Joel Campbell aims to emulate Thierry Henry

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Joel Campbell says he is ready to chase down the legacy built by Thierry Henry by earning a place in Arsene Wenger's starting line-up this season.

Campbell has finally joined up with his Arsenal team-mates in pre-season training following an extended break. Having inspired Costa Rica to a quarter-final berth at the World Cup, Campbell was still enjoying his summer holiday when Arsenal took on the New York Red Bulls, in which Arsenal faced their former hero Henry.

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Uncertain future

There is still uncertainty over Campbell's future. Despite training with Arsenal during their pre-season camp in Austria, there is still the possibility the 21-year-old will be loaned out for a fourth consecutive season.

AC Milan, Galatasaray, West Ham, Southampton, Everton and Newcastle have all been accredited with an interest with the San Siro outfit thought to be keen on a £16 million permanent deal.

'I'm good enough'

However, Campbell believes he is good enough to succeed at Arsenal this season having proven his quality in the World Cup and during his loan spells. He says he has enough experience to compete in the Premier League; a league he considers the most competitive in the world.

"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."

The next Thierry Henry

Obviously confident in his own ability, the comparisons with Arsenal's top scorer Henry are inevitable. Henry left such a legacy at Arsenal that he has been immortalised with a statue outside Arsenal's Emirates Stadium.

Campbell says he idolised the Frenchman during his youth and believes he has the ability to follow his example in north London.

"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."

Campbell pedigree

Campbell has obviously impressed in the last 12 months both in the World Cup and with Olympiakos. The Costa Rican played a key role in Olympiakos's title winning campaign and later inspired them to an impressive 2-0 win over Manchester United in the Champions League.

However, his affiliation with Arsenal had been nothing more than a footnote after his first two loans spells with Lorient and Real Betis. Campbell struggled to impress with both clubs before bursting onto the scene in Greece.

Campbell then threw himself into the limelight with a man of the match performance against Uruguay in the group stages of the World Cup. Wenger is under pressure to give him a chance with Arsenal next season although, as previously mentioned, another loan spell remains a possibility.

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