Strachan predicts why Campbell could fail at Arsenal, Wright says he's a typical Gunners player

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Arsenal youngster Joel Campbell featured for Costa Rica against Greece in the World Cup knockout round last night.

Arsenal wonderkid Joel Campbell is a World Cup quarter-finalist, after helping Costa Rica to a dramatic penalty shootout victory over Greece.

Campbell stepped up to score a crucial spot-kick for his nation, playing all 120 minutes during the 1-1 draw.

He has not scored however since the opening game against Uruguay, and Scottish international boss Gordon Strachan picked out an element of the forward's game which raised concern with him, ahead of his return to Arsenal this summer after three loan spells.

A pundit for English broadcaster ITV, Strachan said: "He has good things (about his game) but I don't know if he can see people when he is running with the ball. The Arsenal way is if you are running he needs to see people. That might be what lets him down at Arsenal."

Campbell created only the one chance during the game, winning three dribbles.

  TeamPosPass Accuracy %Won DribblesDispossessedKey PassesMins
Joel Campbell Costa Rica FW 83.33 3 7 1 120

Arsenal legend Ian Wright was positive about the youngster before kick-off, and praised his vision.

"He's a typical Arsenal player, he picks the ball up in the final third a lot, has a very clean shot and great technical ability.

"He's got the vision, and can play a fantastic pass. He has the confidence to take defenders on two-on-one.

"It will be very interesting to see what happens when he comes back to Arsenal."

Arsene Wenger is said to be impressed with the Costa Rican, who scored his nation's opener in their first game of the tournament, a stunning 3-1 win over Uruguay.

Campbell is expected to be given every chance to prove himself in pre-season at Arsenal, but the further Costa Rica go in the tournament, the more his return date slips back a little.

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