48 touches, 6 recoveries: Arsenal star Joel Campbell superb in thrilling draw

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Arsenal drew 3-3 with Liverpool at Anfield.

Arsenal forward Joel Campbell further strengthened his burgeoning reputation with another superb display during his side’s emphatic 3-3 draw with Liverpool at Anfield.

In a topsy-turvy encounter, both Arsenal and Liverpool held leads at one point over the 90 minutes and a display of fine attacking play from the two teams made for quite a spectacle.

Roberto Firmino and Olivier Giroud both netted braces, with Aaron Ramsey and Joe Allen the other goal scorers – the latter rounding off the scoring with an 89th minute equaliser.

For Arsenal there were plenty of positives with Olivier Giroud once again superb up top, but for Wenger arguably the most pleasing performance from his side came from Campbell.

The Costa Rica international raised eyebrows earlier in the campaign when thrust into the line-up, yet his latest display once again illustrates exactly why Wenger places his faith in him.

  AssistsShotsKey PassesTouchesAccurate PassesBall RecoveriesTacklesMins Played
Joel Campbell 1 3 2 48 16 6 5 75

As shown by the table provided by Opta, Campbell contributed greatly from both an attacking and a defensive aspect as he was tasked with tracking attacking fullback Alberto Moreno.

Campbell was chosen ahead of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, and after posting six ball recoveries and five tackles it’s quite understandable why he was the man selected for the job

Going forward, the 23-year-old was just as impressive, setting up Aaron Ramsey’s equaliser and posting three shots and two chances created via key passes before making way on 75 minutes.

It remains to be seen how much Campbell features when the likes of Alexis Sanchez, Santi Cazorla and Danny Welbeck return from injury. But for the time being, he’s certainly not looking out of place.

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