Arsenal striker Joel Campbell has revealed that he opted for Arsenal ahead of the competition because of the opportunity to grow as a footballer at the club he supported as a child, in an interview with Argentine TV program Infobae.
The Costa Rican international joined the Gunners in the summer of 2011 but he spent the past three seasons out on loan.
Highly-rated as a youngster, Arsene Wenger managed to pull off a coup by securing his services ahead of a number of interested clubs.
In an interview with Argentine TV program Infobae, Campbell revealed how his move to North London came about and why he decided a move to the Emirates was in his best interests.
“Arsenal’s interest came after the Copa America 2011,” he told Infobae TV through a live interview. “There were already a number of teams following me and calling me.
“After the Under-20 pre-World Cup, I went to the Gold Cup and Copa America when I was 18-years-old. After a match against Bolivia, an Arsenal scout approached me and conversations began over joining them.
“For me it was a proud moment because I was doing the right things and a number of clubs were calling me.
“I opted for Arsenal because it is a team I have always liked. I have been a fan since I was small and it was a great opportunity for me to come and grow as a footballer.”
Campbell shot to prominence during last summer's World Cup as his nation surpassed all expectations, navigating through a group containing England, Uruguay and Italy before reaching the quarter-finals.
However, he has yet to break into the Gunners’ first team this season, making just four substitute appearances in the Premier League thus far.