Joel Campbell
Joel Campbell impressed greatly during the World CupGetty

Arsenal youngster Joel Campbell wants to begin his march towards becoming the true successor to Thierry Henry by winning a first-team place at the Emirates Stadium for the forthcoming season.

The Costa Rica international impressed at the World Cup but has never made an appearance for the Gunners after work permit problems, which led to loan spells at Lorient, Real Betis and Olympiakos.

But after Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger declared Campbell available for the new season, the striker has his eyes on a regular first-team place with the FA Cup winners.

"The Premier League's the most interesting in the world and I've always wanted to play here," Campbell told The Sun. "It's my dream. And I believe I'm good enough."

"I've played around 100 games in three different top divisions in Europe - Lorient in France, Real Betis in Spain and Olympiakos in Greece, where I played Champions League, too.

"I also have 36 caps for my country and I have just played at a World Cup - the biggest competition on the planet.

"So I'm confident of being successful in any division in the world."

The 22-year-old's pace and quick feet evoke memories of the club's record scorer Thierry Henry in his pomp and, since the French World Cup winners' move to Barcelona in 2006, Arsenal have been striving to find a genuine replacement.

Campbell's performances in Brazil and last season's Champions League during which he scored against Manchester United suggest he has the ability to impress on a grander stage.

And following in Henry's footsteps is something that appeals to the youngster.

"He [Henry] is the best example you can follow if you want to be a top striker," said Campbell.

"Arsenal were always my favourite team because of the way they play. It was exciting to watch and gave me my passion for the Premier League."