Report: Arsene Wenger is set to axe forward, tells player to find a new club
By Amir Mir
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has told Joel Campbell to find a new club this summer as he does not see his future at the Emirates, according to a report.
Spanish outlet Estadio Deportivo report that the Costa Rican forward has no choice but to leave the north London club, despite his manager showing him years of loyalty after he failed to live up to his potential as a youngster.
The versatile forward, who can also operate on the wings, scored three goals for the Gunners last season, but started just 11 games with a further eight appearances off the bench.
It is said that Spanish giants Valencia are the early front runners for his signature should a move away from the Emirates transpire.
In 2011 Campbell made a switch from Spanish side Deportivo Saprissa to Arsenal on a five-year deal, but only obtained a work permit in 2013. The vibrant forward had to wait a further year to make his Arsenal debut.
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The 24-year-old had a spell at Greek giants Olympiacos in the 2013-14 season, where he shone with eight goals, including a spectacular long-range effort against Manchester United in the Champions League.
Wenger has already sold academy graduate Issac Hayden to Newcastle for a fee of £2.5 million and released stalwarts Tomas Rosicky and Mathieu Flamini.
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