Arsenal’s young and promising striker Joel Campbell has confirmed his wish to return to north London this summer to make an impression on Arsene Wenger ahead of next season.
The Costa Rican centre forward made waves among Arsenal fans with an impressive and incisive goal against Uruguay yesterday, helping his country to a valuable 3-1 win over the South Americans. He was one of the best players on the park.
Arsenal’s need for more striking options is a necessity, and the 21-year-old intends to return when the World Cup is over after spending consecutive seasons on loan since signing for the club in 2011.
The Costa Rica international spent last campaign with Greek champions Olympiakos, providing some impressive performances including the delicious winner against Manchester United in the Champions League.
Campbell told reporters after yesterday’s emphatic win for his country:
Of course I have to go back because I have a contract with Arsenal. But the most important thing just now is my country and the World Cup.
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Today was excellent for me but it would have come to naught without the contribution of my colleagues. Everyone lived up to their responsibilities. I tried to do my best to score goals and my colleague supported me.
We have to take one step after another. We have difficult matches ahead but this will give us impetus.
A failure to gain a work permit had been his undoing early on in his Gunners career despite featuring for his country at an early age, but it appears he is starting to fulfil his potential and could well remain with Arsenal’s first team next season.
Wenger has some decisions to make. We need at least three-four strikers including two youngsters. Arsenal have Yaya Sanogo, Chuba Akpom and Campbell looking to impress – at least one needs to go out on loan, while we will (hopefully) be signing a senior centre forward this summer.
Sanogo could best benefit from a loan spell with a Premier League club, while Campbell and Akpom could duke it out for Carling Cup involvement, with one potentially heading out on loan during the second half of the campaign.
Campbell has been improving and making an impression on both the World Cup stage and in the UCL, plus he’s actually scored in these matches unlike Sanogo. The Costa Rica striker should definitely be involved in pre-season and hopefully part of Wenger’s plans next season if he continues to show improvement.
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