent time on loan at Lori­ent, Real Betis, Olympia­cos and Vil­lar­real since join­ing the north London club in 2011.

De­spite an im­pres­sive show­ing for the Gun­ners last sea­son, Wenger is yet to be con­vinced by the Costa Rica in­ter­na­tional and an­other sea­son away from the club could suit all three par­ties.

Camp­bell should play reg­u­lar foot­ball for Sport­ing and he will also be re-united with his na­tional team­mate - former Ful­ham mid­fielder Bryan Ruiz.

The 24-year-old’s de­par­ture could mean that Ger­man star­let Serge Gnabry will now be given the op­por­tu­nity to fight for a first team place in north London af­ter his im­pres­sive show­ing at the Rio Olympics. — Daily Mail

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