On loan at Olympiacos, Joel Campbell eyes key Gunners role as early as this year.
An Arsenal star takes on Manchester United in the Champions League at the Karaiskakis Stadium later this evening in the first leg of a Round of 16 clash, yet does so for his loan club Olympiacos.
Brought to North London as a heralded teenager in 2011, it is only really this season where the Costa Rican has come of age. With seven goals and ten assists from 23 appearances in the Super League thus far this season, Campbell has been responsible for affecting the scoreline once every 97 minutes he is on the field, on average.
In Champions League competition thus far this season he has also created a chance every 32 minutes, completed a dribble every 28 minutes and has an 80% passing accuracy.
It is his latest loan experience that gives him the confidence that he can replicate this statistical form for Arsenal next season, begging the question whether the club require a forward when they have one waiting in the wings.
'As soon as Arsenal came, I wanted to join them and I believe I am ready to play for Arsenal next season,' Campbell is quoted by The Daily Mail to have said.
'I know I have the capacity to play there. I am only waiting for the opportunity. With hard work I know I can get there.'