Why Campbell is right to be confident about his Arsenal future

The Arsenal and Costa Rica international star Joel Campbell will have been disappointed in his nation’s showing at the Copa America centenary tournament in the United States this summer, as the Costa Ricans failed to make it out of the group stage. But that means that Campbell’s involvement was finished over a month ago and so he is already back in London training and preparing for the season to come.

The versatile forward has been talking about life at Arsenal after a reasonably good debut season in which he scored four goals and provided five assists despite being used mainly as a substitute. He did only start 11 Premier league games, though, but as reported by ESPN he is not too concerned about his future at the club and is confident that he can prove himself a valuable asset for Arsenal this season.

Campbell said, “I have had a good holiday and now I am happy to train, to return strong, to prepare myself well in this preseason for the new campaign for which I have high expectations and I will fight with everything to have the opportunity to play and to show what I can give.

“Last season was my first full season with the team from start to finish and to me it was a very productive time, I played 30 games and that was very important for me and made me mature a lot. I could show what I’m made of, and at last the team and the fans were happy with what I have done.”

One of the main reasons for that was his work rate and attitude, similar to that of the fans’ favourite Alexis Sanchez. This is something that the Gunners do not have enough of in my opinion and along with his ability to play anywhere across the forward line I think it bodes very well for his chance in the first team this season.

We should also remember that it was his first season in England and plenty of top quality players before him have struggled to settle for quite some time after moving here. The pre-season games should give our young striker an early chance to get into Arsene Wenger’s good books and build some form and confidence before the season starts for real.

What do you expect from the Costa Rican forward this year Gooners?


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  1. Campbell played 30 games for Arsenal
    last season and was paid 30k p/w.
    Wilshere missed 50 games
    as usual through injury but was
    still paid 94,000k p/w.
    Which player deserves to stay at Arsenal this season?

  2. Wenger is worse than Sam Allardyce,very poor manager we have at Arsenal,poor ,poor,dirt poor,watch Mahrez join Chelsea ,anyway,I said it once I’ll say it again the answer to all our problomatic questions on this here fine site of ours is simple : Wenger is a very poor mananger,Tony Pulis is even better

  3. Campbell is a good player but he is not the Answer to Arsenal’s need for a Top Class Striker.
    The Arsenal Board and Mr Wenger are holding Arsenal back from being the best Team in the Premiership. The reason other clubs are wiping Arsenal’s eye when it comes to signing Top class
    Players is Mr Wengers unwillingness to Part with MONEY and the Boards for standing back and letting him have his way. Mr Wenger the Board the Dogs on the Street know what Arsenal need
    but nothing is done about it. As Long as Mr Wenger and the board are in control nothing will change at ARSENAL FC. TIME FOR A CHANGE OF DIRECTION.

  4. I have no doubt in Joel Campbell I personally think he will turn to be an amazing player he is skillful with pace he needs game time to develop his game with the team I remember a good assist for wollcot

  5. Confident about his future at arsenal, really? I thought he was a stand out performer when he got his chance last season but as soon as wengers favourites returned from injury Campbell was in form but dropped. #facedoesntfit

  6. Ps there’s lots of ranting on here about no striker being signed but isn’t the window still open? When I hear icardi, higuain, morata and lacazette have signed for other clubs then I’ll be first to vent! Until then I’m not at ease but I’ll keep stumbled. Ps arsene chicarito 🙂

  7. Recent reports in media were that wenger had told campbell to look for a new team. Now joel says how much he is looking forward to the new season. When it comes to arsenal and transfers, i think about 95% of media stories are made up to fit known facts or fans concerns.

    Lots of positive comments on here about joel but critical of wenger for not playing him enough. I like his work rate and attitude.

    I like joel’s comment that last season was good having played 30 games, not complaining about lack of game time. Lets hope joel is given the opportunities he deserves and has a really good season.

    1. I think the media reports about wenger telling joel to look for a new club, demonstrate how the media works. The media’s perception is that us fans like joel but feel that wenger underrates him and does not play him enough. Fans are concerned that joel is unhappy and will want to leave.

      We then get a media story feeding on these concerns which says that wenger has told joel to look for a new club. Completely fabricated but many of us are inclined to believe it. It is click bait to get advertising revenue with minimal effort.

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