Costa Rica's World Cup sensation Joel Campbell is adamant that he will return to Arsenal next season and finally make a long-awaited debut for a club he signed professional terms for back in 2011, following a tremendous performance on football's biggest stage.
Campbell was the catalyst for the central American nation's superb 3-1 victory over Uruguay last night, scoring an equaliser on 54 minutes and also providing a delicious pass which allowed Marcos Urena to put the result beyond doubt late on.
The 21-year-old now believes that he will definitely play for Arsenal next season and help enhance attacking options at the Emirates, providing much-needed support for Olivier Giroud regardless of Arsene Wenger's summer transfer plans.
He told Goal.com: "Of course I have to go back because I have a contract with Arsenal. But the most important thing just now is my country and the World Cup."
Before Saturday's virtuoso display Gunners fans had only seen glimpses of Campbell in the Champions League for Olympiacos, although his curling strike from range against Manchester United in last season's knockout stages was a memorable highlight.
The versatile forward scored 11 goals and set up a further 12 on loan at Olympiakos last season, proving an instant hit with the Greek champions and proving he can play in Europe's top club competition with success.
Olympiakos want to keep their loan starlet and are interested in a permanent transfer, but Arsenal have already allowed the speed demon to spend three campaigns in different league's across the continent and will surely finally offer Campbell a chance to prove his worth next term.
Gunners boss Arsene Wenger's admiration for the player has previously been hamstrung by work-permit complications, forcing Campbell to represent Lorient, Real Betis and the Athens giants rather than Arsenal in recent years.
Campbell has surely blown that barrier out of the water with his form over the last 12 months though, including making his mark at the World Cup and giving Costa Rica every chance of qualifying from a group which also contains England and Italy.
England supporters will get another chance to check out Campbell's predatory prowess in the very neat future, with the Three Lions taking on Costa Rica in a final Group D clash that looks likely to be decisive for both sides in Belo Horizonte on June 24.
Wenger will no doubt be an interested observer as he weighs up whether to hand Campbell a chance or spend a portion of his £100m transfer warchest on a new centre-forward, but surely the pacy, energetic forward's current form is impossible to ignore.
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