Striker outlines Arsenal credentials

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Joel Campbell hopes to reap the benefits of his loan spell at Lorient by making an impact on the Arsenal first-team next season.

The Costa Rican striker signed for the Gunners last summer from Deportivo Saprissa but was swiftly sent out to France in order to further his education in Ligue 1.

Campbell scored three goals in 25 appearances as Lorient narrowly avoided relegation to the second tier of French football, but the 19-year-old feels his a better player for his experiences at the Stade du Moustoir.

The young forward will now return to Arsenal in time for pre-season, and harbours the ambition of being given his Gunners debut by Arsene Wenger when the new campaign gets underway in August.

“That’s what I’m hoping for - to play for Arsenal next year,” Campbell told Arsenal Player. “I think I’ve got the ability to do it. I’ve got every confidence in my ability to go to Arsenal and play."

Campbell will certainly have his work cut out next term if he hopes to force his way into Wenger's thoughts, particularly if Arsenal manage to retain the services of Robin van Persie.

The acquisition of Lukas Podolski will also further dent Campbell's chances of regular first team action, but the teenager feels he has plenty to offer, should he be called upon by Wenger.

“I think I can bring a lot of things to the Arsenal attack - I can contribute goals and assists,” he added. “I want people to see what I can do. I always think big, so I want to go to Arsenal and play as many games as possible.

“I have to give everything I’ve got, train hard and have faith in my abilities, to never doubt them and keep moving forward.”

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