Joel Campbell continues to fight for his dream at Arsenal after being given a run in the first team this season as a result of injuries in the squad.

The Costa Rica international has made seven appearances for the Gunners in all competitions and scored his first goal for the club in a 3-0 win over Swansea last month.

Campbell started his second Premier League game of the campaign against arch-rivals Tottenham on Sunday and looked lively in the 1-1 draw at the Emirates, forcing visiting goalkeeper Hugo Lloris into a fine save at full stretch in the second half.

The 23-year-old forward has spent four separate spells out on loan since his arrival in north London from Saprissa in 2011 and he is determined to prove his worth to manager Arsene Wenger when the opportunity presents itself.

Asked about a potential exit in January, he toldIBTimes UK: "No [I didn't want to move]. I'm here at Arsenal, I am very happy. I keep fighting for my dream and I think I still have a long-term future here.

"Obviously a player always wants to play but in a team which has so many quality players like Arsenal, you need to be patient and taking the chance when it arrives."

Campbell is hoping to impress sufficiently to keep his place in the starting XI ahead of Aaron Ramsey, Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain when the injured trio return to the fold.

He added: "I try to do my best and then the manager will decide who plays. I am trying to take the opportunity but then the manager has to assess how I'm doing.

"I'm happy [for having played again against Tottenham] but we wanted to win. I'm still working and trying to seize the opportunities that the boss is giving me. Every opportunity is invaluable to me and I am trying to give my best."


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