Joel Campbell believes he’s got what it takes to become part of Arsenal’s frontline next season.
After a season on loan at Lorient, having not been granted a work permit last summer, the Costa Rican forward will join Arsenal for pre-season during which time he’ll have to convince Arsene Wenger he’s ready to become part of the first team.
Speaking to Arsenal Player, Joel spoke about the qualities he can bring to the Arsenal side, saying, “I think I can bring a lot of things to the Arsenal attack – I can contribute goals and assists.”
Despite being just 19 years of age, he’s not short of confidence, having gained a lot from his spell on loan in Ligue 1.
“I want people to see what I can do. I always think big, so I want to go to Arsenal and play as many games as possible. I have to give everything I’ve got, train hard and have faith in my abilities, to never doubt them and keep moving forward.
“I have learned how to live with other people in a different country to mine, to be here living life outside football, to learn about the training and the intensity of the game in Ligue 1. That’s all helped me to learn things so I can continue my football career with Arsenal, and I hope that’s going to happen.”
And his main ambition?
“To play for Arsenal next year. I think I’ve got the ability to do it. I’ve got every confidence in my ability to go to Arsenal and play.”
According to Arsenal.com journalist Nick Ames, who traveled to Lorient to interview Campbell, the youngster showed some real quality but still has much to learn, so another loan spell wouldn’t be a surprise. However, Lorient boss Christian Gourcuff was quite prepared to throw him into the side at the end of a season during which they battled relegation, so perhaps there’s encouragement in that.
Campbell, whose father Glen was a lineman for the county, will be looking to drive the main road right to the Emirates next season.