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Joel Campbell

Exciting Costa Rica forward Joel Campbell spent the 2013/14 season on loan at Greek side Olympiacos where he made 43 appearances and scored 11 goals. 

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

Born June 26, 1992
Position: Striker
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Previous Club(s) Olympiacos (loan), 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.

In the 2012/13 campaign, 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 enjoyed considerable success at the 2014 World Cup, scoring one and setting up another as the Central American side reached the last eight of the tournament. His achievements also include 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.

My Year

  • 2013/14
  • 2012/13
  • 2011/12

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.

October

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.

October

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.