Arsenal outcast not looking to leave

Joel Campbell is adamant that he’s not looking to leave Arsenal in January and that he wants to stay and fight for his first-team future.

The pacey striker returned to north London over the summer after a loan stint at Olympiakos and was expected to be given playing time after his stunning displays for Costa Rica at the World Cup.

However the 22-year-old has managed just 53 minutes of action in the Premier League and Champions League, plus one start in the Capital One Cup – a game the Gunners lost.

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This has prompted speculation that the Central American ace is ready to leave the Emirates Stadium, which is further backed up by his agent’s angry reaction to a summer loan switch to Benfica being called off by Arsene Wenger.

Leicester, as well as a host of clubs from across Europe, are rumoured to be keen, but Campbell says that he’s not looking to move:

“What they have been saying is not true, I’m very calm. I have not been furious,” he is quoted by The Express.

“Obviously, yes, I would like to be playing, but that’s something that has to be earned day by day. I have to keep training and waiting for the opportunity, I know it’s a very competitive team.

“Arsenal is one of the best teams in the world where there are many important players. I have to be patient, keep training and I know my chance will arrive and I’ll have to take advantage of it when it comes.

“[I’ve learned] a lot [from Arsene Wenger]. He is a coach who has many years in football and with Arsenal. I am learning from him and from my peers every day in training. I’m doing my best to be a better player every day.”