Joel Campbell
Joel Campbell

Joel Campbell

Tricky forward Joel made 10 appearances for Arsenal last season before spending the second half of the campaign on loan at Villarreal.

That was his fourth loan spell since signing for the Gunners from hometown club Deportivo Saprissa in the summer of 2011 – he had also spent time in France, Spain and Greece as he gained valuable experience of European football.

Joel Campbell Profile

Born June 26, 1992
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 28
Previous Club(s) Olympiacos (loan), Lorient (loan), Deportivo Saprissa, Puntarenas (loan), Villarreal (loan)

His substitute appearance in the 2014 Community Shield victory over Manchester City marked his competitive Arsenal debut, although Joel had shone at the Emirates Cup a week prior to that, guiding home a volley in the 5-1 win over Benfica.

An accomplished winger on either flank, he spent his first season as an Arsenal player on loan at Lorient, where he scored four times. Another short-term move away from Arsenal followed in 2012/13, when he joined La Liga side Real Betis.

His most successful move, however, was to Olympiacos, where he won the Greek championship during a season-long loan in 2013/14. He scored 11 goals, including a fine Champions League curler against Manchester United.

Joel is the first Costa Rican to play for Arsenal and has made more than 50 appearances for his country. He played at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, equalising in an eventual 3-1 group-stage win against Uruguay and converting a penalty in the last-16 win over Greece, as Costa Rica reached the quarter-finals of the tournament.

Joel also featured at the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup, where Costa Rica were again knocked out at the last-eight stage.

Joel Campbell's Arsenal Career

  Prem Lge Europe FA Cup Lge Cup C. Shield Total
Season Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
2014-2015 0 + 4 0 1 + 2 0 1 0 1 0 0 + 1 0 3 + 7 0
2015-2016 11 + 7 3 3 + 2 0 5 1 2 0 0 0 21 + 9 4
Total 11 + 11 3 4 + 4 0 6 1 3 0 0 + 1 0 24 + 16 4

My Year

  • 2015/16
  • 2014/15
  • 2013/14
  • 2012/13
  • 2011/12

July

Joel did not feature in July.

August

Joel did not feature in August but was an unused substitute in Arsenal’s 1-0 win at Newcastle United.

September

Joel played three times in September, starting the win at Tottenham Hotspur and featuring as a substitute against Dinamo Zagreb and Olympiacos in the Champions League.

October

Joel played twice during October. The forward scored his first Arsenal goal in the 3-0 win against Swansea City. “I’m very happy. I had to wait for this moment and now we have to keep working to strengthen our team.”

November

Joel played five times during the month. The winger claimed an assist for Alexis’ second goal against Dinamo Zagreb, while also featuring in the games with Bayern Munich, Tottenham, West Brom and Norwich City. Speaking after the north London derby, the Costa Rican international said: “I’m trying to take advantage of my opportunity but I know that what happens next is up to the manager. As I’ve said, I’m just focusing on playing and performing as well as possible and the rest is up to him.”

December

Joel featured six times during December and claimed a goal against Sunderland as well as an assist against Olympiacos. Arsene Wenger was impressed by the forward's form, saying: “He works really hard. He is not only a player who shows talent but he is a guy who puts a shift in for the team.”

January

Joel played five times during January and claimed a goal against Sunderland. The winger also assisted Aaron Ramsey’s strike against Liverpool.

March

Joel played four times in March, and scored a goal against Swansea City. The forward also claimed an assist in the 4-0 win against Hull City in the FA Cup.

August

Joel returned to the club in August having spent three years abroad on loan. The Costa Rican forward scored his first goal in Arsenal colours with a well-taken volley against Benfica in the Emirates Cup and made his Premier League debut as a late substitute against Everton. "The Premier League is different to the leagues I've played in," he said. "It’s a very physical competition where the ball goes very quickly from one box to the other, but at the same time I am part of a team that puts a passing game into practice. Arsenal have great players and the kind of football we play suits my style. "I'm at a very competitive club with many top-class players in the squad. You have to work really hard even to stay on the bench, let alone to get a spot in the line up."

September

Joel played 71 minutes of Arsenal’s Capital One Cup defeat against Southampton and was also an unused substitute against Borussia Dortmund. Joel said: “Even though I still have several aspects to improve, I think I am heading in the right direction. Right now I feel great and ready."

October

Joel came on against Hull City and Anderlecht in October and made a difference in both games. Trailing in each instance, Joel’s directness, speed and power forced the opposition into mistakes and eventually enabled the Gunners to salvage points from losing positions.

November

Joel was a regular in Arsenal’s matchday squad throughout November and came off the bench on three occasions.

December

Joel completed 90 minutes in Arsenal’s 4-1 win at Galatasaray and featured twice more off the bench in December. Speaking at the end of the month, the Costa Rica forward said: “I’m getting better and maturing every day, and I think that’s only going to continue in the future. Now I’d like to earn myself a spot in the starting 11 at Arsenal and continue working hard to improve as a player.”

January

Joel Campbell featured once in January, playing the full 90 minutes of Arsenal’s FA Cup third-round victory against Hull City.

August

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.

September

Joel made five appearances for Olympiakos in September as the Greek side continued their strong start to their Super League campaign.

July

Joel joined La Liga side Real Betis on loan until the end of the season.

August

Joel made his Real Betis debut as a second-half substitute in their 2-1 home defeat to Rayo Vallecano.

September

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.

October

Joel has featured on a regular basis to help Real Betis’ impressive start to the season.

November

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.

December

Joel enjoyed a successful December, making five appearances for Real Betis and scoring the winner in their game against Deportivo La Coruna.

January

Joel continued to start regularly for Real Betis, and opened the scoring in a 2-0 win over Levante.

March

Joel Campbell played his part as Real Betis maintained their push for a European place in March.

April

Joel featured regularly for Real Betis as they continued to hunt a top-six finish in La Liga.

May

Joel made three appearances for Real Betis in May as Pepe Mel's side continued to hunt a Europa League place in La Liga.

August

Joel joined the Club from Deportivo Saprissa.

September

Joel joined French Ligue 1 outfit Lorient. He featured four times during the month.

October

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.

November

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.

December

Joel continued to play his part for Lorient, featuring in crucial Ligue 1 matches against Lyon, Montpellier and Marseille.

January

Joel featured twice for loan club Lorient during the month, and scored during their 2-2 draw at Nancy.

March

Joel struggled to break into the Lorient first team in March and instead made three appearances for Lorient's B team in the CFA.

April

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.

May

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.