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Joel Campbell prepared to fight for Arsenal place

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Arsenal forward Joel Campbell has admitted that he remains very much in the dark over whether he will get a chance to prove his worth at the Emirates next season, despite impressing on loan with Olympiacos this term.

Campbell gave Gunners fans a sample of his attacking qualities in the Champions League last week, scoring a stunner from range for Olympiacos against Manchester United to seal a 2-0 win for the Greek champions.

The 21-year-old has spent the last three seasons out on loan across the continent since signing for the Gunners, following initial work permit complications, but could provide a welcome fresh attacking option at the Emirates if recalled next year.

The Costa Rica start commented on his future while on international duty, sharing that he too is still waiting for confirmation from Arsenal over where he stands.

Campbell told reporters: "I do nothing more than focus on playing for the team, whether Olympiacos, in Real Betis or Lorient.

For me it's been an experience that's made me grow as a player. It's not the time to say whether I will play at Arsenal or not, but if I get the chance to play there I will do as I have always done.

"I will fight and believe in myself. I know I have the qualities to be where I want but I have to improve a lot. I have to work day by day so I can be there."

Arsene Wenger will ultimately make the call over Campbell's long-term future, although with a lack of recognised centre-forwards in his squad the versatile predator is expected to get a chance next season.

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