Now is the time for Arsenal to offload Campbell permanently

Arsenal rejected a loan offer from Lazio for Joel Campbell on transfer deadline day, but the attacker could still end up leaving the Emirates, according to La Nacion.

What’s the word?

There were no shock deals for the Gunners on Thursday when the window closed.

Manager Unai Emery had been rumoured to be after a defender and a winger, but in the end he settled for the business that he had already completed.

Defenders Stephan Lichtsteiner and Sokratis joined as part of the summer spending, while Bernd Leno is expected to replace Petr Cech as first-choice goalkeeper.

Lucas Torreira has come in to strengthen the midfield, while Matteo Guendouzi has been earmarked for the future.

In terms of outgoings, four players were wiped from Arsenal’s books,  including Lucas Perez and Jack Wilshere, while three have been sent out on loan.

At the moment, Campbell is staying put, but according to La Nacion, the Gunners turned down a loan bid from Lazio on deadline day.

The report suggests that the 26-year-old could still leave on a permanent deal by the end of August.

Should Arsenal sell?

Campbell has been with the Gunners since 2011, but he has failed to land himself a regular spot in the team.

The Costa Rica international, who has been capped 79 times for his nation, has had six loan spells since moving to the Emirates.

With Emery now at the helm, a new era has begun at Arsenal, and it is time to offload some of the fringe players.

It is understandable that the club turned down a loan offer as it is best for both parties if a permanent agreement is struck.

Campbell is in the final year of his contract.