22-year-old Costa Rican International Joel Campbell is a player of whom big things were expected at the Emirates. A striker by trade and brought up within the Arsenal ranks, he was touted as the next big thing to emerge from the London Colney facility after Jack Wilshere. Some outstanding displays for his nation at the world cup last summer had Gooners buzzing with excitement at the prospect of the young striker making it to the first team at Arsenal.
Since then , the youngster has experienced a drastic change in his fortunes. Having failed to break into the Arsenal squad in the first half of the season, Wenger loaned him out to Spanish club Villareal in the hope that he could gather some much needed playing time and experience. However, the player disappointed in his time in Spain and failed to cement a regular spot in the team.
With reports emerging in several Turkish outlets according to The Metro claiming that the striker is close to sealing a move to Turkish Super Lig side Besiktas after agreeing terms with the club, his Arsenal adventure is seemingly at an end.
The Gunners have allegedly accepted an offer in the region of £3.5million from Besiktas , who remain convinced of the player’s abilities despite his lack of playing time at both Villarreal and Arsenal. Having joined the Emirates in 2011 from Deportivo Saprissa, Campbell has shown regular flashes of his ability time and again. The brilliant goal he scored against Manchester United for Olympiakos was sufficient proof that with proper guidance, he can go on to have a successful career.
Having been on the fringes of the first team for three seasons and failing to make a breakthrough has finally convinced Wenger that the striker’s future lies elsewhere.
Besiktas, for their part, are striving to bolster their attacking options this summer, after last season’s top scorer Demba Ba left them to join Chinese side Shanghai Shenhua. An announcement over the deal is expected in the coming days.