Joel Campbell deserves his chance at Arsenal

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Man United, Liverpool… who are the EPL’s World Cup winners and losers?

Date: 29th June 2014 at 7:02pm
Written by Ben Coldwell

So the excitement of the group stage is over and now the fun of knockout football can begin. The World Cup group stage lived up to the billing and has provided excited viewers with the most outstanding exhibition of international football. It's now time to assess some of those Premier League stars who have appeared in Brazil. Blessed with a host of the world's best footballers, the contribution of talent from English shores has been relatively minimal, if compared to the likes of the Bundesliga and La Liga. Nevertheless, the Premier League has had its share of success and failure this summer. From the rip-roaring Dutch, to the dismal English, we run the rule over the FIVE winners and FIVE losers of the World Cup group stage so far. NB - we decided to go easy on England. There's no need to go over old ground too many times. Winners - Joel Campbell Costa Rica have been one of the biggest surprises of the World Cup so far, with their rigorously organised five-man defence, and their counter-attacking style having won a fair few admirers. There have been no members of the squad receiving more praise than Arsenal’s Joel Campbell. The 22-year-old could currently be in the running for the best young player of the tournament, with his match-winning display against Uruguay being his highlight of the tournament so far. Off the back of a good Champions League campaign with Olympiakos, and a successful World Cup with his underdog nation, Campbell will head to Arsenal for his first pre-season campaign with them since being signed in 2011. His reputation has rapidly risen. Winners - Robin van Persie A fairly miserable domestic campaign blighted by injury, lack of form, and the general presence of ... Read More

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