Arsenal striker Joel Campbell says that he doesn’t shirk defensive responsibilities and admits that any position along a front three is his preferred role in an exclusive interview with Infobae TV.
The Costa Rican international has played in a number of roles over the past 18 months, firstly on loan at Olympiacos and then internationally at the World Cup and later for the Gunners.
Last season, one of the most important moments of his career came during a 2-0 victory over Manchester United in the Champions League, coming off the right flank and firing in a superb left-footed effort.
Yet, at international level, Campbell’s role is different as he plays centrally and is often looked upon as an influential leader in a somewhat inexperienced side.
When quizzed on which role he would like to take up in North London, the 22-year-old admitted he has no preference while also advocating the idea of contributing to defensive matters.
“The three attacking positions are the same for me, I know how to play all of them. I play more on the right side than the left, but for the national team I play through the middle,” he explained.
“I enjoy all three, and in Spain and also with Olympiacos I played an entire season on the flank where I had to do a lot of running up and down. It’s something I know how to do, and it doesn’t bother me."
So far this season, Campbell has been unable to force himself into Arsene Wenger’s plans due to heavy competition for places, playing just 39 minutes of Premier League action.
Still, his willingness and ability to play in a number of positions across the forward line will no doubt help his cause for the Gunners, as versatility is an important trait in today’s game.
With injuries always a problem, illustrated by Olivier Giroud and Theo Walcott's lengthy lay-offs, a player who is comfortable in multiple forward roles can prove to be a solution to potential big problems.
Campbell may not have managed to hold down a regular first-team spot as of yet, but a player of his ilk could turn out to be one of the club's most invaluable assets as the season draws on.