Joel Campbell's vision and passing are proving dangerous weapons for Arsenal

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Sublime ball control, nimble footwork and great movement - Joel Campbell has all the attributes required to be a top player, and yet it's his passing which seems to be particularly catching the eye at Arsenal.

The through ball is quite possibly the north Londoners' most potent weapon of attack given the creative players they possess, and whilst Mesut Ozil has earned all the plaudits this season for his assists, Campbell has proved that he's also capable of playing pinpoint passes to his teammates.

During Arsenal’s goalless draw against Stoke City, for example, the Costa Rican's incisive ball cut open the Potters' defence and put Olivier Giroud through on goal, though the Frenchman was unable to beat Jack Butland with the Gunners' best chance of the game.


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Four days prior, the 23-year-old produced a further two sublime passes against Liverpool, the first setting up Aaron Ramsey for his 14th-minute equaliser.

After delicately controlling a loose ball, Campbell slipped through a pass into Ramsey's path, the Welshman firing past Simon Mignolet at the near post. The pass was perfectly timed and devastatingly precise.

The Costa Rica international produced his second defence-splitting ball on the half hour mark, playing Theo Walcott in behind and taking two Liverpool defenders out of the game. Giroud would later fail to convert from Walcott's cross, but Campbell's awareness and anticipation were once again on show.

A successful through ball relies upon a mutual understanding between two players and a good reading of the game - Campbell has proved he is competent in both aspects.

The winger is fast proving his worth to the Gunners, not just with his creativity and goals, but also through the energy and willingness he shows to track back and defend.

Alongside the creative talents of Ozil and Santi Cazorla, there's little doubt Campbell's passing range will only grow stronger - and should his prominence continue to sky-rocket at the Emirates, he could soon find himself an indispensable member of Arsenal's side, much like Ozil and Alexis Sanchez.

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Thierry Henry
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