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Campbell eyes impact with Arsenal

ESPN staff
February 26, 2014
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Joel Campbell is hoping he can earn a place in Arsene Wenger's Arsenal plans following his Champions League heroics with Olympiakos in Tuesday's 2-0 last-16 first leg victory over Manchester United.

Having signed for Arsenal in August 2011, Campbell had loan spells at FC Lorient in France and Spanish side Real Betis before heading to Olympiakos for the current season, where he has eight goals in 28 appearances.

The latest of those strikes came as Campbell scored Olympiakos' second from long range at the Karaiskakis Stadium in Athens to put United up against it in their bid to reach the quarter-finals.

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"I am still hopeful of playing for Arsenal but I have not been given the chance yet," Campbell told ESPN after the match.

"I hope to keep working at Olympiakos. I am making sure that I take this opportunity. There are many things I can improve on though, I am 21 and I have to keep working."

Campbell admitted it was an emotional night for him with his family watching in the stands.

"Thank God I scored a goal and celebrated it with my father, girlfriend and cousins," he added.

He also told ITV: "I have a lot of goals but every goal has something in my heart. This goal is very special for me because my father is here in the stadium, he can see the goal. It's fantastic for me and for him."

Ahead of the return leg at Old Trafford in three weeks' time, Campbell insists Olympiakos have plenty of work to do if they are to knock David Moyes' side out of the competition.

"We played very well against a very good team and we weren't intimidated," Campbell told ESPN.

"There is still a very hard game at Old Trafford and we hope to advance to the next round."

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