Joel Campbell lauds quality of Arsenal squad, singles out one star in particular


The Gunners attacker says the number of top-quality players in the Arsenal squad makes it easy for himself and his teammates.

Arsenal winger Joel Campbell has told the club's website that the class in the Arsenal squad from top-quality players such as Mesut Ozil makes it easy for himself and his teammates to improve.

Campbell has enjoyed a breakthrough season at the Emirates Stadium this season after numerous loan spells abroad, scoring four goals in 27 appearances in all competitions.

That has seen the 23-year-old playing alongside such global stars as Ozil, and he says that attributes such as the German's vision and passing range make it that much easier for the other players in the side.

Campbell told the club's official website: "Mesut has so much quality that, when you go to make a move, he always makes the pass at just the right time.

"But we have great players right though the team, so many players with quality. It’s easier for all us!"

  PositionTeamGoal AssistGoalsTotal PassAccurate PassTouchesAppearances
Mesut Özil MF Arsenal 32 14 4,748 4,152 6,165 76
Santiago Cazorla MF Arsenal 22 11 5,453 4,817 7,188 82
Aaron Ramsey MF Arsenal 17 21 4,885 4,174 6,303 77
Olivier Giroud FW Arsenal 15 42 2,534 1,736 3,864 93
Alexis Sánchez FW Arsenal 11 23 2,477 1,938 4,008 57
Theo Walcott FW Arsenal 6 14 641 522 1,169 49
Jack Wilshere MF Arsenal 5 5 1,744 1,491 2,278 38
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain MF Arsenal 3 4 1,477 1,205 2,356 59
Danny Welbeck FW Arsenal 3 7 592 480 1,038 30
Tomas Rosicky MF Arsenal 2 4 1,567 1,332 1,874 42
Mikel Arteta MF Arsenal 1 2 2,695 2,482 3,197 46
Joel Campbell FW Arsenal 1 3 351 275 563 20

Although occasionally accused of going missing in big games, Ozil has generally been a jewel in the crown of Arsene Wenger's side since his signing from Real Madrid for around £40 million in 2013.

In the nearly three full seasons since the German arrived at Arsenal, he has registered 14 goals and 32 assists from 76 appearances for the club, becoming an integral part of the North Londoners' starting XI.

That assists total in 10 more than any other player has managed at the club during that period, with Santi Cazorla having registered 22, although that tally has come in six more games than Ozil's.

The form of Ozil has been a main driving force behind Arsenal's back-to-back FA Cup triumphs in the last two years, as well as their title challenge this season.

However, that challenge has faltered somewhat in recent weeks, with Gunners now 11 points off the pace of leaders Leicester City, albeit with a game in hand.

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