Joel Campbell: Arsene Wenger confirms Costa Rica forward will be at Arsenal next season

The 21-year-old excelled against Uruguay on Saturday

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has confirmed that the Costa Rica forward Joel Campbell, who scored in the 3-1 win over Uruguay yesterday, will feature in his plans next season.

The 21-year-old joined the Gunners in 2011,  but has been out on three loans spells, to Lorient in 2011, Real Beits in 202, and Olympiakos last season. He obtained a work permit to enable him to play in England last year.

"He will definitely come back to us for pre-season," Wenger who is over in Brazil on commentary duty for France television, said. "He is maturing well."

In addition to scoring the equaliser against Uruguay, Campbell also played a defence-splitting pass for Costa Rica's third.

Arsenal wasted no time in proving they were behind their young star, compiling three tweets in support of his performance.

After the game, Campbell said: "Today was excellent for me but it would have come to nothing without the contribution of my colleagues.

"Everyone lived up to their responsibilities. I tried to do my best to score goals and my colleague supported me

"We have to take one step after another. We have difficult matches ahead but this will give us impetus."