Arsenal’s World Cup star a target for Premier League rivals in January

Joel Campbell has emerged as a surprise target for Aston Villa in January, according to the Daily Star.

The Costa Rican international has found a run of games in the first team at Arsenal this season amid their injury crisis, though has still failed to convince he is up to the required standard when all options are available.

It is the first full season so far he has spent in North London after being farmed out on loan to a number of different European outfits since he initially signed in 2011.

Villa are in desperate need of a lift after managing just six points from their opening 15 games of the campaign as the prospect of relegation becomes a very real possibility.

With both Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain nearing full fitness, reports suggest Arsene Wenger could afford Campbell once again leave the Emirates.

The 24-year has scored twice this year but will likely lose his place once his teammates are available for selection.

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