The 21 year old has been with Arsenal since 2011, but work permit issues have meant that the striker has been unable to make a single appearance for his parent club. Those issues have now been resolved however, and the youngster was finally granted a work permit last season.
Henry, who is working for the BBC at the World Cup, has been impressed by what he has seen from Campbell, and says he would like Wenger to give him a run in the first team. He said:
Joel Campbell is a great player. He can pass the ball well and smells the goal.
We are all waiting to see him in an Arsenal shirt. Hopefully he will be a player Arsène Wenger likes because I would love to see him play for Arsenal.
The striker spent 3 consecutive loan spells at Lorient, Real Betis, and Olympiakos, and has staked a very strong claim for a place in the first team fold at Arsenal. He netted 11 goals in 43 games for Olympiakos last term, and has also showed that he was capable of playing against the very best in England as he impressed with a wonder goal against Manchester United in the Champions League. He has also been Costa Rica’s most influential player at the World Cup finals in Brazil so far, looking a constant threat going forward.
His performance against Uruguay demonstrated the extent of his development. His time on the flanks has endowed him with a remarkable ability to turn away from defenders in a limited amount of space, and his outstanding left foot was the weapon with which he bludgeoned home Costa Rica’s opener, before splitting open the defence to create the third.
It would be ridiculous to suggest Campbell has shown he is the striker to take Arsenal to the next level. He has shown however, that he is more than capable of bringing depth and quality to the squad. His pace and composure would bring attributes to the Arsenal attack that were sorely lacking last season.
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Wenger must bring the impressive youngster back and play him whenever possible next season. He has already shown his true potential, and his impact at the World Cup suggests he could make a big impact when he eventually takes to the field for the Gunners.
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