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Tuesday, July 19, 2011
Gunners to miss out on Campbell

ESPNsoccenet staff

Arsenal appear to have failed in their bid to sign Costa Rica forward Joel Campbell.

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Arsenal had been expected to tie up a 900,000 deal for Campbell, who plays for Deportivo Saprissa, but it is thought a rival club has offered superior terms.

Saprissa president Juan Carlos Rojas told La Nacion newspaper: "It is a disappointment for football, for Saprissa and for me that they have decided not to take up an offer from as serious and first-class people as Arsenal. I hope it works out for Joel.

"I assume his father thinks that things will get better and that's why he made this decision, but hey, there's always a risk. It's a shame that Costa Rican football could not have a player at Arsenal at this time."

However, his father, Humberto Campbell, claims a decision is yet to be made.

"We already decided not to sign anything yet," he said. "We are going to wait until the Under-20 World Cup finishes, so that Joel can go and play with calm and without pressure, then we will see what happens."

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