Turkish press: Joel Campbell is Arsenal's important player

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In a roster filled with talent, Turkish media believe burgeoning attacker Joel Campbell is a key man in Champions League fixture with Besiktas.

Arsenal challenge Besiktas at the Ataturk Olympic Stadium this evening, Tuesday, for the first of two qualifying legs ahead of the group stage of the Champions League competition and, despite possessing a squad that possesses trophy-collecting midfielder Aaron Ramsey, it is Joel Campbell who has been identified as Arsenal Wenger's "important player."

The Costa Rica international, 22, is coming of age as an athlete and as a footballer following loan spells at Lorient, Real Betis and Olympiakos.

The forward, adept at playing a multitude of positions, attracted headlines throughout the current calendar year for a: scoring against Manchester United in the Champions League and b: excelling during the World Cup tournament in Brazil, where he completed nine dribbles, contributed a brace of goal-scoring opportunities (one of which was an assist) and scored one goal from five shots in five appearances.

Wenger is expected to name a strong Arsenal side to compete against Besiktas in the latter's home ground, with Ramsey, Mathieu Debuchy and Santi Cazorla all expected to feature - and play key parts.

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For the Turkish media, though, it is Mesut Ozil, marquee signing Alexis Sanchez and Joel Campbell who are listed as a threat due to the German's World Champion status, the Chilean's high-profile transfer and Campbell's "importance".

Campbell was on the substitutes bench for the visit of Crystal Palace at the weekend but he did not feature.

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