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Campbell on loan spells and the future

Joel Campbell says he is “enjoying the journey” to become a top-level player.

The Costa Rica forward is only 22 but has already gained experience in France, Spain, England and Greece, where he played Champions League football for Olympiacos.

Now, after a successful World Cup in Brazil, Campbell is back on loan in Spain with Villarreal and is confident the first-team experience will benefit him when he returns to Arsenal.

"I have a long way to go but I hope not to get any serious injuries so I can work hard and just continue to improve"

Joel Campbell

“My experiences abroad helped me a lot,” he told Arsenal Player. “At Lorient I had my first spell in European football. I arrived in France aged 18 and I managed to play many games in the league.

“One year later I went to Betis in Seville. It was a very positive experience. I played around 30 games in La Liga which is one of the best three domestic competitions in the world.

“Then last season at Olympiacos I competed in the Champions League. I got a lot of confidence from the manager. Michel helped me build my confidence and gave me plenty of freedom to show my game.

“So far I’ve enjoyed this journey. I’m just 22 years old but I’ve played in France, Spain, Greece and England. I still have a long way to go but I hope not to get any serious injuries so I can work hard and just continue to improve.”

Joel Campbell in action against Galatasaray

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