Joel Campbell says that playing for the Gunners has been a dream for him ever since he saw Thierry Henry rock it in red and white.
The Costa Rican forward has returned to the club after three years on loan, which followed a protracted saga to sign him in the first place, but he’s now determined to make an impact in North London.
“I’ve always dreamed of playing for Arsenal since I was a young kid watching Thierry Henry”, he told The Sun (apparently).
“The manager has told me he wants me to be part of his plans and not send me on loan again. Now I want to repay his faith.
“I’ve no doubt I can succeed as I’ve now played more than 100 matches and got 36 caps for my country, and played in the world’s biggest tournament.
“So playing in the Premier League holds no fear, only excitement.”
Campbell will be part of the squad for today’s game against Crystal Palace, with Arsene Wenger again confirming he wants to keep the young forward at the club.
“He has adapted slowly, but has adapted very well, he has a very good spirit and attitude. He is a member of my squad at the moment.
“In training he is very focused and eager to do well. I would like to keep him.”
Emphasis ours on the quotes there but there’s still a bit of open-endedness to what the manager says about his future. Hopefully he can do enough between now and the end of the month to convince him fully.