Joel Campbell got his first Champions League start for Arsenal last night in the 4-1 over Galatasaray, and after the game he said he’s glad to be at the club.
Speculation over his future has been rife and a January loan move has been mooted, but the Costa Rican seemed to rule that out.
Not showing any disappointment over how little he’s played this season (just one start in the Capital One Cup and five brief cameos as a sub), he said, “Today was a chance for those who haven’t played much, like me! I think we made the most of it in the best way, by winning in such a difficult scenario.
“I’m confident that I’m developing as a player and I’ll work step by step and work for my chance. I’m happy here, I’m learning every day and hopefully my chance will come.”
Meanwhile, Lukas Podolski praised youngsters Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Stefan O’Connor for their club debuts, away from home and in Europe.
“It was important for them,” said the German. “You don’t often have the chance to play as an 18 or 19-year-old in the Champions League and it was good for them.
“They came on in the second half, they did well and they should be very proud and happy to play in the Champions League.”