Joel Campbell reveals why he opted to join Arsenal ahead of strong competition

Arsenal beat off stiff competition for the signature of Joel Campbell.

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.

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