Sky: Arsenal’s Joel Campbell close to surprise move to Frosinone

As per a report from Sky Italia (via Football-Italia), Serie A outfit Frosinone are close to securing a deal for out-of-favour Arsenal attacker Joel Campbell.

Campbell’s Arsenal struggles

Campbell, 26, has been on the books of Arsenal since 2011, but, to this point, has only managed 23 Premier League appearances for the Gunners, netting 3 times in the English top-flight in the process.

The central American, who can play on either wing or in a more central role, has spent the vast majority of his senior career out on loan spells away from the Emirates, with Campbell having lined out for the likes of Villarreal, Sporting CP and, most recently, Real Betis over the last few seasons.

And, with the technically-gifted left-footer having been omitted from Unai Emery’s 26-man Premier League squad for this season, Campbell looks set for yet another departure imminently.

Joel Campbell & Ricardo Rodriguez

NIZHNIY NOVGOROD, RUSSIA – JUNE 27: Ricardo Rodriguez of Switzerland in action with Joel Campbell of Costa Rica during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group E match between Switzerland and Costa Rica at Nizhniy Novgorod Stadium on June 27, 2018 in Nizhniy Novgorod, Russia. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

In addition, with the Costa Rican’s contract with Arsenal set to expire next summer, a permanent transfer away from North London before the end of the month now looks more probable than ever.

Speaking in an interview with La Nacion last month, Campbell revealed his opinion that it would be ‘impossible’ for him to head out on another temporary spell away from Arsenal:

‘A loan deal will be impossible, I have only one year of my contract left so they won’t loan me. I now have to see if I stay or if I’m sold.’

‘I do not know, I have to sit down with them and see what happens. At the moment I do not know anything, I have to get there and talk to them.’

Frosinone bound?

And, as per the aforementioned report from Sky Italia this afternoon, Campbell’s next destination could be announced imminently, amid claims that Serie A minnows Frosinone and Arsenal held a fruitful meeting over the attacker last night.

It is even suggested that a deal to send Campbell to the Stadio Benito Stirpe could be completed at some stage today, as Frosinone aim to add further fire-power to their attacking ranks following the club’s return to the top-flight of Italian football.

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