Joel Campbell has committed his future to Arsenal after revealing that he is very happy to be a part of the Gunners squad competing the Premier League. The Costa Rican international is on the verge of completing his first full season in the English top-flight after multiple loan spells since joining Arsene Wenger's team in 2011.
The 23-year-old forward has spent time on loan in France, Spain and Greece in the last three-and-a-half seasons, initially due to a lack of a work permit but during the 2014/15 campaign it was due to his inability to break into the first team. Campbell has finally broken into the starting XI and has made 29 appearances in all competitions thus far this campaign.
Arsene Wenger has always rated the Costa Rican forward highly and the manager's faith was repaid as Campbell put in some hard working performances at the start of the season, which also saw him leap ahead of Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in the pecking order for a place on the right-wing. The attacker has found game time scarce yet again following the emergence of Alex Iwobi but has made an impact to justify a place in the team.
The former Deportivo Saprissa star admits that the Premier League is everything he expected it to be and believes the pressure is more when you are playing for a top club like Arsenal.
"It is really intense and when I thought about playing in England, I knew that the football here would challenge me a lot and that it would be both very fast and technical," Campbell told Arsenal Player.
"It is not harder than I expected. It is a competitive league, the games are really end-to-end, it is really fast and I'm really happy to be part of Arsenal and playing in the Premier League.
"You have to be very committed to the team, you have to have quality and you need to give your all. Pressure is always going to be there, and even more so at a club like Arsenal that is always fighting to achieve things," the Costa Rican forward explained.
"We feel the pressure to win every game, which isn't a bad thing, and when you're a big team there is pressure from all sources — social media, the fans and from within the club. There is always going to be pressure on the team to be the best."