Joel Campbell has admitted that the ambidextrous nature of Arsenal team-mate Santi Cazorla astonished him.
The diminutive Spaniard has carved out a reputation for himself as one of the strongest players in the world when it comes to using either feet. Since joining from Malaga in 2012, Cazorla has proved equally adept at taking set-pieces with his right and left foot.
For Campbell, who joined up with the Arsenal squad for the first time this summer having spent three seasons on loan, says that training with the attacking midfielder has left him astonished. The 22-year-old will be hoping to pick up a few tips off Cazorla this season.
He told Arsenal's official website: “I must say that Santi Cazorla has some exceptional technical skills. He can take corners or free-kicks equally with his right or left foot. That’s some technique! That is a very unusual thing to see and it has left me astonished.
Deadline day move
Campbell may be quite surprised to find himself in an Arsenal shirt this season. It seemed a transfer deadline day move to Benfica was in the works, but Arsene Wenger reportedly pulled the plug on the deal at the last minute.
His agent lamented such action, but Campbell is confident that staying in north London will help him to improve as a player. The Costa Rica international also feels he can contribute to the Gunners as long as he works hard.
He said: “Arsene Wenger has many good options to line up a great attacking force.
“I presume that every attacking player in the squad will fight with me for a starting place. But I am my biggest competitor - I have to train hard and get better day after day. Being here is a great opportunity for me.
As Campbell admits, competition for places in the final third of the pitch is intense at the Emirates Stadium. Pundits have pointed towards Campbell as the biggest loser from Danny Welbeck's arrival at Arsenal, but Campbell insists his ability to play in a number of positions should help his cause.
“I feel that I can contribute with speed, goals and dribbling skills. I am a player capable of playing either on the right or left flanks or in the middle," he continued.
“It’s down to the manager to decide which of those three positions I am needed most in. I just have to do my best anywhere I play.”