Betis capture Arsenal striker

Real Betis have announced the capture of Arsenal striker Joel Campbell, who will spend next season on loan at the Benito Villamarin.

The 20-year-old Costa Rican international joined the Gunners in August 2011 from Deportivo Sarprissa for a reported €1m after turning down Sevilla and Fiorentina, but failed to obtain a work permit to enable him to play in England.

He was subsequently loaned to Ligue 1 outfit Lorient where his three goals in 25 appearances alerted Betis, and he will arrive in Andalusia on Tuesday to complete a medical.

“Arsenal told me some days ago that I could go on loan again, so and this is a great opportunity as I will be playing in the best League in the world.

“I am eager to play and show what I am made of,” he told Sport.

Campbell can play anywhere along the front line and scored for Costa Rica in a 2-2 draw with Spain in November 2011 and also against Wales in the Gary Speed memorial match.

Meanwhile, Los Beticos have decided to retire the No 26 jersey worn by Miki Roque, who lost his battle against cancer last month, and have presented it to the player’s mother during a special mass at Betis’ ground on Monday night.

Spanish League rules do not permit the retirement of jerseys numbered one to 25 but Betis have been able to do so as all others are usually worn by reserve team players.

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