The situation concerning Costa Rican Joel Campbell has been a long drawn out process with the striker expected to have left the club earlier in the window.
The striker had been linked with a loan switch to Palermo earlier in the summer but after talks broke down, the club returned with an offer involving a permanent transfer. However, with the Costa Rican still on Arsenals books, the transfer appears to have broken down.
Italian paper, Gazzetta dello Sport now claim that Lazio are interested in the services of the North American who is capable of playing as a striker or on the wings but the aforementioned source indicate that the Serie A club see him as a solution upfront. Lazio are in a striker crisis with senior strikers; Moroslav Klose and Djordjevic both currently sidelined with injury.
In contradictory news, the 23-year old who resumed pre- season training late revealed that he is still dedicated to the Gunners cause and stating, ” my mind is on Arsenal” , appears reluctant to leave the North Londoners but with Oliver Giroud, Theo Walcott, Alexis Sanchez and Danny Welbeck ahead of him in the pecking order, it would be best for his career if he considered leaving to a club that would guarantee regular first team football.
Joel Campbell joined Arsenal in 2011 but failed to secure a work permit until 2013. After his work permit situation was sorted out, the Costa Rican has since failed to feature regularly for the club appearing just 4 times without a scoring a goal.