Joel Campbell is aiming to make an impact in the Premier League this year after taking the World Cup by storm over the summer.
The Arsenal man was very impressive in Costa Rica’s unexpected run to the quarter-finals in Brazil and he now wants a chance to prove himself at the Emirates.
So far during his time under Arsene Wenger’s stewardship he has been sent out on loan and he is yet to make his Arsenal debut, but he feels that he could make a positive impression in any league in the world now and just wants a chance.
“The Premier League’s the most interesting in the world and I’ve always wanted to play here. It’s my dream. And I believe I’m good enough,” Campbell said.
“I’ve played around 100 games in three different divisions in Europe. Lorient in France, Real Betis in Spain and Olympiakos in Greece, where I played Champions League too.
“I’m confident of being successful in any division in the world.”
If the 22-year-old can force his way into starting contention he would certainly put an end to one of Wenger’s current problems.
Arsenal’s squad looks strong than it has in a considerable amount of time, but their lack of a striker to offer competition to Olivier Giroud remains a slight concern.
Campbell could fill this role, though, meaning that their search for a striker may be ended by a player that is already in their squad.
For some of Costa Rica’s World Cup campaign Campbell was also used in the wide-right position, but his chances of forcing his way in there look slim due to the arrival of Alexis Sanchez this transfer window.
However, there is certainly an opening up-front and the jet-heeled attacker will be looking to prove that he is as ready as he says he is to Wenger during pre-season.
He has had a good chance to do this, too, after travelling to the continent with the rest of his Arsenal teammates for a pre-season training camp in Austria.
It is the first chance Campbell has had to make a direct impression on Wenger after spending last season on loan in Greece with Olympiacos.
During his time there, he managed to score eight times in 32 appearances and he will be looking to build on that tally this season, if he does get the opportunity that he so desperately craves.