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Arsenal keen to sign international star on long-term deal

campbell912111Arsenal fans in the Transfer Tavern have had a stellar past few months, with the only black mark being the Boxing Day drubbing in the hands of Southampton, but the supporters are merrily downing their pints and consider that performance as a blip.

Now the discussions have changed to a breakthrough star of the season, following reports from The Telegraph that state Arsenal are set to offer Joel Campbell a new contract.

Campbell wanted to leave North London in the summer amid a lack of first-team opportunities and it seemed his chances would not improve this term. However, a wealth of injury problems gave him a run in the starting line-up and he’s grabbed his chance with both hands.

The Costa Rican star has netted three goals this season, including an equaliser in the weekend’s 3-1 victory over Sunderland, and can be considered a contender for a regular starting berth as the season progresses- with our fans rating his performances as much higher than those of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

This has led to Campbell being a key component in Arsenal’s title charge, a challenge in which the Gunners are now favourites and as a result you could do worse than deciding to claim your Matchbook bonus at 
by betting on Wenger’s men to win it all.

Wenger has openly committed on the player’s impressive rise this season, likening his breakthrough to Francis Coquelin’s emergence last season.

“What is very interesting in Campbell’s case is that he looks like he has gained more confidence and authority in his game and in the final third he is a dangerous player. You want to be surprised by the quality of your players and where he surprises you is in the intensity of his team-work.”

“I flat-refused to let him go because I saw something in him that gives you belief, because of his attitude. It is true he had players in front of him and you think ‘can you block a player like that?’ He came back and I explained the situation to him. I said: ‘Let’s have a go and see where we stand in January’. It’s a bit similar to Coquelin.”

Our landlord believes this is a big deal that Arsenal should prioritise, with Campbell showing the consistency and high level of performances to suggest he can be a superstar in the future.

Arsenal fans, is Campbell your surprise package of the season so far? Let us know in the comments below!

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