Joel Campbell outlines what about Arsenal and English football has made him a better player

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The Costa Rican says the Premier League's intensity and the pressure on the Gunners to perform well have both been good things in his development.

Arsenal winger Joel Campbell has told the club's official website that the pressure on Gunners players and the club itself to perform well and the intensity of the Premier League have both improved him as a player.

Campbell has finally made his big breakthrough into the first-team set-up at Emirates Stadium this season after four loan spells away and has started to be able to display the natural talent he so clearly boasts.

The 23-year-old has made 29 appearances in all competitions for the club during the campaign, scoring four goals, and though he has found starting opportunities limited in recent times, he has become a fully-fledged member of the squad.

The Costa Rican international has highlighted two crucial factors in being able to make the step from untested squad player to regular contributor, telling the club's official website that the full-on nature of the English game and the pressure of succeeding at Arsenal have only served to improve him.

Campbell said: [The Premier League] is really intense and when I thought about playing in England, I knew that the football here would challenge me a lot and that it would be both very fast and technical. It is not harder than I expected. It is a competitive league, the games are really end-to-end, it is really fast and I'm really happy to be part of Arsenal and playing in the Premier League.

"You have to be very committed to the team, you have to have quality and you need to give your all. Pressure is always going to be there, and even more so at a club like Arsenal that is always fighting to achieve things.

"We feel the pressure to win every game, which isn't a bad thing, and when you're a big team there is pressure from all sources - social media, the fans and from within the club. There is always going to be pressure on the team to be the best."

Campbell has not had much of a look-in in recent weeks, and has just 15 minutes of action across two late substitute appearances to his name since 13 March.

Meanwhile, Arsenal's 0-0 draw with Sunderland at the weekend leaves them five points behind rivals Tottenham Hotspur with three games to go and just five points ahead of Manchester United - with the Red Devils boasting a game in hand - as they look to hold on to their Champions League position.

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