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5th Sep, 2016 | 10:24am

Arsenal loanee believes he should have had more playing time last season

By Dominic Toner

Joel Campbell believes that he should have played more at Arsenal last season, despite a decent run in the side.

Campbell, 24, has joined Sporting Lisbon on a season-long loan and will now be aiming to secure regular first-team football.

Campbell told Portuguese newspaper A Bola, as cited by The Mail, that he feels he should have featured more regularly last campaign after he was given an opportunity to impress in the first-team.

“I feel good, this is a new experience” he said. “I think I deserved to play more after what I did last year, but now this is a new stage.

“I want to continue to develop and maintain this passion… Sporting are a good opportunity in my career, a great team. I am happy with the decision I made.”

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Portuguese side Sporting is now the fifth club Campbell has joined on loan since his move to Arsenal in 2011.

Campbell has had previous spells at Lorient, Real Betis, Olympiakos and Villarreal during what has been a nomadic career.

The Costa Rica international made 30 appearances during the 2015-16 season and scored four goals in his most prolific campaign for the north London club.

However, he joined senior team-mate Jack Wilshere on the list of players on loan from the Gunners this season.

His new team Sporting Lisbon are top of the Primeira Liga after three wins from three games. Campbell has only seen 21 minutes of action so far after coming on in the 2-1 win against FC Porto.

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