Joel Campbell opens up on Arsenal relief, his chance and Premier League

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Arsenal's super prospect from Costa Rica is ready to take any opportunity Arsene Wenger gives him in the first team this season.

Exciting Arsenal forward Joel Campbell, 22, is desperate for a break-out season in English football.

The Premier League is only now witnessing the Costa Rican sensation close-up for the first time this year, after the attacker spent a hat-trick of stints on loan - at Lorient in France, Real Betis in Spain and Olympiacos in Greece - since transferring to Arsenal from Deportivo Saprissa in 2011.

"I am very happy to be here," Campbell said to the club's official website. "It has been three years on loan at different clubs but finally now I can settle in here. I want to prove what I am capable of."

Campbell has long been identified as a prospect with potential for a steep upward career trajectory, yet it has only really been in the last 12 months where he has begin to fulfill expectations, with an exceptional World Cup campaign punctuating what had been a strong temporary stay with Olympiacos, near Athens.

"The Premier League is different to the leagues I've played in," commented Campbell. "It’s a very physical competition where the ball goes very quickly from one box to the other, but at the same time I am part of a team that puts a passing game into practice. Arsenal has great players and the kind of football we play suits my style."

Gunners fans long to see Campbell start a match for Arsene Wenger, something he is yet to accomplish as he has started games from the bench.

"I'm at a very competitive club with many top-class players in the squad. You have to work really hard even to stay on the bench, let alone to get a spot in the line up," he said.

"Thank god I performed well with my national team at the World Cup - the fans could see what I am capable of. Now it’s time for me to prove my qualities, I have to work hard during training and make the most of any single opportunity the manager may give me."

Campbell will likely receive extended opportunities in the senior squad during domestic cup competitions and in Olivier Giroud's absence, as the Frenchman faces an unspecified time on the sidelines following an ankle injury.

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