Arsenal’s hidden gem – Joel Campbell

Costa Rica have surpassed may expectations in this World Cup, having beaten Uruguay and 2006 winners Italy.  A team full of energy and strength, the Central Americans have taken Group D by storm, and have knocked out England.

They are a talented side, boasting players such as Bryan Ruiz of Fulham and most noticeably, Joel Campbell of Arsenal.

Campbell, despite having a very English name, is Costa Rican and is proud represent the Ticos internationally. Born in San Jose, Campbell began his youth career playing for Deportivo Saprissa, one of Costa Rica’s strongest sides, in 2004 before moving on to Arsenal in 2011, and going on loan to French outfit Lorient, netting 3 goals in 25 appearances. During the 2013-2014 season, Campbell went to Real Betis on a season-long loan, scoring 2 in 28 appearances. Last season, he joined Olimpiacos of Greece and enjoyed a prolific season, notching an impressive 8 goals in 32 appearances.

A relatively small, quick 21 year old, Joel Campbell has also been performing on the international stage, scoring 10 goals in 34 matches for the Costa Ricans, the latter goal, of course, contributing to the Ticos’ 3-1 thrashing of Uruguay!

At 21, Campbell has a lot of promise, it won’t be surprising to see quite a few Premier League clubs chasing his signature this summer!

Tomos Knox

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