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.
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.”