Gunners confirm Campbell capture

Teenage forward free to link up with Wenger's men

Campbell: Becomes the latest promising youngster to join Wenger's ranks

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Arsenal have confirmed that exciting Costa Rican starlet Joel Campbell has completed a move to the club.

The Gunners, a side renowned for their youth-first transfer policy, have been tracking the 19-year-old for much of the summer.

It appeared at one stage as though they may miss out on his signature, with Serie A giants Fiorentina entering the race.

They have, however, been able to reach an agreement with Deportivo Saprissa and are now ready to welcome the highly-rated forward to the Emirates.

With all formal agreements and processes relating to a transfer now complete, Campbell is free to open a new chapter in his blossoming career.

The youngster will link up with the Gunners fresh from starring for his country at the recent U20 World Cup in Colombia.

While regarded as a star turn at that level, he is also a regular for the Costa Rican senior side and already has six caps to his name.

Arsenal are delighted to have bought into his undoubted potential and hope he will go on to have a long and productive career in the Premier League.

A statement on the club's official website read: "Everyone at Arsenal Football Club would like to welcome the young striker to the club and look forward to his contributions to the team."

Immense quality

Upon completing his switch to England, Campbell said: "It is a dream come true to play for such a big club in England and I want to do well for myself and Costa Rica.

"I am ready, I am very happy to be here and I want to focus on doing well for Arsenal.

"Arsene Wenger is a manager of immense quality. He knows how to use youngsters' ability. I have been watching Arsenal play since I was a kid and I took this decision because I know I have a possibility to become a better player here.

"I'm good in one-on-ones and I am a player who knows how to score goals. I play forward and I can play on both sides.

"I am going to learn a lot from the players here because they are experienced players who are very skilled."