World Cup - Young Arsenal striker surely makes Wenger smile

Arsene Wenger In Emirates Press Conference 2

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger was covering Costa Rica World Cup Group stage match against Uruguay for French TV station TFI.

Arsenal manager Wenger is on World Cup duty for French TV station TFI, and has a great opportunity to take a close look at some of the world's top talent. But the player who may have had Wenger's attention the most so far this tournament is a striker who is actually signed to Arsenal, but never featured in a Wenger first team.

Group D underdogs Costa Rica defeated much-fancied Uruguay 3-1 Saturday, with Arsenal's Joel Campbell putting on a show for his boss high up in the stands.

The 21-year-old striker has never featured for the Gunners since arriving in 2011, having spent the last three years abroad on loan at various clubs.

His progress, however, has been carefully monitored by Gunners stakeholders, and his excellent form for Greek champions Olympiacos last season had many Arsenal supporters calling for him to be given a chance in the Prenier League.

Going into the World Cup on form, the young striker ran the line for Costa Rica superbly Saturday. His explosive second-half equaliser was no more than the plucky Latin country deserved, and Wenger certainly enjoyed it as the Frenchman grinned for the cameras.

Menacing throughout, Campbell recorded four successful dribbles, maintained an 88% pass success rate and he topped off his evening with a superb late assist for Costa Rica’s third goal.

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