Arsenal starlet Joel Campbell is having a storming World Cup for Costa Rica, right under the nose of his club boss Arsene Wenger.
The Frenchman is currently on World Cup duty with French television, and he got to see first-hand how a Joel Campbell-inspired Costa Rica shocked the world to defeat Uruguay 3-1 and later Italy 1-0.
The Central American’s performance at this World Cup has often defied belief, but their togetherness, quality team ethic and hard-work instilled by each player has been a joy to watch.
Joel Campbell, 21, could be forgiven as an arrogant star-in-the-making who is believing his own hype following his fantastic performances, but that couldn’t be further from the truth.
The Gunners youngster has displayed an incredible amount of maturity, and his recent upbeat comments to the press following Costa Rica’s progress will undoubtedly impress Arsene Wenger.
“We are not thinking about who we get in the last 16, it does not matter to us. We have been in a group with three champions of the world and we have shown that we can beat anyone.” He said, quoted by The Guardian.
“We always believed we could do this. Football is not decided by the shirt you are wearing. With work and effort, you can win against anyone. We are very satisfied, very happy with what we have achieved but we will keep working to do more.”
Work and effort are two key components in football, but when certain players hit stardom, this side of their game is usually the first to deteriorate.
Fortunately for Arsenal, it appears that the talented Joel Campbell has recognised the importance of always vying to improve and players of this ilk are those who are far more likely to rise to the very top.