Over the past couple of weeks, the Spanish media has been keeping an eye on the recovery of Joel Campbell, who has been loaned from Arsenal to Real Betis this summer.
The player was signed by the La Liga club with a knee injury, which was picked up in an international game for Costa Rica in June.
Although he was expected to be sidelined for a few months more, Campbell is now ready to have his first minutes of the season, and spoke to the local press about it.
The Arsenal owned player explained: “I’m fine with the medical discharge and super happy to help the team. Now it is up to the coach, I am making every effort in training and to provide what is needed. I tried to get the best physically, that’s why I didn’t leave with the national team. The important thing is to give one hundred percent in training to be good and to contribute.” (via Marca)
“I had thought to be recovered at this very moment, showing a great job for the medical team here and at Arsenal. The injury was at a difficult time for me, I missed the preseason, but now we are happy, excited and waiting to play.”
Asked to compare his manager Quique Setién to Arsene Wenger, Campbell said: “The manager wants to be Setién, I don’t think he wants to be another manager, he will want to make his own name in the football world and hopefully he will continue to do well as he has so far. We’ll be giving everything on the pitch for him to be a great manager.”
Campbell now has a chance to impress and save his Arsenal dream, or find himself a career in Spanish football.