Arsenal loanee Joel Campbell has revealed that the decision to move to Sporting Lisbon on loan was his own as he felt that Portugal was where he would get the best opportunity to continue with his development.

The Gunners allowed the 24-year-old to move on a season-long loan and he quickly made his debut in a 2-1 win over rivals FC Porto last month.

The player on his part is happy with the move as he believes that at this juncture of his career he needs proper playing time, which might not have been possible at Arsenal.

According to Campbell, the decision to switch sides was his own and his club had nothing to do with it. The Costa Rican also feels Sporting Lisbon represent a good move.

"I am at an important step in my career and saw that I would not have many chances to play at Arsenal, so I asked to go on loan", Campbell was quoted as saying by Portuguese sports daily A Bola.  


"I could have chosen to stay, have a good salary, but I'd rather go after my dreams.

"I want to continue to develop and maintain this passion for the game.

"Sporting is a good opportunity in my career, a great team.

"I am happy with the decision I made."

Campbell, who joined the north London-based side in 2011, has managed a total 40 appearances for the club, scoring four goals and has set up a total of six for his team-mates.