Wenger told former Arsenal player that he 'nearly sold' Joel Campbell

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Joel Campbell has impressed at the World Cup this summer, but he might have been sold by Arsenal, according to Lee Dixon.

Costa Rica are through to the quarter-finals of the World Cup - after the tiny nation from Central America shocked us all once again to defeat Greece on penalties - despite playing for 50 minutes with ten men.

A goal from Bryan Ruiz was chalked off after Borussia Dortmund defender Sokratis Papastathopolous scored in the 90th minute.

It then looked as though Greece had the win in the bag. With inspirational defender Oscar Duarte sent off the performance of Levante keeper Keylor Navas proved vital, making several excellent stops and taking gamesmanship to the extreme to help Costa Rica reach penalties.

When he saved Theofanis Gekas' effort the game, and the tie, was over.

But the most remarkable thing about the shootout was Joel Campbell managing to muster up the effort to score a spot-kick.

He loitered around, dead on his feet, for the last 40 minutes of the game after a tireless effort as the one man striker for his country.

It was another performance which showed Campbell's raw and untapped ability. He returns to Arsenal this summer for pre-season and Arsene Wenger will be considering keeping the player on board for the 2014-15 season.

Campbell has previously had work permit issues, so he has spent time on loan with Lorient, Real Betis and most recently Olympiakos - but 12 months ago he was reportedly close to sealing a permanent move to the Spanish side.

And Lee Dixon revealed last night, during match commentary for the game on ITV, that Wenger considered selling the player recently.

Dixon, speaking about a meeting with Wenger in their hotel in Brazil, said he asked Wenger about Campbell to which the Arsenal boss - who managed Dixon between 1996 and 2002 - responded:

"Campbell has done well ... I nearly sold him a while ago."

And when asked whether he would be part of the first-team next season, Wenger responded cryptically:

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"We will see."

Time will therefore tell if Campbell has done enough to convince Wenger that he deserves a place in the Arsenal first-team.

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