Joel Campbell speaks out over Arsenal exit rumours

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Arsenal forward Joel Campbell is so fed up with speculation over his future that he's decided to go public with his desire to stay at the Emirates, despite a lack of consistent-first team action so far this season.

Campbell was finally brought back to Arsenal by Gunners boss Arsene Wenger this summer after three seasons on loan across Europe, thanks largely to a series of strong showings at the World Cup for Costa Rica.

Wenger has only used the 22-year-old sparingly this season though, with a grand total of 39 minutes in the Premier League alongside a single start in the League Cup against Southampton.

Campbell plans to stay patient

Campbell uploaded an interview on his own personal website yesterday which makes it very clear how he feels about reports linking the forward with yet another short-term loan switch.

The pacy forward said: "What they have been saying is not true, I'm very calm. I have not been furious.

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When will his chance come?

"Obviously, yes, I would like to be playing, but that's something that has to be earned day by day. I have to keep training and waiting for the opportunity, I know it's a very competitive team.

"Arsenal is one of the best teams in the world where there are many important players. I have to be patient, keep training and I know my chance will arrive and I'll have to take advantage of it when it comes.

"[I've learned] a lot (from Arsene Wenger). He is a coach who has many years in football and with Arsenal. I am learning from him and from my peers every day in training. I'm doing my best to be a better player every day."

Wenger has plenty of options in attack

There's no question that Campbell faces an uphill battle to break into the Arsenal side, primarily because Wenger has so may exciting attacking options at his disposal.

Campbell has primarily been used in an advanced wide role when deployed from the bench this season, but it's no surprise he's primarily a snub with Alexis Sanchez, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Theo Walcott among those ahead in the pecking order.

Lukas Podolski should serve as an example to Campbell of how just difficult it is to earn Wenger's trust as a regular starter, with the World Cup winner a virtual passenger for the Gunners so far this season.

Determination and drive are traits Campbell has in spades, but he'll need them both to still be an Arsenal player at the end of the season.

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