Joel Campbell: Loan experiences helped me.

Arsenal attacker Joel Campbell has revealed that he benefited from his various loan spells across Europe.

Campbell, who has been on loan most of the time since he became a Gunner, scored his first goal for the north London side - when they thrashed Swansea City 3-0 few weeks ago.

“I really enjoyed my loan spells at Lorient, Betis, Olympiacos and more recently at Villarreal,” the 23-year-old told Arsenal Player. “Those experiences really helped me in terms of my personality and as life experience. They were great times for me.

“I had a great coach in Christian Gourcuff [at Lorient] and learnt a lot of things from him. It was like my first lesson here in Europe, I was happy and enjoyed it to the full. It's an important part of who I am today.

“Betis also treated me really well, the fans were amazing and I have to say I really enjoyed my stay there. The team had a great season and the fans were right behind the team and me personally so I'll never forget my time there.

“At Olympiacos I had lots of confidence - the coach, Michel, gave me a lot of confidence and made me an important player in the team, which I was able to make the most of. I was a more mature player by that point too as I'd been in Europe for two years and that was really important for me.”

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