Arsenal star on rumours of unrest and wanting more game time

Arsenal star Joel Campbell has rubbished rumours he is unhappy at the club.

Arsenal striker Joel Campbell has stated his happiness at the club and rubbished rumours of unrest following a lengthy spell on the side-lines.

The Costa Rican international joined the Gunners in the summer of 2011 but spent the past three seasons out on loan to gain first-team experience.

After a successful spell with Greek champions Olympiakos last season, boss Arsene Wenger felt the time was right for the 22-year-old to remain in North London and join up with the first-team squad.

However, after three months of the current campaign Campbell has been used sparingly to say the least, prompting a number of clubs to monitor his situation ahead of the January transfer window.

With many now doubting his contentment at the Emirates stadium, Campbell yesterday revealed in an interview that despite wanting more game-time he remains happy in North London.

“What they have been saying is not true. I’m very calm, I’ve not been furious. Obviously, I would like to be playing, but that’s something that has to be earned day by day.” He explained.

“I have to keep training and waiting for the opportunity, I know it’s a very competitive team. It’s one of the best teams in the world where there are many important players.”

“I have to be patient, keep training and I know my chance will arrive and I will have to take advantage of it when it comes.”

Campbell played 43 games last season for Olympiakos, scoring 11 goals in all competitions including a long-range effort against Manchester United in the Champions League.

The former Saprissa youth product has already represented his national team 38 times and was one of Costa Rica’s most influential players in their run to the quarter-finals at the World Cup in Brazil.

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