Arsenal striker Joel Campbell stamped his authority on this summer’s World Cup by shining during Costa Rica’s shock 3-1 victory over Uruguay.
The 21-year-old scored the equaliser, assisted Costa Rica’s third goal with a sublime pass and maintained an 88% pass success rate throughout, all in-front of the watchful eye of Arsene Wenger.
The Gunners boss was commentating for French TV during Campbell’s masterpiece, and he will be delighted with what he saw from a player who has yet to represent Arsenal since joining in 2011.
Campbell has spent the past three years out on loan at various clubs, and following a highly successful loan-spell in Greece with Greek champions Olympiacos, Costa Rica assistant coach Paulo Wanchope told the press how the striker is desperate to return to the Emirates and prove his worth next season.
“He really wants to go back to Arsenal and play, and I told him that the only way to do that is on the pitch,” said Wanchope, quoted by The Mirror.
“He did well against Uruguay and I think that he needs to perform even better against Italy and then England to have that chance to go back to Arsenal. I’m sure that Arsene Wenger will have a look at him.”
“He will improve. You saw the game. He is capable to play up front or on the sides so he will do well.”
With Arsene Wenger keen on adding a striker to take the pressure off of Olivier Giroud, some would argue that Joel Campbell has already shown that he is up to the job.
The young Costa Rican striker has represented his country 34 times, scoring ten goals, though none are likely to be as important as his splendid equaliser on Saturday.