Arsenal’s on-loan striker Joel Campbell believes he is ready to play for the Gunners next season after helping Olympiakos beat Manchester United in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 match.
The 21 year old forward went past Michael Carrick before curling a low finish past David De Gea from outside the United penalty area in the 54th minute in Athens to give them a 2-0 lead.
The Costa Rican is adamant that he can be a success in the Premier League if he is given a chance to shine by Arsene Wenger next season.
According to Sky Sports, he said:
I am still hopeful of playing for Arsenal but I have not been given the chance yet, I hope to keep working at Olympiakos.
I am making sure that I take this opportunity.
Campbell acknowledged the quality of Olympiakos’ performance, but said there is still work to be done in the return leg at Old Trafford in three weeks time. He added:
We played very well against a very good team and we weren’t intimidated.
There is still a very hard game at Old Trafford and we hope to advance to the next round.
Thank God I scored a goal and celebrated it with my father, girlfriend and cousins.
There are many things I can improve on though, I am 21 and I have to keep working.
The youngster joined Arsenal in 2011 but was sent out on loan to Lorient and Real Betis after failing to secure a work permit before joining the Greek champions on a temporary basis this season. His goal demonstrated his undoubted talent, as he skipped inside from the right side and bent a beautiful curled effort beyond the goalkeeper.
He played with pace, challenged the opposition with direct one-on-ones and helped out by sprinting back to make two tackles. His speed and shooting ability make him an intriguing option either as a central striker or on the flank.
The €1 million we paid for Campbell’s services is looking a real bargain after his recent display, however few reports earlier in the month suggested that the Gunners are willing to let him leave. If Arsenal are determined to sell him, they should certainly wait to see how he performs at the World Cup, but Arsene Wenger should give serious consideration to keeping Campbell around.
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