Joel Campbell joins Frosinone from Arsenal

Joel Campbell has left Arsenal for Serie A side Frosinone, the Premier League club have announced.

The forward joined the Gunners in 2014 but never established himself as a first-team regular, scoring just four goals and providing six assists.

Indeed, Campbell embarked on a number of loan spells during his time in north London, spending time at Lorient, Olympiacos, Villarreal, Sporting Lisbon and Real Betis, with whom he had two spells.

The 26-year-old, who can play on both flanks and through the middle, has never scored over 10 goals in a single campaign, and saw his 2017-18 season disrupted by injury, as he scored twice in eight appearances.

Campbell has enjoyed more success on the international stage, netting 15 goals in his 79 Costa Rica caps.

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He was a member of his country’s squad at the 2018 World Cup, playing against Serbia and Switzerland.

He also featured in every game as Costa Rica reached the quarter-finals of the 2014 tournament, scoring in their 3-1 win over Uruguay.


I can see Neymar joining Real Madrid, says Berchiche

Neymar is likely to join Real Madrid if he decides to return to La Liga from Paris Saint-Germain, ex-team-mate Yuri Berchiche has said.

The Brazil star continues to be linked with a move to the Santiago Bernabeu, though he has insisted he is happy in France and last month Madrid denied they have made any bid for him.

Yuri, who spent last season with PSG before heading back to Spain to join Athletic Bilbao, thinks Neymar is likely to join the European champions if he does leave PSG, despite any strong links to old club Barcelona.

“I see him returning but more in white than in blue and red,” Yuri told El Larguero.

“He was very happy at Barcelona. He still likes La Liga because I spoke with him about it, we have a good friendship, and he’s a fantastic person.

“If he joins Madrid I wish him the best of luck.”

Neymar marked his return to domestic action with a goal in the 3-0 Ligue 1 win over Caen last Sunday.

He has four years left on the contract he signed last year when he moved from Barca in a world-record deal.

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Berchiche himself has returned to his former youth side Athletic after one year in the French capital and is excited to get the new season underway.

“The atmosphere is fabulous, we really want to start knowing that last year was not a good season,” he said. “It ‘s important to start with three points against our fans.

“It’s important that we have are united and go in the same direction to make this a great season.”


Hamza Mendyl signs for Bundesliga side Schalke 04

Morocco’s Hamza Mendyl has completed a move to Schalke 04 in a five-year deal after completing his medicals.

The 20-year-old joined the German outfit from the French top-tier side Lille after an agreement was reached by both teams.

Having made his professional debut for the Great Danes in their 1-0 win over Caen in February 2017, the Morocco left-back played 13 Ligue 1 matches.

And Domenico Tedesco has revealed the defender’s qualities as he anticipates the presence of the new recruit in his squad for the term.

“We [Schalke 04 and Lille] have spent a long and detailed time with Hamza [Mendyl] and are happy that we were able to sign him,” coach Domenico Tedesco told club website.

“He brings a lot with what we want for this position: athletics, dynamics, robustness and courage in the offensive. We are eager to take the next steps in our development with this talent.”

Mendyl, after committing his future to the Veltins-Arena outfit, expressed his delight in signing up for the club under the guidance of the German-Italian manager.

“I am very happy to have signed a contract with such a big club,” he said.

“With Tedesco, I encounter a coach known for improving players. He proved that impressively last year. I too would like to develop further under him and help Schalke 04 play a good role in all three competitions [Bundesliga, DFB Pokal and Champions League].”

The defender could make his debut for Schalke 04 when they lock horns with Wolfsburg in their 2018-19 German Bundesliga season-opener at the Volkswagen Arena on August 25.


Manchester City’s Daniel Arzani completes Celtic loan

Celtic have captured teenage Australia international Daniel Arzani on a two-year loan from Manchester City.

The 19-year-old signed for the Premier League champions from A-League sister club Melbourne City last week and will now attempt to realise his impressive potential with a stint in the Scottish Premiership.

A fleet-footed winger, Arzani attracted interest from several European clubs after appearing in each of his country’s three matches at the World Cup.

He enjoyed a rapid rise into the national team setup with a series of sparkling performances across 18 appearances in the A-League last season.

