Campbell confirms Arsenal return after World Cup and will 'try to play'

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Joel Campbell says he will be part of Arsenal's pre-season plans after the World Cup in Brazil.

Arsenal fans were left very excited by the prospect that is Costa Rican forward Joel Campbell earlier this season after the on loan Olympiakos player shone against Manchester United in the Champions League.

Campbell scored an exquisite goal in Piraeus to make it 2-0 in the first-leg of the side's Champions League tie - which United eventually won 3-2 on aggregate.

After that first leg tie he announced his desire to return to Arsenal from his loan spell at the end of the season:

“As soon as Arsenal came, I wanted to join them and I believe I am ready to play for Arsenal next season. I know I have the capacity to play there. I am only waiting for the opportunity...”

This summer Campbell faces an altogether different challenge, leading the line in a Costa Rica side considered the outsiders in a group containing previous World Cup winners England, Uruguay and Italy.

Yesterday he spoke to Costa Rican media about many things, the World Cup included, but also touched on his future with Arsenal.

He told Al Dia:

"I'm not going to say I'm bigger than Olympiacos, but I want to look for new horizons. I will return to my team Arsenal and try to play. Obviously [I will return to Arsenal] because it's my team, I have two year contract and they already told me that I have to meet with them when finished the World Cup. I know, I am confident in my abilities. I know what I can give, I did not stay in the Premier last season was because I wanted playing time in order to have a good World Cup."

Campbell is certainly talented, and if he does put in a good show at the World Cup perhaps their is a chance he can become a first-team regular at Arsenal next season.

One thing for sure is his confidence and belief has come on leaps and bounds from his excellent spell in Greece. Arsenal fans will hope that translates into starring in North London.

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