Man City Legend Says Arsenal Striker Has A Big Future Ahead Of Him

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Arsenal forward can star for the Gunners and at the 2014 FIFA World Cup, says national team assistant coach.

Former Manchester City ace Paulo Wanchope says Arsenal striker Joel Campbell will be a great player.

The 21 year-old forward signed for the Gunners in 2011, but due to issues surrounding his work permit application and a need for first team experience in European football, has spent his time since on loan at Lorient, Real Betis and Olympiakos.

Campbell has been a solid – if not spectacular – performer up front and on the wings for the three clubs, but a wonder goal in the first leg of the Greek side’s UEFA Champions League last 16 clash against Manchester United caught the attention of the UK media.

So too did the fact that England were drawn in the same group as Costa Rica for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil this summer, with Campbell set to play a starring role for the Central Americans.

He has scored nine times for his country in 31 caps, and Costa Rica assistant coach Wanchope has high hopes he will develop into an excellent player.

“I had a few calls from England when Joel scored against Manchester United,” Wanchope said to the Daily Telegraph.

“It was special for him, he will be a good player. That’s why Arsenal bought him.

“People will expect even more from him now he scored against United, he is doing well and people will expect more when he comes back to Arsenal. That goal will make sure England know about him.

“But he’s a great talent, he is someone who can do something different in the game. When we need someone to break down the defensive players, he is someone who can really do great things for Costa Rica.”

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