The Iran-born attacker will link up with compatriot Tom Rogic at the Glasgow club.

“The idea was put to me to come to Celtic and work with Brendan Rodgers, and it was something I was very interested in doing, and when it became a reality I was very excited,” Arzani told his new club’s website.

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“I gave Tom a call and had a chat with him about the club and everything was positive.

“Basically he said to me that if it wasn’t so good he wouldn’t have signed an extension to stay at Celtic Park. Apparently, playing in front of the Celtic fans is absolutely amazing and I’m really excited about that.”

Arzani’s arrival comes just a day after fellow City wide man Patrick Roberts, who had spent the past two and a half seasons with Celtic, sealed a loan move to LaLiga side Girona.


Revealed: Why Bernd Leno is being snubbed for Petr Cech

Alisson, Kepa Arrizabalaga and Bernd Leno: three goalkeepers new to the Premier League who share a lot in common after signing for Liverpool, Chelsea, and Arsenal, respectively, this summer.

The odd one out, however, is Leno, who looks set to be his club’s No.2 this season.

The Germany international joined from Bayer Leverkusen for a fee in the region of £20 million and was expected to succeed Petr Cech as Arsenal’s first-choice goalkeeper.

At 26 years old and with over 300 Bundesliga appearances to his name, Leno’s extensive experience at a relatively young age made him a stand-out candidate for the club’s head of recruitment, Sven Mislintat.

However, after a hectic pre-season, there was a feeling at Arsenal that Cech would go into the new season as Unai Emery’s No.1, and that has proven the case, with the veteran Czech shot-stopper getting the nod for the season-opening clash with Manchester City at the Emirates last weekend.

A high-profile error which almost led to an own-goal saw Cech ridiculed on social media – even by Leno’s former club, Leverkusen, which even prompted an angry response from the 36-year-old himself .

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Emery has since publicly expressed his continued faith in Cech’s ability, while former Gunners goalie Jens Lehmann also jumped to the Plzen native’s defence, arguing that he is still coming to terms with Emery’s desire to have his side play the ball out from the back at every opportunity.

“Petr is still a fantastic goalkeeper and he has had to change his style, but sometimes the game tells you what to do and not the other way round,” Lehmann told Sky Sport .

”I was a bit surprised that every time he tried to play out, which is not possible. Nobody can dictate to you when to play out. He is very intelligent so he knows himself when to play out and when not to. 

“Petr has played hundreds of games and I think sometimes he would have kicked it long before; now he is under pressure [to play it short] this year.

“But the game dictates what to do and not a certain style you have to play. Even at the age of 36, you can practice and improve, but it’s about the amount of passes you have to do. 

“So, sometimes it is better to not to do what the coaches ask because at that moment you understand the game better than anybody else.”

However, even though Cech did not look comfortable with his new remit, and was also guilty of making a number of mistakes last season, Emery confirmed in his pre-match press conference that he will continue in goal for Saturday’s London derby against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

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“I am very happy with his performance,” the former Paris Saint-Germain coach insisted. “He has experience, he has quality, he has ability. 

“Also, with Bernd Leno [it’s the same]. They are two goalkeepers who are important for us. They have different qualities but for us, in the way we want to play, they can [both] play. 

“For Saturday, the decision for me is easy. Petr Cech can continue to start the matches, I believe in him. [But] If Bernd starts, I believe in him also.”

However, it is understood that Emery doesn’t believe that Leno is completely ready for a starting role and Lehmann points to his compatriot’s unwillingness to take risks in possession as one of the possible reasons why.

“Bernd is a good ‘keeper, no doubt about that,” he said. “The question is: can he show more than he did in the past? He must take more risks to continue his development. If he does that, good!”

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Still, while Leno’s price tag does not mean he should be an automatic starter, it does raise questions over his current role in the Arsenal squad.

Have the Gunners really spent £20m on a player to compete for a goalkeeping spot? Is he a Mislintat signing that Emery hasn’t been completely convinced by so far?

Leno will undoubtedly get opportunities as the season goes on but the fact that he has not been involved so far will put more pressure on him to impress when he does eventually get his chance.