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Joel Campbell confident of Arsenal breakthrough

ESPN staff
May 23, 2012
Joel Campbell scored four times for Lorient © PA Photos

Teenage Arsenal striker Joel Campbell is hoping to make a big impact at the North London club next season, having spent the current campaign on loan at Ligue 1 side Lorient.

Campbell, 19, scored four times for the Brittany outfit and hopes to return to the Gunners next season in a position to challenge for the first-team.

The young Costa Rican hopes to follow the example of midfielder Francis Coquelin in successfully returning from Lorient straight into the Arsenal first-team set-up.

"That's what I'm hoping for - to play for Arsenal next year. I think I've got the ability to do it. I've got every confidence in my ability to go to Arsenal and play,'' Campbell told Arsenal Player.

"I have learned how to live with other people in a different country to mine, to be here living life outside football, to learn about the training and the intensity of the game in Ligue 1. That's all helped me to learn things so I can continue my football career with Arsenal, and I hope that's going to happen.''

With Arsenal having already secured the addition of Lukas Podolski for the new season and hoping to retain the services of Robin van Persie, Campbell faces a major challenge getting first-team action.

The young striker, though, is confident he can make an impact: "I think I can bring a lot of things to the Arsenal attack - I can contribute goals and assists. I want people to see what I can do.

"I always think big, so I want to go to Arsenal and play as many games as possible. I have to give everything I've got, train hard and have faith in my abilities, to never doubt them and keep moving forward.''

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