Joel Campbell: I'm going back to Arsenal

The Costa Rica international, who was the best player on the pitch as his side struck a surprise 3-1 victory over Uruguay, expects to come in from the cold for the Gunners
By Robin Bairner in Fortaleza

Costa Rica's World Cup hero, Joel Campbell, has confirmed that he intends to start next season at Arsenal.

The 21-year-old scored once and created another as the Central American side caused the first upset of the World Cup, beating Uruguay 3-1 in Fortaleza.

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Campbell signed for Arsenal three years ago but has spent the entire duration of his Gunners career out on loan, most recently with Greek champions Olympiakos, but hopes that his exploits in Brazil this summer will be enough to convince Arsene Wenger that his long-term future lies in north London.

"Of course I have to go back because I have a contract with Arsenal," he told reporters after the game on Saturday, "but the most important thing just now is my country and the World Cup."

Edinson Cavani scored the first goal of Saturday's game from the penalty spot but Costa Rica roared back in the second half, with Oscar Duarte and Marcos Urena joining Campbell on the scoresheet.
"Today was excellent for me but it would have come to naught without the contribution of my colleagues," the Arsenal youngster added. "Everyone lived up to their responsibilities. I tried to do my best to score goals and my colleague supported me.

"We have to take one step after another. We have difficult matches ahead but this will give us impetus."