Arsenal youngster Joel Campbell spoke to Arsenal’s official website after the match with Galatasaray. The Costa Rica forward, who had an impressive World Cup campaign with the national side, was widely expected to be given a more prominent role at the club this season, especially when Olivier Giroud was sidelined due to injury. But the forward has been rarely used by manager Arsene Wenger, instead being kept on the bench for most of the season.
Among the many people criticizing Wenger, many have pointed out his reluctance to give youngsters like Campbell and Yaya Sanogo a chance to play for the first team. But the player himself believes that the manager knows what he is doing and he will be given a chance when the time is right. For now, the player is focused on preparing for the challenge of playing in the first team and is ready to take that opportunity whenever it arises.
He was handed a start in the 4-1 midweek win over Galatasaray, and said that he enjoyed the experience tremendously. The player went on to say that the team wants to win a trophy and as long as they were in the Champions League they would do their best to win it.
It was an important victory for us. Although there wasn’t all that much riding on the match, it was a chance for us to try and get first place in the group. We didn’t manage that, but we did get a good win.
I always try and take advantage of the chances that come my way and play as well as I can. I know that I can give more, so I’m working hard day in, day out to improve as a player.
The Champions League is a big competition for any player. In a team like Arsenal, it’s easier to play well because you’re surrounded by good players. I just try to do the best I can so that I might be involved in future games.
We need to be fighting for the trophy. We’re in there and any team still in the competition at this point has a chance of winning the cup. We’ll be working very hard to try and achieve that.
For the near future, Campbell looks destined to sit on the bench. With the likes of Welbeck, Giroud, Sanchez and Podolski competing for the starting berths it seems unlikely that Wenger will hand regular starts to the youngster. However, with the FA Cup coming up and fixture congestion in this month, he may still get a few chances to impress before the season ends.