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Campbell aims to follow Henry's example at Arsenal

ESPN staff
August 1, 2014
Joel Campbell has spent the last three seasons out on loan © Getty Images

Joel Campbell says the Premier League is the place he wants to play after being inspired to try to follow the example set by Thierry Henry at Arsenal.

The striker has been farmed out on loan to Lorient, Real Betis and Olympiakos by manager Arsene Wenger since signing for the club in 2011 and is still waiting to make his Arsenal debut.

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He has linked to a host of European clubs this summer including AC Milan and Galatasaray as well as West Ham, Southampton, Everton and Newcastle after he impressed for Costa Rica at the World Cup.

But the most interest appears to be in further temporary moves and Campbell wants to make his mark at Arsenal. "The Premier League's the most interesting in the world and I've always wanted to play here," Campbell told The Sun. "It's my dream. And I believe I'm good enough."

"I've played around 100 games in three different top divisions in Europe - Lorient in France, Real Betis in Spain and Olympiakos in Greece, where I played Champions League, too.

"I also have 36 caps for my country and I have just played at a World Cup - the biggest competition on the planet.

"So I'm confident of being successful in any division in the world."

Campbell's desire to play in the Premier League stems from watching Arsenal as a child and, in particular, the club's record goalscorer Thierry Henry.

"He is the best example you can follow if you want to be a top striker," added Campbell.

"Arsenal were always my favourite team because of the way they play. It was exciting to watch and gave me my passion for the Premier League."

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