Exciting Costa Rica forward Joel Campbell will spend the 2013/14 season on loan at Greek side Olympiacos.
The pacy attacker, who can operate in central or wide positions, has gained a wealth of experience since joining the Gunners from Deportivo Saprissa, from his home country, in August 2011.
Joel Campbell Profile
June 26, 1992
||Lorient (loan), Deportivo Saprissa, Puntarenas (loan)
Shortly after his transfer was confirmed, he signed for Ligue 1 side Lorient on a season-long loan, impressing during his year in France and scoring three goals – including a winner against eventual champions Montpellier.
Last season, he enjoyed another loan stint – this time in Spain’s top flight, with Real Betis. He scored twice for the Seville-based side and impressed with a series of lively performances.
Joel is a full international for Costa Rica and has enjoyed considerable success at that level, his achievements including a superb goal that secured a 2-2 draw with Spain in November 2011. He also scored the winner in a friendly in Wales the following year, while he netted once in the 2011 Copa America and twice in the 2014 World Cup qualifiers. Joel also excelled at under-17 and under-20 levels, bringing him to the attention of a number of top clubs before his move to north London.
Joel's first appearance for Olympiacos came in the narrow opening day win at Kalloni, He played a full 90 minutes in the win at home to Atromitos before completing just under an hour in the thrashing of Levadiakos as the Greek champions ended the month with a 100 per cent record.
Joel made five appearances for Olympiakos in September as the Greek side continued their strong start to their Super League campaign.
Joel joined La Liga side Real Betis on loan until the end of the season.
Joel made his Real Betis debut as a second-half substitute in their 2-1 home defeat to Rayo Vallecano.
Joel was sent off in Real Betis' defeat to Atletico Madrid. After being introduced as a second-half substitute, he was shown two yellow cards in the space of just 19 minutes. It was his only appearance of the month.
Joel has featured on a regular basis to help Real Betis’ impressive start to the season.
Joel was on target as Costa Rica drew with Bolivia in a friendly. He also made two starts for high-flying Real Betis in the Primera Division.
Joel enjoyed a successful December, making five appearances for Real Betis and scoring the winner in their game against Deportivo La Coruna.
Joel continued to start regularly for Real Betis, and opened the scoring in a 2-0 win over Levante.
Joel was a consistent starter for Real Betis over the course of the month.
Joel Campbell played his part as Real Betis maintained their push for a European place in March.
Joel featured regularly for Real Betis as they continued to hunt a top-six finish in La Liga.
Joel made three appearances for Real Betis in May as Pepe Mel's side continued to hunt a Europa League place in La Liga.
Joel joined the Club from Deportivo Saprissa.
Joel joined French Ligue 1 outfit Lorient. He featured four times during the month.
Joel forced his way into the Lorient first team, finding the net in both the Ligue 1 victory over Valenciennes and the team's cup win over Montpellier.
Joel continued his development on loan at Ligue 1 side Lorient. The 19-year-old featured from the start and off the bench in three league fixtures and scored against Spain in a friendly match for Costa Rica.
Joel continued to play his part for Lorient, featuring in crucial Ligue 1 matches against Lyon, Montpellier and Marseille.
Joel featured twice for loan club Lorient during the month, and scored during their 2-2 draw at Nancy.
Joel came off the bench twice for Lorient as they drew with Auxerre and then lost to Valenciennes.
Joel struggled to break into the Lorient first team in March and instead made three appearances for Lorient's B team in the CFA.
Joel retained his place in the Lorient side, scoring in the Ligue 1 outfit's 2-1 win over leaders Montpellier. He also featured in matches against Lyon and Marseille.
Joel returned to Lorient's first-team set-up with appearances against Bordeaux, Dijon, Caens and PSG as the Ligue 1 outfit narrowly avoided relegation.