The 22 year old spent last season on loan at Olympiacos in Greece and also impressed in the World Cup with Costa Rica, but has been limited to just one substitute appearance for the Gunners this season.
The Costa Rica international, who was linked with a deadline day move to Benfica, acknowledged that he has to accept his opportunities will be limited.
Speaking to Arsenal’s official website, he said:
I presume that every attacking player in the squad will fight with me for a starting place. But I am my biggest competitor – I have to train hard and get better day after day. Being here is a great opportunity for me.
I feel that I can contribute with speed, goals and dribbling skills. I am a player capable of playing either on the right or left flanks or in the middle.
It’s down to the manager to decide which of those three positions I am needed most in. I just have to do my best anywhere I play.
Arsène Wenger has many good options to line up a great attacking force.
I must say that Santi Cazorla has some exceptional technical skills. He can take corners or free-kicks equally with his right or left foot. That’s some technique! That is a very unusual thing to see and it has left me astonished.
Campbell had a fantastic showing at the Summer’s World Cup with Costa Rica and was considered one of many surprise packages. He is a very versatile attacker who can play centre forward, on either side of a front three or just behind in the infamous No.10 role. He has many attributes needed to succeed at the top level, he is quick, skillful, creative and has a good eye for goal. He showed that in his only competitive start for Arsenal which saw him score in the Emirates cup annihilation of Benfica.
Wenger has confirmed on a couple of occasions that the striker is very much a part of his plans this season at the Emirates. However, there have been many rumours that the Striker had been hoping for a move as he has struggled to get game time, so far only starting once in the Emirates Cup and being used sparingly as a substitute.
He is a real talent and would have hoped to get some first team chances with the injury to Olivier Giroud, however the signing of Welbeck is likely to have increased his frustration. He now needs to knuckle down and show Wenger what he can do as he cannot go anywhere until January at the earliest.
I would expect him to feature heavily in the league Cup which has always been a good grounding for Arsenal in respect to introducing younger players and being a showcase for what a player can do. There will also be the FA Cup that starts later in the year, so he will have plenty of time to impress.
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