Arsenal striker Joel Campbell has vowed to thrust himself into manager Arsene Wenger’s first-team plans, despite on-going speculation surrounding his future at the Emirates Stadium.
Signed from hometown club Saprissa in August 2011, Campbell is getting his first proper taste of life at Arsenal this campaign, following three consecutive season-long loans at FC Lorient, Real Betis and Olympiakos, with his impressive World Cup performances catching the eye of the wider footballing world this past summer.
However, after on-going speculation surrounding his future following the tournament, the 28-times capped front man has made just three Premier League appearances so far for a total of 107 minutes, and has continued to be linked with a loan move in the New Year.
Nevertheless, the 22-year-old was handed a rare start for the Champions League clash at Galatasaray in midweek and, after putting in a commendable shift in a comfortable 4-1 win, hopes to have convinced Wenger to give him more chances moving forward.
“I always try and take advantage of the chances that come my way and play as well as I can,” he told www.arsenal.com. “I know that I can give more, so I’m working hard day in, day out to improve as a player.
“The Champions League is a big competition for any player. In a team like Arsenal, it’s easier to play well because you’re surrounded by good players. I just try to do the best I can so that I might be involved in future games.”
The likes of Benfica, Inter Milan, Everton, Stoke, Swansea and West Brom are all reported to be monitoring Campbell’s situation ahead of the transfer window, but it appears that Wenger is reluctant to ship him out on a short-term deal, having told www.arsenal.com this week: “Campbell will stay with us.”