By Lloyd Webb
Arsene Wenger feels that Joel Campbell’s loan spells prove his strength of character.
The Costa Rica international was in fine form in Saturday’s 3-0 win at Swansea and scored his first Arsenal goal with a calm finish.
"Finally he got the chance and I’m very happy for him"
Wenger believes Campbell’s strike was important for his confidence, having had limited game time since his return to the club.
“I think he wanted to go [in the summer] because he didn’t play, which you can understand and as well because he didn’t play at all,” he said. “Sometimes people want you to buy more and more players but after a while you have to look at your own players.
“He comes from Costa Rica, to get out of there and to come to [England] and to go different leagues and survive, you need some character and he has shown that again today. In our job, all you can do is be ready and when you get your chance, take it and I think he did.
“When he came back he was on the waiting list and finally he got the chance and I’m very happy for him.“I think he worked very hard, defended very well, created chances in the first half - he had that shot that was not that far off. He had another shot and in the second half he scored a goal and on top of that he worked very hard.”
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