Joel Campbell says his fine recent performances are a result of an upturn in confidence.

The Costa Rica forward has impressed since establishing himself in the Arsenal team towards the end of 2015, scoring his first three goals for the club and producing a series of hardworking displays.

That run of form has led to praise from Arsène Wenger, who believes Campbell is playing with more freedom than ever before.

I try to give my best, to run as much as I can, to score and to help the team in everything they need, so that would make it easier to be considered for the next match

Joel Campbell

“It is due to confidence,” Campbell told Arsenal Player. “It’s true I felt a bit more pressure to show what I was capable of, but now after every match and for some time I feel more confident and calm, so I can give more every time I play.

“I think I have improved in my confidence, which I believe is the most important thing for a player. After every game I have played on the pitch, I have felt even more comfortable.

“So I feel very confident about what I am capable of and that gives me a lot of calmness.

“This is a big team for me and and it is very difficult to get a chance to play. So every minute is important.

“I try to give my best, to run as much as I can, to score and to help the team in everything they need, so that would make it easier to be considered for the next match.”

Joel Campbell
Joel Campbell

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Nik Brumsack 2 Feb 2016