Arsenal youngster Joel Campbell has admitted adjusting to French football was a challenge - but insists his time with Lorient was a great experience.

The 19-year-old striker made 25 appearances for Ligue 1 side Lorient, scoring four goals, but now concedes he's looking forward to returning to pre-season with Arsenal.

Campbell is set to rejoin the Gunners in July, but he believes his spell with Lorient will stand him in good stead for next season's Premier League campaign.

Speaking to arsenal.com, Campbell said: "It was tough for me because I wanted to play for Arsenal this season. But it's a new experience for me and it's a question of doing well, learning from European football and then coming back to Arsenal."

The young Costa Rican was signed by Arsene Wenger after making just three first team appearances for his previous club Saprissa. However, the youngster was unable to obtain a work permit and was sent, along with fellow Gunner Gilles Sunu, to Lorient.

After struggling to settle initially, Campbell went on to become a key part of Lorient's battle against the drop and the forward believes the experience of a relegation dogfight will benefit him next year.

"Coming to Lorient has been really good for me. It's a new experience for me to come and get a taste of French football, which is very competitive. I've learnt a lot here."

Despite a lack of first-team football, Campbell has already made 10 appearances for the Costa Rica national team and was a key part of their Under 20's run to the 2011 CONCACAF Final, top scoring in the tournament with six goals.

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