Amidst all the hullaballoo surrounding the exit of Cesc Fabregas, and to a lesser extent Emmanuel Eboue, Arsenal completed the signing of Costa Rican striker Joel Campbell.
Arriving from homeland side Saprissa after impressing Arsene Wenger’s scouting team while playing for his national team in the Copa America, the 19-year, who also featured in the ongoing under-20 World Cup this summer, is the club’s fourth signing of the summer.
Speaking for the first time about his move to England, Campbell spoke openly to the Arsenal website of his pride at making such a high profile switch:
“It’s a dream come true to play for such a big club here in England and I want to do good for myself and for Costa Rica.
“It’s a very well known club, I am making history as no other Costa Rican player has ever played in a team of the quality of Arsenal.”
While it is as yet unclear whether Campbell will be sent out on loan to aid his adaptation to life in Europe, the player himself believes he has the qualities to succeed at the highest level.
“I play forward, both sides or in the middle. I’m good in one-against-ones and I am a player who knows how to score goals.
“For sure I am ready, in football you must always be prepared to give the best for whatever team. I am very happy to be here and I want to focus on doing well for Arsenal.”
Reflecting on the chance to play alongside such well known names as Carl Jenkinson, Emmanuel Frimpong and Sebastien Squillaci, the teenager (perhaps unaware that most of our best players have sidled off to pastures new) also spoke warmly of his chance to improve in London.
“I am going to learn a lot from them. They are experienced players and very skilled, therefore I am sure I am going to have a good time.
“I’ve always liked Arsenal’s playing style, I’ve been watching them since I was a kid and they always play nice football.
“I took the decision [to move to Arsenal] because I know that here I have the possibility to play and to become a better player.
“I will give all of myself to try and learn quickly to understand how my teammates player and be ready soon.”
Remembering fondly the success achieved by both Kevin and Sol, Arseblog News likes to think that having a player called Campbell can only be a good thing…